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Debatable penalty decision earns Dunstable a share of the spoils

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:23

Southern League Premier Division

St Neots Town      2   Dunstable Town      2

 

Saints extended their unbeaten league run to five matches on Tuesday night, but were left regretting that they failed to capitalise on their dominance in possession for large parts of the match, which allowed the visitors to equalise with a late penalty to take a share of the points.

St Neots started well and created an early chance when Sembie-Ferris broke from his own half and raced half the length of the pitch but his cross towards Meechan was intercepted at the price of a corner by Sonuga.  Dunstable took an early lead after eleven minutes when a cross cum shot from the left by Osei-Bonsu deflected in off the head of TAYLOR PARR. 

Saints gradually took control of the match with some slick first time passing in midfield, and after long range efforts from Meechan and Knight flew over the bar, the visitors’ keeper was soon in action to save from a Parr header before watching a Bradhsaw free kick deflect just wide of his post for a corner. 

St Neots drew level after twenty five minutes when Sembie-Ferris beat his marker on the half way line and once again his pace took him clear of the defence before he crossed for TOM MEECHAN to score.  Saints continued to dominate possession but failed to create any good chances, and whilst the visitors were quick to counter attack by playing long balls out from the back the central defensive partnership of Parr and Bradshaw comfortably dealt with any threat.  On the stroke of half time a Jack Bradhsaw free kick struck both posts but did not cross the line.

The second half began much as the first had ended, with Saints in control but failing to create many clear-cut chances.  Dunstable had struggled to cope with the pace of Sembie-Ferris for most of the match and he almost created another chance on fifty five minutes but after beating two men he could not get his shot away.  Meechan then went close with an overhead kick after Bradshaw had flicked on a Herd throw in, but it was once again the pace of Sembie-Ferris that created the Saints second goal after sixty five minutes, who latched on to a ball from Wiltshire and beat his marker before crossing for DYLAN WILLIAMS to slot the ball home.  Knight then almost added a third from 20 yards a minute later but his shot flew just wide.

The final third of the game was a little scrappy, with the game broken up by numerous free kicks being awarded, and this suited the visitors, who equalised in the seventy ninth minute from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged that substitute Ogden had been fouled less than a minute after coming on when challenging for a loose ball in the box, and AREL AMU fired in the spot kick.  Despite pushing forward in the final ten minutes Saints were unable to test keeper Harker and had to settle for a draw, which probably felt like two points dropped, rather than one point gained.

 

St Neots:             Emery, Sinclair, Herd, Knight, Bradshaw, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Wiltshire, Meechan, Horne, Williams  

Subs:                     O’Malley (for Horne 16), Bridges, Davison

Scorers:                Meechan (25), Williams (65)

Cautions:             Wiltshire (37), O;Malley (76), Williams (88), Bradshaw (90)

 

Dunstable:          Harker, Kioso, Okito, Barnett, Sonuga, Betts, Young, Osei-Bonsu, Amu, Silva, Collins 

Subs:                   Makuendi(for Silva 61), Ladipo (for Barnett 40), Ogden (for Young 78), Odusoga, Chidiyausiku

Scorers:               Parr (OG) (11), Amu (79)

Cautions:            Kioso (38), Young (59), Collins (74)

 

Referee:              L. Grimsey

Attendance:       180

 

Roger Walker

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