AFC Dunstable bow out of FA Trophy to impressive Hastings

AFC Dunstable saw their FA Trophy run end with a heavy home defeat to Hastings United.

Tuesday, 29th October 2019, 3:45 pm

BJ Christie saw an early shot blocked, but Hastings were soon into their stride and controlled much of the first half, with Jake Elliott’s low cross, a fraction ahead of Pope who also saw a clever backheel saved by Green.

AFC had their moments with shots from Crawley and Christie drawing saves from Rogers, but Hastings took a deserved lead on 38 minutes.

Lanre Azeez, Pope and Dixon combined to release Elliott whose low cross was turned into his own net by Grant Fryer.

Just before half-time, Crawley’s cross wobbled in the wind and fell to Elliot, who fired into the side-netting.

With the rain still pouring, the second-half started in the same vein as the first, and within minutes it was 2-0 when Elliott’s cross picked out Adams to finish.

Dunstable had chances to halve the deficit with Elliot’s good shot forcing Louis Rogers to tip over before forcing a series of corners.

But United forged further ahead when Azeez’s floated cross dropped for Pope to power a left-footed volley into the corner.

United threatened further on the break with Ajakaiye’s shot blocked by Green who then pushed a 20-yard strike from the same player over for a corner.

AFC had a chance to pull one back late on, but Elliott’s shot was weak, and with Dunstable pushing men forward, Rodari worked himself space to sprint clear to hit a fourth to cap an impressive Hastings display.

AFC Dunstable: Green, Tajernick, Carney, R. Frater, Fryer, McNulty (Rhiney 46), Grant (Ajayi 60), Elliot, Christie, Powell, Crawley (N. Frater 60). Unused subs: Abraham, Pickering.