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Dunstable Town (FA Cup Q1) (A) Saturday 13th September 3.00pm

Creasey Park, Dunstable

Dunstable Town
Att 159
Chesham United
 2
 Man of the Match:
Ryan Towner 
 Luke Chambers 1 Shane Gore Chesham put Tuesday night’s nightmare firmly behind them with a fine display.  Against the team second in the league Chesham were the better side for long periods and could have claimed a notable victory had they taken some of their chances.

There were four changes to the team – Darren Purse returned after injury in place of Alex Brown, Daniel Brathwaite made his first start of the season in place of David Lynn, and Ryan Towner and Toby Little came in for Richard Graham and injury victim Ryan Blake.  Chesham took control of the game from the start and Simon Thomas headed wide from Toby Little’s cross, then an Andy Ballard long throw came straight to the unmarked Daniel Brathwaite but keeper Luke Chambers blocked.  Ashley Smith crossed from the right to Simon Thomas but Chambers was able to save comfortably, then Chesham had a great chance when Toby Little crossed and Mark Bell was unmarked but could only shoot straight at Chambers.  Dunstable had not been in the game at this stage, but went ahead with two goals in two minutes.  Firstly Scott Davies lifted a 25-yard free kick over the wall and into the net off a post, then a Chesham attack was broken up and Charlie Henry sent Lee Roache clear to slip the ball past the advancing Shane Gore.  However two minutes later Chesham pulled a goal back when Toby Little crossed and Scott Davies sliced a clearance into his own net.  Chesham resumed control of the game and Ryan Towner and Ashley Smith both shot powerfully but straight at Chambers, then David Pearce ran down the left and set up Toby Little who pulled his shot wide of the far post.  Shortly before half-time the referee amazed the Chesham team when Shane Gore was penalised for picking up a back-pass, even though the ball had come off Darren Purse’s knee.  However justice was done when Scott Davies pulled his shot well wide.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with Chesham on top.  David Pearce crossed to Simon Thomas whose header was saved by Chambers, then Toby Little dribbled into the area and attempted to curl the ball with the outside of his foot but mishit wide.  Chambers then beat away a shot from Ashley Smith, then stretched to tip over a header from Darren Purse.  David Pearce’s corner found Daniel Brathwaite whose header was cleared off the line, and the ball was cleared back to Pearce whose cross was glanced wide of the far post by Simon Thomas.  However just after the hour mark Toby Little took a free kick on the right, the ball eluded everyone and bounced into the net at the far post for Chesham’s equaliser.  Shortly afterwards a David Pearce shot deflected behind off a defender, but the later stages saw the home side put the Chesham defence under pressure for the first time.  In the last minute of normal time Christopher Marsh pulled the ball back to Steve Gregory, whose shot forced a brilliant save from Shane Gore but Gregory should have scored.  Gregory then headed over from a Scott Davies corner, but Chesham had the last chance when David Pearce cut in from the right and curled a shot just past the far post.
 Ben Herd 2 Ashley Smith
 Ryan Plowright 3 Daniel Brathwaite
 Nick Beasant 4 Tommy Fletcher
 Anthony Charles Darren Purse
Scott Davies  6 Andy Ballard
 Steven Gregory 7 Ryan Towner
 Charlie Henry 8 Toby Little
 Lee Roache 9 David Pearce
Gary Mulligan  10 Simon Thomas
Christopher Marsh  11 Mark Bell
Substitutes
 Elliot Sandy 12 Inih Effiong
 Ben Barnes 13 James Beasant
 Jamale McKenzie-Lowe 14 Richard Graham
Leon Cashman  15 Josh Cooper
Newman Carney  16  Mark Nwokeji
David Hutton  17  David Lynn
 - 18  Alex Brown
Goals
Davies 23   Davies (OG) 26
Roache 24   Little 63
Used Substitutes
McKenzie-Lowe for Roache 39 Cooper for Little 75 
Sandy for Henry 69  Graham for Bell 84
 Hutton for Mulligan 69 Effiong for Thomas 88 
Bookings
 Beasant 66    Purse 30
 Herd 66    Ballard 68
Davies 71   Cooper 82
Sent Off
 None    None