AFC Dunstable hit by late Arlesey winner

Action from AFC Dunstable's defeat to Arlesey Town
Action from AFC Dunstable's defeat to Arlesey Town

Southern League Division One Central: AFC Dunstable 1 Arlesey Town 2

AFC Dunstable served up a rare poor performance as they lost 2-1 at home to relegation threatened Arlesey Town in their Southern League Division One Central clash at Creasey Park on Saturday.

With the wind again at Creasey Park playing a major factor in the game, it was the visitors who came to terms with conditions quicker.

The first half was a messy affair without any clear cut chances, although AFC keeper Garry Malone did make one full length save.

It was the hosts who took the lead just before the break though when BJ Christie turned neatly in the penalty area to find the bottom corner.

If the hosts thought the game was there for the taking, they were quickly mistaken as Arlesey began causing problems.

Malone had to be at his agile best to deny the visitors, but he was eventually beaten on 72 minutes as Tony Williams got on the end of a neat move to equalise.

Arlesey continued to look the better side, as they denied AFC any space but also created opportunities too.

With the game entering added on time, AFC gave away a needless free kick, and from the cross, sub Taylor Rhiney flicked past Malone to steal victory.

AFC boss Steve Heath said: “It was just not our day, it seemed Arlesey wanted it more than us and that was the case.

“I have to put it down as a bad day at the office, as the team recently have been top class.

“It is maybe the kick up the backside we needed to wipe away any complacency that has crept in.

“We have an away day at Petersfield next Saturday, so I need to get the lads up for that.”

AFC: Malone, Massay, Murphy (Humbert 64), Griffiths, Morgan, N Carney, Cashman (Frater 72), Olaleye, Christie (Mannion 85), Bishop, Hall.

Attendance: 94.