24th September - AFC Dunstable 2 Aylesbury United 0
A fine 2nd half performance by the home side, saw them pick up the 3 points and move up 2 places into 7th and only a point off a play off place.
With the Ducks sitting in 3rd place, a tough encounter was to be envisaged. The good news for AFC was the sight of captain Moses Olaleye and Newman Carney named in the starting line up. Between them the pair have missed 16 games through injury. The game was in memory of Josh Houghton. Josh who played for one of AFC's Under 12 teams, tragically died in the A34 car crash back in August.
The 1st half was a very even affair as chances were few and far between. Jermaine Hall was the first to have an effort but his header went wide on 10 minutes. The visitors were next to test the scoreline 6 minutes later but Ricky Perks blocked a Lea Coulter shot.
With 30 minutes on the clock, AFC started to wind up the pressure. Hall had a decent chance to open the scoring when he noticed Zaki Oulaha off his line. His chip though cleared the cross bar. Oulala was called into action again from a Brandon Carney strike.
Half time: AFC Dunstable 0 Aylesbury United 0
Looking to pick up were they left off in the opening period, AFC decided to introduce BJ Christie 6 minutes into the half. He was soon in the action drawing a save from Oulala. Then from a Newman Carney free kick, his brother Brandon flashing header went just over.
The pressure finally paid off on 68 minutes. Neat wing play by Adiel Mannion saw his cross find Josh Humbert at the far post. The midfielder coolly put away the ball with a left footed strike.
With their tails up, the hosts continued to test the visitors defence. Christie was the main instigator, as when he outpaced Ellis Hercules, his clumsy challenge brought the striker to the ground and a penalty was awarded. Hall stepped up to put away his 12th goal of the season.
Not satisfied with the 2 goal lead, Christie was determined to get himself on the score sheet. He did though find Oulala in inspired form, as he denied him on 2 more occasions.
So 3 more valuable points in the first season in the Southern League, AFC boss Steve Heath was obviously happy with the scoreline say "while the 1st half was a scrappy affair, I thought we grew into the game and deserved the points. We put pressure on their defence from the first minute of the 2nd half. I am now getting players back from injuries and it was good to see Moses and Newman come through unscathed"
Team: Perks. Massay. Murphy. Griffiths. N.Carney. B.Carney. Cox (Christie 51). Olaleye (Byron 82). Hall (Waldren 78).Humbert. Mannion. Subs not used. McGhan-George. Bishop
Scorers: Humbert (68). Hall (76p)
Adiel Mannion who supplied the cross for AFC's opener