Dunstable Town 1-2 AVDFC
Team: Dan McAteer; Sam Austin, Jake Baldwin, Dan Wilson, Alex McGowen; Alfi Touceda, Charlie Jackson, Junior Gyamfi; Lamar Mason-Williams, Lewis Workman, Dan Lambeth
Subs: Josh Adjei, Linus Kusi, Ollie Lemon, Kevin Owusu, Darnell Ramsey
Phil and Jordan were without Ben Gill and Ben Stevens for the trip to Dunstable and made a couple of changes bringing in Sam Austin at right back, Dan Wilson into the centre and giving a debut to Junior Gyamfi in the midfield. Within a minute Jake Baldwin got a knock to the head, but the referee allowed play to continue and Dunstable had a shot go well over Dan McAteer’s goal.
It was a scrappy start to the match with neither team keeping possession, however, it was Alfi Touceda who managed to find room and a pin point pass to Dan Lambeth who had his shot well saved at the near post. 13 minutes and a now trademark run down the left flank from Jake Baldwin saw him win a corner. Charlie Jackson swung the ball in and Dan Wilson was inches away from connecting at the back post.
At 16 years of age, Junior Gyamfi was making a good impact and battling hard in the middle alongside Alfi Touceda. 17 minutes in and Alex McGowan gave away a free kick 25 yards out, but the Dunstable player hit his shot over Dan McAteer’s goal.
Less than a couple of minutes later and Dunstable took the lead, a corner was not cleared by The Dynamos and their attacker spun and hit a great shot which smashed the woodwork, bounced on the line and they were quickest to react as Kai Smith-Reid headed in from close range. 1-0 Dunstable.
Dunstable were on top for a the next 5 minutes and only a last ditch tackle from Dan Wilson stopped another shot on goal.25 minutes in and the away side were back on the attack. Junior Gyamfi set Lamar Mason-Williams down the left side and his cross found Dan Lambeth. His first time shot went over the home bar. Junior Gyamfi was again the architect a few minutes later whenhis through ball found the ever-willing Dan Lambeth in on goal, he controlled the ball, beat the keeper, but was inches wide of the mark. Great move, and nearly a great finish…
The final action of the half inevitably fell to the luckless Dan Lambeth. He found space and was picked out by Lewis Workman, but again his shot was blocked by a resolute Dunstable back line.
Half Time – Dunstable 1-0 AVDFC
The first 10 minutes of the second half went by with minimal action. Only Lewis Workman managed a shot which was saved and Alex McGowan and Sam Austin cleared up in front of the Aylesbury goal. With Dan McAteer in goal, The Dynamos could utilise his magic right foot as he started spraying the ball around the pitch and finding his men perfectly. One of those long passes was headed on by Dan Lambeth into the path of Lewis Workman, but a great last gasp tackle denied a goal scoring opportunity. Moments later Charlie Jackson tiptoed around a challenge and found Junior Gyamfi 30 yards out and he unleashed a great shot which the keeper spilled but gathered at the second attempt. Aylesbury were getting closer…!
The dynamos then forced another corner which Charlie Jackson swung in. It was partially cleared and fell to Dan Wilson on the edge of the box. He controlled like an attacker…and finished like a defender, as his shot went wide of the goal. 65 minutes and Aylesbury had thier best chance so far. Alfi Touceda played the ball out to Dan Lambeth who beat his man and squared to Lamar Mason-Williams. Only the keeper to beat his first time shot went high and wide. With just over 20 minutes remaining Phil Granville sent Kevin Owusu on to see if he could make an impact, replacing Charlie Jackson, within a couple of minutes, another pinpoint pass from Dan McAteer, landed at the feet of Kevin Owusu who skipped past a challenge but his cross just eluded the hardworking Lambeth
18 minutes from the end and The Dynamos finally got the breakthrough they deserved. A corner from Kevin Owusu was not cleared and Junior Gyamfi controlled the ball and squared to Dan Lambeth who hit the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Great goal. 1-1.
85 minutes on the clock and Alex McGowan gave away a free kick 25 yards out and got a Yellow Card, however Dunstable hit the wall with the free kick and Sam Austin cleared his lines.
A couple of minutes later and Alfi Touceda won the ball in the middle and sent Kevin Owusu, through on goal but his effort was well saved by the keeper. So close to the winner. As the match entered the 90th minute, both teams were looking for the winner. It was Dunstable who had the first chance when The Dynamos couldn’t clear the ball it fell to their player who hit a rocket from 15 yards out going in the top corner only to find Dan McAteer with a superb reaction save tipping the ball over somehow. That was enough to secure Aylesbury a draw…but…in the 94th minute Kevin Owusu played the ball into Dan Lambeth’s feet and his pace took him into the box where he was fouled and the referee pointed to the spot!! Penalty Dynamos!! Mr Reliable, Dan Lambeth, stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past the keeper and gave Dynamos a 2-1 victory, right at the death.