4th April. Ampthill Town 0 AFC Dunstable 6
Today was Brandon Carney's day, as the 17 year old did not only open his account for AFC Dunstable, but helped himself to 4 goals as they registered their biggest win of the season.
Looking to step up the pressure as they go for runners up, AFC needed a decent win today against a team who have had wins against Hertford Town and Oxhey Jets recently.
Leon Cashman was rested so Enzo Silvestri partnered Jermaine Hall up front and Wayne Mills was unavailable and in came Jonathan Cooper. It took only 10 minutes for the visitors to get on the score sheet, when Hall slipped in Carney and he finished coolly. AFC continued to dominate, as Ampthill found it hard to contain their midfield. It was soon 2-0, when a run down the right by James Bishop saw him whip in a vicious cross, which somehow found the top corner on 24 minutes. Now 2-0 up and pretty comfortable, the game was put out of sight 10 minutes before the break. This time it was a Carney family affair. From a Newman Carney free kick, he put it on the head of younger brother Brandon who flicked it home.
Half time: Ampthill Town 0 AFC Dunstable 3
Now looking to improve their goal difference, AFC extended their lead within 3 minutes of the re start as Hall finished with aplomb. To be fair to the home side, they did not give up as they looked to deny AFC at every opportunity and made it very tough for them to increase their lead.
As the game was in its dying embers, Carney finished off the perfect day for him, as on 88 minutes made it 5-0 which completed his hat trick. He was still not finished and it proved it was his day, when a misplaced shot at goal by Hall hit him on the knee and found the back of the net.
So another fine performance, by the younger Carney on only his 3rd start since signing from Stevenage FC Academy a month ago.
AFC boss Steve Heath was full of praise for him saying " at only 17, he shows great energy and has an eye for goal. At last today, we showed a clinical side to our game and no disrespect to Ampthill, that is what we should be doing to teams down the bottom. We have struggled this season to put lowly teams away and to think we have dropped 8 points against teams in the bottom 6. He continued " we now look forward to a massive game on Wednesday, when we host Wembley who have their eye on runners up as well. I am hoping to have Cashman and Mills back for that game but will be missing Grant Fryer, who has been exceptional for us since joining from AFC Kempston.
AFC Team. Perks. Bishop. N.Carney. Biggadike. Fryer. B.Carney. Cooper. Humbert. Silvestri (Warne 72). Olaleye (Griffith 65). Hall. Subs not used. Porcelli. Cashman.
Scorers: B.Carney (10. 33. 88. 90). Bishop (24). Hall (48)