2nd May - Welwyn Garden City 0 AFC Dunstable 1
After the celebrations on Saturday, AFC made the trip to Welwyn Garden City for their last game of the season. Even though it was both teams finale, the home side wanted to secure 4th place and the visitors were desperate to break the 100 point mark.
Receiving another guard of honour from the Welwyn players and mascots, AFC manager Steve Heath decided to ring the changes for the game. Regulars Courtney Massay, Bill Morgan, Jermaine Hall and Josh Humbert were rested after a tough season. It was also a rare sight to see head coach Matt Langston don the gloves, as Ricky Perks was unavailable.
With both teams having their goals before the game, it was turning out to be a typical run of the mill end of season game. The only talking point in the first 25 minutes was the injury to the referee. He had to be replaced by the senior assistant referee.
Then all of a sudden the game broke into life on the half hour. It looked like Langston had dropped a clanger when he failed to collect a shot on his goal. The ball fell to the hungry Welwyn forwards, but he redeemed himself by making 2 great saves to deny them.
Within a minute BJ Christie nearly gave AFC the lead. From a slick move, a cross from Nathan Frater saw his header go straight into the arms of the Citizens keeper Joe Croft. With half time approaching Christie was finally rewarded with his persistence. He was on hand to slot the ball home after Charlie Gorman's header was saved. It was a landmark for Christie as that goal was his 50th of the season.
Half time. Welwyn Garden City 0 AFC Dunstable 1
The 2nd period saw AFC settle into a comfortable position as their defence kept the dangerous Welwyn forwards quiet. Up the other end Croft denied Frater and Roy Byron with 2 smart saves. Another decent AFC move saw sub Hall come close and as Frater danced through their defence, he just could not get his shot away. All emphasis now turned to try and get skipper Moses Olaleye's first goal of the season. He was encouraged to shoot at every opportunity. With 90 minutes on the clock, he came mighty close, as when he did his Mo shuffle, his strike hit the upright.
So a pleased Heath was impressed with his teams commitment saying " today could have been a let down but the players showed why they are champions. There attitude was first class and to secure 102 points shows they fully deserve the accolade.
AFC Team: Langston. Darby. N.Carney. Griffiths. Cashman. Jones. Gorman. Olaleye. Christie. Byron. Frater. Subs used. Hall. Morgan. Massay. Subs not used. Humbert. Silvestri
Scorer: Christie (45+5)