11th October. AFC Dunstable 2 Hoddesdon Town 1
In a match that nothing really happened and heading for a 0-0 draw, it exploded into life for the final 8 minutes. The result took AFC up a place to 5th in the league, as they thought they had dropped 2 points to somehow secure all the points with a last gasp header from Jimmy Hartley.
Once again AFC are devoid of strikers, as Jermaine Hall and Louis Austin are still a few weeks away, so midfielder Marcus Campbell took the forward role alongside Leon Cashman, who moved up the park from his usual centre back position. Unfortunately an injury to Matt Langston saw Cashman having to revert back to his defensive role after 26 minutes, so Jamal Harvey made an early entrance to the game.
Then to rub salt into the wound, keeper Louis Porcelli is now injured, so Jamie Head was signed in time to don the gloves. With Langston picking up his injury, that makes 11 players currently on the treatment table. To add to that, Moses Olaleye and Leon Cashman had to be patched up to take the field.
The game was a tense affair with both teams mainly cancelling each other out. The amount of chances for each team could be counted on one hand. Then the game burst into life with 82 minutes played. Firstly Jamie Warne broke through into the box. Just when he was about to pull the trigger, his standing foot was clipped and a stonewall penalty was waved away.
Warne was now causing the Hoddesdon full back problems and when he outpaced him to cross, Harvey was on hand at the far post to give AFC the lead on 86 minutes. It seemed AFC were going to squeeze home but again the home team failed to deal with a set piece and Bradley Osborne headed home 2 minutes later from a corner. Moving into added on time, Campbell forced a save from the visiting keeper as he pushed his effort round the post. From the resulting Newman Carney corner, somehow Jimmy Hartley got his head to the ball and it flew into the net. They held on to pick up the points.
A relieved Steve Heath said " the team stuck at their tasks today to beat a determined Hoddesdon side. I have never known to have so many injuries and now it is a case to hang in there with the leaders in the league table, until all the injuries start clearing up"