All Results & Fixtures
Bedfordshire Under 14's Cup Draw
Thursday 17 April 2008
CMK 0 AFC Dunstable 5
Playing their last away game of the season the lads wee confident going into the game after a very comfortable victory at the weekend over Leighton Town.
In windy conditions, it was the opponents who won the toss and kicked against the slope and wind in teh first half.
AFC started very positively and dispite some rather rash challenges from CMK players it was AFC Dunstable who dominated and scored 4 excellent goals from Graham Wakefield, Reese Main & Farrell Whitman with the best saved from a direct freekick by John Wright.
The second half saw some pressure on the AFC Dunsatble back four but they defended well and AFC did create several chances but only managed one goal from Farrell to run out comfortable winners.
Back to back wins, 8 goals scored and none conceded. What a diffence a season can make to a team.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Wakefield, Lauder, Wright, Howson, Boyle, Harnett, Whitman, Main, Cantellow.
Subs used: Dickens
Scorers: Whitman (2). Wakefield. Main. Wright.
Sunday 13 April 2008
AFC Dunstable 3 Leighton Town 0
The lads were going into this game ready to complete the double over a team lacking confidence and with only 1 win all season.
The game was effectively over by half time as a goal from Farrell Whitman and and OG by their keeper gave the team a 2-0 half time lead.
AFC continued their dominance in the second half with Harry Bishop in goal having very little to be concerned with. A second goal from Farrell finished the game and condemed the opponents to relegation after one season in the top flight.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Wakefield, Lauder, Wright, Howson, Boyle, Harnett, Whitman, Main, Cantellow.
Subs used: Dickens.
Thursday 10 April 2008
AFC Dunstable 0 Stevenage Borough 2
Almost a month without a game due to inclement weather did mean that match fitness may play a part.
After a nervy first 15 minutes, AFC got into their stride and looked to give Stevenage a good game and created chances from free kicks and corners but were unabale to convert. The closest was an excellent free kick from John Wright that the keeper parried round the post.
A positive outcome at half time as the teams turned around at 0-0. In the second half AFC created chances but Matt Cantellow and Farrell Whitman were unable to finish. Unfortunately as the boys tired then Stevenage were able to create good chances and ran out winners with two well taken goals in the final 15 minutes.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Wakefield, Lauder, Wright, Howson, Boyle, Harnett, Dickens, Main, Cantellow.
Subs used: Whitman.
Sunday 16 March 2008
Stevenage Borough 3 AFC Dunstable 1
A difficult challenge away at Stevenage as the team took to the field with only 10 players due to injury and holiday. However the whole team battle superbly throughout the game and were unlucky not to get anything form the match.
In very wet and windy conditions, the boys battled for every ball and Farrell was unlucky not to score after a good through ball from Rees Main. Then a loose ball in our third of the pitch saw the ball fall to an unmarked Stevenage winger who finished well from 8 yards.
Turning around one goal down, the boys continued with belief and after 15 minutes it was Farrell who forced an error from the goalkeeper and he coolly finished off to equalise.
The game remained evenly matched and Tom Howson did get onto the end of an excellent cross only to see his shot go over the bar.
Stevenage then regained the lead with a good move with 15 minutes remaining and although AFC created more chances they could not draw level. Stevenage did manage to add a further goal in the final minute but the score line did flatter the home side.
Extremely well down to the ten boys for such a gutsy performance.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Main, Cantellow, Harnett, Howson, Whitman.
Sunday 1 March 2008
AFC Dunstable 2 Bedford Town 3
The boys were confident going into the game against a team that they had already beaten comfortably away earlier in the season. There was one forced change as John Wright was not available due to mothers day and Alex Harnett moved to Left back.
The game was a very poor affair in the first half although AFC defended well with Harry Bishop playing well as a sweeper when called upon. However, Farrell Whitman continued to chase everything up front as he continued in the lone striker role. He got his reward mid way through the first half when he latched onto a long ball and finished well for AFC to take the lead.
The game continued to be a bit of a stale mate and fortune shone on AFC when another long ball to Farrell was held up well and an excellent ball through to Tom Howson saw he finish at the near post to make it 2-0.
The teams turned around with AFC Dunstable holding what should have been a comfortable 2 goal advantage but the ploy of playing one man up front alone meant more and more pressure was able to be put on the AFC defence. It was mid way through the second half that Bedford equalised.
As the boys tried to defend the lead by getting deeper then more chances were created by Bedford and the equaliser was not a surprise when it came but worse was to follow as late in the game the winner was conceded by the home team. Overall this was probably one of the poorest games by the under 14s who have two weeks to get back into shape and back to winning ways as soon as possible.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Harnett, Main, Cantellow, Boyle, Dickens, Howson, Whitman.
Scorers: Whitman. Howson.
Sunday 17 February 2008
AFC Dunstable 0 Toddington 2 (League Cup R3)
The boys were looking to reverse the result of the County Cup defeat to Toddington earlier in the season.
Jack Lauder won the toss and decided to kick up the slope in the first half. The game appeared to be going AFCs way with good battling performances in midfield by Cantellow & Harnett that created a couple of half chances which were not converted.
Then after a couple of corners that AFC nearly scored from, it was Toddington who took the lead after a quick break out and good finish by the centre forward. AFC continued to push for the equaliser but it was Toddington who scored just before half time as the defence failed to clear their lines.
The half time score did flatter the away team and AFC once again got going early in the second half and created a number of chances which were not converted.
In the end it was not to be and the final chance of any silverware had passed for another season.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Boyle, Cantellow, Harnett, Howson, Main, Whitman.
Subs used: Dickens.
Sunday 10 February 2008
AFC Dunstable 4 CMK 2
The boys were keen to take home advantage against a team lower in the league. The game started well for AFC as they kick down the slope on a very warm afternoon. Playing with 5 across the midfield the tactics looked to work after 10 minutes and a quickly taken free kick down the right found Alex Harnett attacking the bye line and delivered an excellent cross for Rees Main to head home form close range.
The performance warranted the second goal which came after some good battling in midfield that released Farrell Whitman who raced through and calmly slotted the ball home with the advancing keeper.
The opposition did pull one back when our defence fell asleep and their forward finished well from an acute angle. However the two goal margin was restored just before half time a Farrell was once gain on hand to finish of a good through ball.
Taking a 3-1 lead into the second half, the boys continued to battle, but again after some poor defending the opposition pulled another goal back to reduce the deficit to one. The remaining half saw AFC contain CMK to long shots and the came was effectively over with 8 minutes remaining when Farrell Whitman slotted home his hat trick.
Overall a very positive performance that will push our league position to a comfortable mid table.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Wakefield, lauder, Wright, Main, Harnett, Cantellow, Boyle, Howson, Whitman.
Sub used: Dickens.
Scorers: Whitman (3). Main.
Sunday 3 February 2008
Bedford FC 2 AFC Dunstable 1
The boys travelled upbeat after last weeks strong performance against the league leaders.
Playing 4-5-1 formation, the team looked to have the better of the early exchanges as they played with the wind. Farrell worked hard up front and pressurised the defence at every opportunity and despite forcing a number of corners we were unable to take advantage.
The Bedford forwards were creating few chances as Jack Lauder and Graham Wakefield defended well. Then with 10 minutes remaining a well taken free kick from the half way line by Graham Wakefield, found Rees Main coming in form the far side to control the ball and strike home well from 6 yards. The players deserved the 1-0 advantage at half time.
The half time break seemed to have an adverse effect on AFC players who seemed to be second best to the ball and struggling to clear the ball against the wind.
Then after 15 minutes Bedford forced home the equaliser from a corner that fell to the near post.
At this stage a draw looked to be a fair result but with 10 minutes remaining, Bedford were awarded a needless corner and the Bedford lad delivered a well struck corner that flew into the top corner with the help of the strong wind.
AFC never really recovered from the goal and ended up on the losing side 2 goals to 1.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Howson, Boyle, Cantellow, Harnett, Main, Whitman.
Subs used: Dickens. Lamb.
Sunday 27 January 2008
AFC Dunstable 0 Crawley Green 2
The return to league action after the feastive break saw us at home to the league leaders.
The manager had only the bare eleven to select from as illnes and injury meant Layfield, Boyle and Lamb were unavailable.
A really positive first half for AFC saw limited scoring opportunities for both teams as the defences were on top. Jack Lauder marshalled the defence well and the battling midfield of Harnett & Cantellow kept the game even.
The best opportunity for AFC came as Farrell finished off a good move and forced the keeper into a good save. Harry Bishop ensured the teams stayed level at half time as he was quick off his line and acted as a good sweeper.
The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first and AFC were unlucky not to take the lead as Rees Main advanced on goal but put his shot wide. Then with the scores level and 10 minutes remaining, a Crawley Green player was shown a red card for foul & abusive language.
Unfortunately AFC were unable to capitalise on the 10 men and gave a thoughtless penalty away which Crawley Green cooly converted. AFC pushed forward for the equaliser and as a result Crawley Green scored a second goal with the last kick of the game.
The manager was rightly proud of his players at the end of the game.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Main, Harnett, Cantellow, Dickens, Howson, Farrell.
Subs used: None.
Sunday 13 January 2008
Watling FC 0 AFC Dunstbale 9 (League Cup R2)
After the Christmas break, the boys were eager to get back to winning ways, and a cup game against lower league opposition was ideal.
Playing on a steep slope and very windy and cold conditions could have beeen a bit of a leveller but the boys were focused and controlled the game from the start.
Although good football created some chances for AFC early on, it was left to Farrell to strike the goal of the season from twenty five yards to the top corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. This was soon followed up by a second goal from Farrell as he pounced onto a good through ball to round the keeper and make it 2-0.
AFC continued to push and squandered a number of good chances before an excellent cross from Tom Howson found Matthew Cantellow in the box to head home from 6 yards. The players turned around at 3-0.
In the second half, the Watling keeper made some good saves and it took until the final quarter for AFC to become fully dominate with goals from Farrell (completing his hat trick), Callum Boyle, Tom Howson (2) and an own goal. The goal feast was finished off in the dying seconds as Rees Main managed to finish off a good move.
The boys now move into Round 3 but unfortunately have a two week break before their next league game at Bedford.
Team: Layfield, Abbott, Wakefield, Lauder, Wright, Main, Harnett, Cantellow, Boyle, Howson, Farrell.
Subs Used: Bishop, Dickens & Lamb.
Scorers: Farrell (3). Howson (2). Cantellow. Boyle. Main. Own Goal.
Sunday 16 December 2007
AFC Dunstable 0 Toddington 4 (County Cup 3R)
After a 4 week break, the boys were looking to get back to winning in the County cup.
The first game at Lancot Park saw them settle in well during the first ten minutes and following an excellent pass from Matthew Cantellow, Rees Main rounded the keeper to open the scoring but the linesman flagged for offside.
Sadly for the boys, Toddington played the long ball over our flat back four and on three occassions their centre forward reacted quicker and converted all his chances to put Toddington 3-0 at half time.
There was a better performance in the second half but few chances were created by AFC and Toddington did manage to score one more goal to run out deserved winners at 4-0.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Lanb, Harnett, Dickens, Howson, Cantellow, Main.
Subs used: Boyle.
Sunday 18 November 2007
Bedford Colts 0 AFC Dunsatble 2
The boys travelled to Bedford with confidence after the previous week's victory in the County Cup plus the availablity of new signing Farrell.
The game started very positively for both sides as they both played good passing football. Playing against a cold wind, AFC grew in confidence and the pressure finally told mid way through the first half when a excellent corner taken by Tom Howson found our goal scoring heading expect Graham Wakefield and he calmly headed the ball into the far corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance.
Some good defensive play did mean that any attacks from Bedford were comfortably dealt with and Harry Bishop only had long range efforts to deal with.
Turning round at half time 1-0 up, the introduction of Farrell up front caused many problems for the opposition. However it was another excellent corner this time taken by John Wright that once again Graham Wakefield got his head to first to make it 2-0.
The boys continued to battle in midfield and in the end could have scored more but it was a good away win that sees the team comfortably in mid table.
Tean: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Lamb, Harnett, Dickems, Howson, Cantellow, Main.
Subs Used: Farrell.
Scorers: Wakefield (2).
Sunday 11 November 2007
AFC Dunstable 6 Potten United 2 (Couty Cup 2R)
The team were looking to improve after the disappointing league game the previous week. Rob Howson made a couple of changes by moving Tom Howson back to midfield and pushing up Matt Cantellow to support the attack. Jack Layfield started in goal.
The game started well for AFC as they played good passing football and pressured the Potton goal. Then after 15 minutes, an excellent corner from John Wright found Grahanm Wakefield at the far post to head home the opening goal.
Mid way through the first half, a fine through ball from Matt Cantellow found Rees Main out wide on the right, who cut in field and struck a superb shot from outside the area to make it 2-0. A second goal from Rees shortly before half time made it 3-0 and the game looked safe.
In the second half AFC continued to play the better football and further goals form Rees Main that completed his hat trick, Matt Cantellow and a free kick from John Wright left AFC 6 -0 leaders with 10 minutes remaining. The players then relaxed as the game was over and conceded two unnecessary goals but a good result that saw the team through to the last 16 of the County Cup.
Team: Layfield, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Lamb, Harnett, Dickens, Howson,Cantellow, Main.
Sub Used: Bishop.
Scorers: Main(3). Cantellow.Wright. Wakefield.
Sunday 4 November 2007
St. Josephs 3 AFC Dunstable 0
Following a two weekend break, the Under 14's travelled to luton looking to continue some good recent form ahead of their County cup game coming up.
The game started well with strong centre midfield performances from Matt Cantellow and Alex Harnett. The game was evenly poised after 25 minutes with AFC kicking up the slope. Then just before half time our full back got caught napping and the St Joes winger struck an excellent shot that gave our keeper no chance of stopping.
Turning around 1-0 down but kicking down the slope, AFC were looking to get back into the game. However some poor defending allowed their striker to go past 3 players before poking the ball home past our advancing keeper.
AFC never really recovered form this blow early into the second half and struggled to take advantage of the slope. St Joseph's continued to push for aditional goals and with 10 minutes remaining wrapped up the game with a third.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Boyle, Cantellow, Harnett, Lamb, Howson, Main.
Subs Used: Dickens.
Sunday 14 October 2007
Dunstable Icknield 2 AFC Dunstable 2
The first local derby turned out to be a very eventful afternoon. Following the late injury to Craig Dickens the previous week, Rob Howson was again forced to reshuffle the team. Graham Wakefield returned from illness to bolster the defence and Matt Cantellow moved to midfield.
The game started well for AFC Dunstable who controlled the midfield through strong tackling by Alex Harnet / Matt Cantellow and the constant pace of Rees Main and Tom Howson up front. The breakthough for AFC came on 10 minutes when they forced a corner and the resultant kick was well met by Graham Wakefield to head AFC into a well deserved lead.
AFC continued to dominate and with the back four of John Wright, Jack Lauder, Graham Wakefiels and Brendan Abbott the opposition were shooting from long range without real threat. Then disaster struck as Alex Abbott suffered a very painful dislocated finger and had to leave for hospital treatment. AFC continued to battle with 10 men until half time and led 1-0.
Craig dickens came on at half time and played up front as he was not fully fit and with his first touch almost played Tom Howson through. The game continued to flow until the 20 minute mark when an AFC Dunstable attack broke down and the opposition broke quickly that resulted in their forward being one on one with Harry Bishop and he slotted home well to bring it level. Unfortunately some 5 minutes later, Harry Bishop made a brave save against the number 10 who collapsed in a heap for the referree to award a harsh penalty. In the protests the referree booked two of our players. The penalty was well taken.
Mid way through the second half, supporters were reminded of the imfamous Paulo Dicano push when the referree book an oppossing player for a late tackle and as it was his second yellow card was ordered off the field of play. Unfortunately his disagreed and two handedly pushed the referree in the chest. Somehow the referree managed to stay on his feet.
AFC continued to push forward and following good pressure the ball fell to Brendan Abbott on the edge of the box and he drilled a screamer into the roof of the net. Jack layfield then replaced the injured Craig Dickens.
AFC continued to push forward and a number of good attacks through Callum Boyle and Charlie Lamb on both flanks almost got Tom Howson to hit the winner. In the end it was a great performance by the AFC boys and unlucky not to take all three points. However the draw takes AFC into 5th position in division 1.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Cantellow, Boyle, Harnett, Lamb, Main, Howson.
Subs Used: Dickens. Layfield.
Scorers: Wakefield. Abbott.
Sunday 7 October 2007
Flitwick Eagles 3 AFC Dunstable 4 (County Cup R1)
Travelling away in the first round of the County Cup against Division 2 opposition proved to be very eventful. The Manager had to shuffle the team as Graham Wakefield was unavailable due to illness and Matt Cantellow moved to the back four to partner the skipper Jack Lauder. AFC started brightly and created a number of chances that were not finished. However after 20 minutes Reece Main finished off a good move from an acute angle for AFC to take the lead. Several minutes later the same player was fed through with only the keeper to beat to make it 2-0. Then with half time approaching, a long distance free kick from Flitwick was misread by Harry Bishop and somewhat against the run of play Flitwick had reduced the deficit to 2-1 at half time.
AFC continued to play the better football in the second half but after 15 minutes, Callum Boyle was asked to leave the field by the referee and without an outfield substitute, then AFC were reduced to 10 men. Flitwick looked to gain confedence from this and equalised with a good header inside the 6 yard box to make it 2-2 mid way through the half. Undetered, AFC continued to push forward and Tom Howson latched onto a good through by by Craig Dickens to score an excellent goal and put AFC back in front. However with 10 minutes remaining, a deflection left the Flitwick forward clear and finished well to level the game. Both sides pushed for the winning goal and with seconds remaining it was Reece Main who let go with a thunderbolt to win the match for AFC and complete his hat trick.
Tean: Bishop, Abbott, Cantellow, Lauder, Wright, Dickens, Harnett, Boyle, Lamb, Howson, Main.
Scorers: Main(3). Howson.
Sunday 30 September 2007
Kempston 3 AFC Dunstable 0
Encouraged by the first win of the new season last week, Rob Howson was forced to make one change to the starting line up as Grahanm Wakefield was unavailable. Connor Richardson once again played up from the Under 13's at right back. Playing up the slope in the first half and only a fine save form a deflected kick kept the scores level early on. Then after 20 minutes a lack of concerntration on the right allowed the ball to be squared across and a tap in at the far post. Kempston were applying most of the pressure and AFC conceded a second goal shortly before half time to go in 2-0 down. A much improved second half saw Alex Harnett battling to get the midfield going and resulted in a number of corners but AFC could not force home a goal.Then in the final minutes a mis kick by Brendan Abbott left their forward on his own to make it 3-0 at the final whistle.
Team: Bishop, Richardson, Lauder, Abbott, Wright, Howson, Harnett, Boyle, Dickens, Cantellow, Main.
Sub Used: Lamb.
Sunday 23 September 2007
AFC Dunstable 2 Leighton Town 1
The boys were looking to put the disappointment of last weeks defeat behind them. The team started well and with Craig Dickens switching to left back the defence looked comfortable passing the ball and starting the moves to open up chances. One of Leighton's few chances in the first half was superbly saved by Harry Bishop. Finally after a period of pressure, the Leighton defence conceded a free kick 25 yards out which John Wright struck well but the keeper could only parry and Graham Wakefield was on hand to give AFC a well deserved half time lead. Unfortunately early in the second half, a great save was made to prevent Leighton from scoring but unfortunately is was by Graham Wakefield and Leighton scored from the resulting penalty. AFC continued to push forward for the winner and with 10 minutes remaining, a great ball in from Rees Main left John Wright with a free header at the far post which hit the bar. Then in the last five minutes, another John Wright free kick was not held by the Leighton keeper and Rees Main was on hand to pounce and score what turned out to be the winner. An excellent all round team performance that gets our season off and running.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Dickens, Boyle, Harnett, Howson, Wright, Cantellow, Main.
Subs Used: Lamb.
Scorers: Wakefield. Main.
Sunday 16 September 2007
Crawley Green 4 AFC Dunstable 0
Travelling away to Crawley Green, the boys were looking to get the first points of the new season after a close defeat on the opening day. Conditions were not ideal with a very strong wind blowing down the pitch. After losing the toss, AFC were playing with the wind and looked to drive forward to take an early advantage. Then mid way through the first half, a schuffle in midfield saw a Crawley Green player shown a red card for violent conduct. Sadly, against the run of play, Grawley Green got to our bye line and a cross to the far post saw them take the lead. Changes at half time saw Charlie Lamb return to the team in midfield but the busiest person on the pitch was Harry Bishop who made several very good saves. Playing with 5 in midfield and with the strong wind, Crawley Green were able to add three more goals in the second half to leave AFC very disappointed with the afternoon's work.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Boyle, Dickens, Harnett, Howson, Cantellow, Main.
Subs Used: Lamb.
Sunday 9 September 2007
AFC Dunstable 1 Leighton United 2
Due to cricket still being played at Lancot Park, our home game had to be played at Leighton United. The boys played well during the first half with the back four looking very solid. When Leighton did create an opening Harry Bishop pulled off a great save. Unfortunately a lack of attention just before half time left an attacker with a time to strike a great shot into the back of the net. In the second half, with good work from Tom Howson and Alex Harnett in midfield, the game was evenly poised. Then came the disappoinment at conceding a long range strike that was simply to high for Jack layfield to get a hand to. AFC continued to push forward and after the goalkeeper saved a long range effort from Jack Lauder, it was left to Graham Wakefield to ponuce with a thunderbolt header from the resulting corner. AFC continued to push for the equaliser and were only denied by a great double saved from the Leighton keeper. A good performance in our first league game and really we deserved at least a point. Well done to Harry Carr and Conner Richardson under 13 players who helped out in the team due to injuries.
Team: Bishop, Abbott, Lauder, Wakefield, Wright, Carr, Harnet, Dickens, Howson, Cantellow, Main.
Subs used: Richardson, Boyle and Layfield.
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