26th August. Wembley 2 AFC Dunstable 4
After 2 defeats on the bounce, AFC made the trip to Wembley to end their 100% start to the season with a well deserved win. After the big defeat on Saturday, the defence was strengthened with the return of skipper Wayne Mills at right back and new signing and returning to the club Kyle Lincoln.
The visitors got off to the perfect start when Marcus Campbell scored from close range on 2 minutes. Wembley's tricky wingers were a handful but did not have any end product. The league's top scorer Jermaine Hall outpaced the host's defence to make it 2-0 with 11 minutes of the 1st half remaining. Looking to go into the break 2 up, a speculative long range strike from Jonathan Cooper seemed to take a unkind bounce in front of Wembley's keeper Grigoli Zuzmatashuili and found its way into the back of the net. Half Time. Wembley 0 AFC Dunstable 3
Hoping to consolidate at the start of the 2nd half, this was not to be as Steven Eyango Bwanga reduced the arrears within a minute of the re start. Three minutes later though, Hall broke clear to score his 8th goal of the season with a clinical finish.
The game was now end to end, as Wembley stepped up the pressure and were gifted a 2nd, as confusion reigned when Louis Porcelli and Jack Lauder left the ball for each other and Zaine Gangaadeen nipped in to score with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Wembley sensed they could get a share of the spoils, as they threw everything at the AFC defence. They had a fair shout for a penalty when the ball struck Lauder's hand but the ref deemed it was not intentional.
With the game coming to its conclusion, AFC could have stretched their lead as James Bishop came so close with a fine header and a rasping shot at goal.
AFC boss remarked " It was so good to get back to winning ways and I will be able to sleep tonight" he continued " the lads played superb tonight and I was proud of all of them. To come back from the disaster of Saturday shows they do have the character. I think the league is so wide open this season, as only 2 teams are unbeaten and everybody can beat each other"
Wembley Team: Zulmatashuili. Webb. Edun. Humphries. Brown. O'Reilly. Bates. Gangadeen. Wright. Bwanga. Kane. Subs: Abubakar. Desgurante. McKee. Alabi. Linton.
Scorers: Eyango-Bwango (46). Gangadeen (69)
AFC Team: Porcelli. Mills (Owolabi 88). Warne. Lauder. Lincoln. Griffith. Bishop. Campbell (Stobbs 75). Cooper. Olaleye. Hall (Harvey 81).
Scorers: Hall (34. 49). Campbell (2). Cooper (43)
Crime Count. Bishop (Yellow card)
Referee: Mr Chisholm. Assistants: Mr Ciccone & Mr Ball.