27th December. AFC Dunstable 2 Ampthill Town 1
The top end of the league mainly remains the same, with 5 of the top 6 winning and as Hertford Town's game was called off, AFC remain in 6th place.
More changes were made due to injury and unavailability, keeper Ricky Perks picked up a nasty eye injury on the training ground on Monday so Louis Porcelli stepped in. Newman Carney was sunning himself in Tenerife, so Jamie Warne dropped back into left back and Grant Fryer made is debut after his move from Kempston Rovers.
Ampthill came to Creasey Park on an upward trend, after a disastrous start to the season, having only picked up 3 points from their first 17 games. Their next 6 saw them accumulate 10 points and climbed off the bottom of the table.
AFC were not really in any trouble throughout the game and the only disappointment was that the scoreline suggests a close game. This was not the case, as the home team controlled the game for long periods but just could not find the back of the net. Like the Berkhamsted game, Leon Cashman had a couple of powerful headers from corners. His first one he put over the bar and his 2nd was cleared off the line. Then a Jamie Warne cross should have been converted by Chris Francis but he got his feet in a muddle and the chance was gone.
Finally AFC took the lead on 36 minutes, when Jermaine Hall picked up the ball 20 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner.
Half time. AFC Dunstable 1 Ampthill Town 0
The 2nd half carried on in the same vein as the 1st with Porcelli mainly a spectator. A stunning strike from skipper Moses Olaleye stung Ampthill's keeper fingers but he kept it out. Then a swift move saw Fabio Bufano head home at the far post to make it 2-0 on 52 minutes. Surely now AFC would go on to improve their goal difference. Unfortunately this was not the case. Chances came and went and it looked like they would have to be content with 2-0. With 3 minutes added on, AFC failed to clear their lines and Carl Ramsey pulled back a goal for the visitors.
AFC boss Steve Heath said after the game, "well its another 3 points which is the main objective but we got into some great positions to increase our lead but just did not pull the trigger" he continued "my main concern at the moment is the injury to Ricky Perks, which looks quite bad. On the other hand I am hoping to have Jimmy Hartley back next week. He gives us that extra dimension with his skill on the ball"
AFC team: Porcelli. Bishop. Warne. Fryer. Cashman. Griffiths (Mills 71). Cooper. Bufano. Francis (Silvestri 77). Olaleye. Hall. Subs not used. Hansard. Harvey.
Scorers: Hall (36). Bufano (52)