AFC make it six out of six to close gap on leaders

Biggleswade United 0 AFC Dunstable 2

AFC Dunstable claimed another vital three points as they won 2-0 at Biggleswade United in the Molten Spartan SML Premier Division on Tuesday.

Biggleswade were the league’s form team as they went into the game full of confidence on the back of three straight wins. With near neighbours Dunstable Town losing out, they were leapfrogged at the top by Royston Town, leaving AFC just four points off the top and two behind their fierce rivals.

After hitting seven against Hanwell Town in their last game, manager Alex Butler started with the same 11.

AFC again took time to settle in the first 10 minutes, but once that period had passed they started to dominate the ball.

The first decent chance fell to BJ Christie, who once again took a battering from the Biggleswade defenders, but his shot on 17 minutes was well saved.

AFC continued to push forward and a great through ball by Gareth Harnaman picked out Hayden Wills’ run, but again Biggleswade’s keeper denied AFC.

The chances started to stack up as Wills tamely placed his shot into the keeper’s hands, and it looked like it was not going to be AFC’s day.

On the stroke of half time Harnaman’s free-kick found Danny Ryan, but the centre-back’s effort went wide as the sides went in goalless at the break.

Biggleswade upped their game at the start of the second half, but AFC finally got the breakthrough on 56 minutes as a rasping Craig Butler strike proved too hot to handle.

United continued to look more dangerous, but lacked the killer instinct in the final third.

AFC keeper Nick Gardner was called into action on 67 minutes as he made a smart save.

With United now pushing forward, AFC caught them on the counter when great work by Courtney Massey saw him cross for Christie to slip the ball home on 72 minutes.

Graeme Buchanan and substitute Moses Olaleye both went close in the closing stages as AFC made it six wins on the bounce.

Manager Alex Butler added: “Again the work ethic of this side still amazes me.

“We have no superstars, just a great bunch of lads who all fight for each other and when Biggleswade had a purple patch, they battened down the hatches and all mucked in together.”

AFC entertain Aylesbury United at Creasey Park on Monday, kick off 1pm.