18th November - AFC Dunstable 6 Egham Town 1
After 5 games without a win, AFC put in a great 2nd half performance to wrap up the 3 points, which saw them move up 2 places into 5th.
After the lack lustre performance against Chalfont St Peter last Saturday, manager Steve Heath decided to do a couple of tweaks to his line up and formation, which seemed to do the trick, to the extent they created more chances in the opening 15 minutes than all in the previous outing.
Straight from the kick off the hosts were on the front foot. A couple of decent moves just did not have the final product. Then on 14 minutes they opened the scoring. A lovely through ball by Ryan Frater found Jermaine Hall who fired the ball past Pat Ohman.
AFC should have doubled their lead 2 minutes later, when a nice move involving Louis Bircham and Hall set up Nathan Frater but his effort was just wide of the target.
The visitors must have felt they needed to up their game, which they did, as they slowly gained a bit more control in midfield.
When James Bishop gave away a needless free kick, Egham took full advantage. The ball was struck into the AFC area and the unfortunate Brett Longden got to the ball first, only to head into his own goal on the half hour.
This goal rallied the Sarnies and they nearly took the lead when a goal mouth scramble ensued. Luckily for AFC they somehow cleared their lines.
Ohman was called into action to keep out a fine Bircham volley just before the break.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 1 Egham Town 1
To say a 7 minute period at the start of the 2nd period was definning for AFC was an under statement. From a corner Terry Griffiths stole in at the far post to give the OD's the lead on 48 minutes. Then quick feet then a cross from Bircham found Nathan Frater to head home. More was to come, when Biircham struck a fantastic strike from an acute angle into the top corner to make it 4-1.
So after 55 minutes the hosts found themselves with a 3 goal advantage. To be fair to Egham, they still pushed to try and reduce the arrears. This left them open at the back and when sub Ollie Cox raced through on goal, he was upended in the box and Hall put away the resulting penalty with 10 minutes left.
The icing on the cake came when Ohman gifted BJ Christie a goal in added on time with a misplaced clearance.
So at last 3 well deserved points with an encouraging performance which pleased Heath saying " I know this squad has the talent but they need to show it week in and week out. From the insipid performance last week to that today, leaves me tearing my hair out. I hope we can reproduce that form on Monday with a massive test against 2nd placed Cambridge City. I expect I will have to wait and see"
Team : Head. Longden. Carney. R.Frater. Morgan (Cox 73). Griffiths. Tavernier. Bishop (Cashman 45). N.Frater (Christie 81). Hall. Bircham. Subs not used. Langston. Blackman
Scorers: Hall (14: 80p). Griffiths (48). N.Frater (53). Bircham (55). Christie (90+3)