13th September. Hillingdon Borough 2 AFC Dunstable 3
AFC kept up their 100% away record, with a close victory at the Middlesex Stadium. The hosts, Hillingdon Borough have had a slow start to the season as they have only registered one point. Saying that though apart from a 4-0 loss to Colney Heath all the games have been close affairs and today was no different.
AFC welcomed back into the starting line up Jack Lauder and Damien Pickering. Skipper Wayne Mills missed out due to a back injury and young George Biggadike reverted to the bench.
AFC were soon in front with only 3 minutes on the clock with a well worked goal. A Moses Olaleye pass into Jermaine Hall on the edge of the box was controlled well and he laid the ball off to Jonathan Cooper whose rasping drive from 20 yards flew into the bottom corner of the net.
Confidence was now up, as AFC played some well constructed moves but fell for the sucker punch when Rob Byron found himself unmarked 6 yards from goal and headed home on 17 minutes. Expecting Hillingdon to push on, AFC continued their passing game and looked pretty much untroubled and when Taishan Griffiths broke clear to lob Hillingdon's keeper with 34 minutes gone it seemed it was no more than what AFC deserved. But again Hillingdon came back and had a good period of pressure, as once again Louis Porcelli was called into action to preserve the lead.
Half Time: Hillingdon Borough 1 AFC Dunstable 2
The start of the 2nd half saw both teams have an even amount of the ball but AFC looked the more likely to extend their lead. This did happen when at last AFC scored from a set piece, as sub Enzo Silvestri powered home a header with 20 minutes remaining. Again back came Hillingdon and within 3 minutes had reduced the arrears. A long throw resulted in Tom Kirk flicking the ball on but he got such a good contact on it, the ball flew into the top corner.
The game was now there for the taking but the AFC defence held out to secure a hard earned 3 points. AFC manager expressed his relief after the game " for long periods in the game we controlled it but Hillingdon would not lie down. I keep saying this league is so wide open this season, I cant see the eventual champions only losing just one game like previous seasons"
Hillingdon Borough Team: Atwell. Taylor. Okwu. Brooks-Smith. Kirk (c). Edwards. Simpson. Byron. Morlese. Conner. Stareyshinski. Subs: Lazar. Owen. Martin-Thomas. Lawrence. May
Scorers: Byron (17). Kirk (73)
AFC Team: Porcelli. Pickering. Warne (Langston 89). Bufano. Lauder. Harvey (Buckley 64). Griffith. Olaleye (c). Campbell (Silvestri 69). Cooper. Hall. Subs not used: Biggadike. Owalabi