25th August - AFC Dunstable 4 St Margaretsbury 2
For the first time this season, AFC had to come from behind to beat a spirited St Margaretsbury side to secure the 3 points and remain top of the league.
AFC boss Steve Heath made 4 changes from Saturday with Gary Mallone being recalled in goal. Leon Cashman was back after serving his one match ban.Roy Byron and Dale Turney both got a starting berth.
With the visitors doing the double over AFC last season, their squad this term has a fresh look to it, as many of last seasons have defected to Hoddesdon Town. As in the corresponding fixture last season, St Margaretsbury once again took the lead after 2 minutes with a well worked goal, when Kieren Smith got the better of Billy Baird and curled a wonderful strike into the corner of the net.
Bury were up for the fight and battled for every ball. AFC slowly started to see more of it and when BJ Christie burst down the left, his far post cross found Terry Griffiths whose header was well saved by Matt Deamer, but Jermaine Hall was on hand to nod home the equaliser on 9 minutes.
The game was becoming a see saw affair with both sides having their moments. As the game settled down, an identical move by Bury resulted in them taking a 29th minute lead with Smith striking again. AFC now realised they need to push to stay in the game and when a Cashman header was brilliantly saved, it was followed up with Christie crashing a shot against the bar and Byron having an attempt cleared off the line.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 1 St Margaretsbury 2
Boss Heath decided to make 2 changes at the break when he introduced Josh Humbert and Courtney Massay for Roy Byron and Billy Baird. This seemed to have the desired affect as within 7 minutes of the re start, Hall pulled AFC level.
The home side were now getting up a head of steam and a cracking strike by Christie on 62 minutes gave AFC the lead. Not content of protecting the lead, they went for the jugular and Deamer made 2 great saves to keep them in the game. AFC were now bossing the game and when Brandon Carney skipped down the left wing, he picked out a unmarked Christie in the box and he gleefully put away AFC's 4th on 70 minutes.
Continuing to push for more goals, the visitors keeper was called into action on 2 more occasions to keep out the AFC forwards. A firstly relieved then pleased Steve Heath said " fair play to Bury tonight, their recent scores do not reflect the effort they put in tonight. They highlighted the problems we were having in certain area's of the pitch and capitalised by taking the lead. I usually don't like making changes at half time, but I knew if Bury had carried on in the same vein we would have problems" he continued " if they carry on as they played tonight they will start winning games. On the other hand, I must congratulate my players on the character they showed 2nd half. It was also great to see BJ and Jermaine share the 4 goals between them"
Team: Malone. Baird. N.Carney. Griffiths. Cashman. Byron. N.Carney. Olaleye. Christie. Turney. Hall. Subs used: Humbert. Massay. Subs not used. Ryan. Beck. Griffith.
Scorers: Hall (9, 52). Christie (62, 70)