30th April - Colney Heath 1 AFC Dunstable 1
With AFC being crowned champions on Thursday night when nearest challengers London Colney lost, going over to Colney Heath was going to be a celebration, as the Premier Division trophies were to be presented.
AFC manager Steve Heath needed to bring his players back down to earth and still make sure they went out and put in a good performance. It was going to be a tough job, as Colney Heath are in a relegation dog fit and would battle for every ball. In the end, the OD's were not at their brilliant best and had to be happy to share the spoils.
On a usual bumpy pitch this time of the season, chances were few and far between as both sides also had to contend with a strong wind. A couple of long range efforts from AFC came close, but they just could not get the breakthrough.
Half time: Colney Heath 0 AFC Dunstable 0
The 2nd half was pretty much the same as the 1st. Colney defended very well and quelled most AFC's attacks. Finally the visitors took the lead on 56 minutes. Good work by BJ Christie down the left, set up Jermaine Hall to score from close range.
It was nearly 2-0 when Nathan Frater went on a mazy run only to fire over the bar. With the OD's looking comfortable, they gave away possession near the corner flag. It seemed there would be no danger but the Colney cross found an unmarked Chancery Dash who headed home on 71 minutes.
This woke up AFC and when a great cross from Hall just eluded Christie 4 yards out, it was looking like the visitors would have to be happy with a point.
Heath commented after the game "it was always going to be a tough game over here and I had to contend with making sure my players were still focused. They were so looking forward to receiving the trophies and their medals at the end of the game, so I had to reiterate that there was a game to play. On winning the title he said " today is such a proud moment for all at the club. Everyone has all pulled in the same direction from the players, my coaching team and the committee who have always backed me. The club have been getting so many lovely messages from our competitors in the league and all of them have mentioned we were the best team throughout the season"
On his players Heath said "they all get well looked after and they show that appreciation on the pitch. To think we have broke club records this season. Not only have we won the Premier Division title after only being in this division for 5 seasons, we reached the last 32 of the FA Vase, got through 2 rounds of the FA Cup and were so unlucky in the Beds Senior Cup Final" he continued " we now look forward to the Clubs Presentation next Saturday, where the players will present trophies to all the 7 to 11 year olds, then on the 21st May the club are treating everyone to a day at Newmarket Races"
AFC Team: Perks. Massay. N.Carney. Morgan. Cashman. Olaleye. Gorman. Humbert. Christie. Frater. Hall. Subs used. Jones. Byron. Subs not used. Griffiths. Darby. Langston.
Scorer: Hall (56)