28th March. AFC Dunstable 3 Colney Heath 0
With Sun Sports slipping to defeat at lowly Stotfold, AFC Dunstable moved back up to 2nd spot after the disappointing draw last Saturday. In their quest for runners up, champions elect Kings Langley also did them a favour with beating Wembley 1-0.
AFC boss Steve Heath threw a curve ball, with giving centre back Leon Cashman a striking role and he re paid him with notching AFC's 3rd goal. After missing the Oxhey Jets game, James Bishop returned to right back with Wayne Mills pushing up into midfield.
The wind was going to be a major factor in the game, as AFC had it at their backs in the 1st half. A long range effort by Jermaine Hall came close after a slick move. Taking advantage of the blustery conditions, the hosts had plenty of the ball but had trouble turning it into goals. They finally broke the deadlock 3 minutes before the break, when another decent move saw Mills get on the end of it to fire home.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 1 Colney Heath 0
Looking to use the wind, the visitors nearly drew level with 60 seconds of the re start, when the AFC defence misjudged a long ball and David Parkinson bore down on goal. A last ditched tackle by Bishop denied him.
It was looking like it would be a long afternoon for the backline of AFC as Colney threatened again. Slowly they started to come to terms with the wind. Going forward though, AFC still looked dangerous and when the ball broke to Josh Humbert 6 yards out, he finished with aplomb against his old club on the hour.
With the Carney brothers Newman and Brandon linking well down the left, they were causing problems for the visitors. The game was put to bed with 15 minutes remaining, as Cashman broke clear and finished well. To their credit, the Magpies continued to push forward and Parkinson struck the crossbar in the dying minutes.
A pleased Heath was happy with the youngsters who played their part today, he said " while the experienced players turned in a shift, I must give a mention to the young lads today. Out of the 14 taking part today, 5 were teenagers which is great for the future. We are back upto 2nd in the league and just need to look after ourselves in the chase for runners up and see what happens at the end of the season".
AFC Team. Porcelli. Bishop. N.Carney. Biggadike. Fryer. B.Carney (Warne 82). Mills (Griffith 86). Humbert. Cashman. Olaleye (Silvestri 82). Hall. Subs not used. Francis. Cooper
Scorers: Mills (42). Humbert (62). Cashman (75)