22nd September - AFC Dunstable 4 Wembley 1 (Challenge Trophy)
A combination of clinical finishing and error strewn defending, saw AFC progress to the 2nd Round of the Challenge Trophy, where they will once again travel to North London, to take on Cockfosters in a cup tie this season. It was a good night for BJ Christie, as he struck his 2nd hat trick of the season to take his tally to 14 in all competitions.
With rain falling proceeding the kick off, this made the pitch very slick and conducive to fast moving football. This was the case after only 2 minutes of the game. A defence splitting pass from Danny Jones picked out Christie who rounded the keeper to score from a very tight angle.
As last season, Wembley still like to play the passing game and tonight was no different. They carved out their first chance with 21 minutes gone, with neat inter play but the final shot went wide. AFC went straight up the other end as a deflected strike by Christie just went past the upright.
Two minutes later Leon Cashman tried his luck from distance, as the keeper made a good save, he pushed the ball out to Josh Humbert but he could not sort out his feet and the chance had gone. With the half hour approaching, Wembley made their first mistake of the night. Their centre half misjudged the bounce of the ball and Christie latched onto it and rifled the ball home. The hosts continued to threaten as a Humbert header was just to high.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 2 Wembley 0
With the 2nd period only 3 minutes old it was 3-0. With the visitors keeper dwelling on the ball, Cashman robbed him of it and he set up Christie to slide home his 3rd of the night. Even though Steve Heath made 3 changes on the hour, AFC still continued to look for their 4th. Sub Roy Byron came close with a header on 62 minutes, then he set up fellow sub Brandon Carney to make it 4-0.
To be fair to Wembley, they still persisted with their slick passing and created a couple of chances. Unfortunately they did not test Gary Malone in the AFC goal. They did though pull a goal back in bizarre circumstances. With 14 minutes remaining,there was a tussle in the box between Fabio Bufano and a Wembley forward. The striker proceeded to pull Bufano by the neck to the ground. The referee, who was 5 yards away, waved play on so the forward went on to score. Its a shame, as the man in the middle was having a pretty good game up till then. AFC then went on to see the tie out.
Team: Malone. Massay. N.Carney. Griffiths. Bufano. Griffith. Jones. Olaleye. Cashman. Humbert. Christie. Subs used. Byron. Baird. B.Carney. Subs not used. Beck. Ryan.
Scorers: Christie (2,28, 48). B.Carney (65)