FA Vase, fourth round: AFC Dunstable 0 Salisbury 3
AFC Dunstable’s history-making FA Vase run came to an end at the hands of a very clinical and well organised Salisbury side from the Wessex Premier League on Sunday.
In front of a crowd of 512, the third best AFC have attracted to Creasey Park, three first half goals killed off any real hope of the OD’s having a say in the tie.
Home boss Steve Heath brought in Charlie Gorman, Brandon Carney and Nathan Frater for the fixture, as Josh Humbert, Danny Jones and Ben Darby dropped to the bench.
With six minutes gone, Frater’s strike was tipped over by Charlie Searle, before Salisbury started to show their calibre, and the forward line signs of why they have scored 63 goals in only 18 league games.
With 17 minutes on the clock Salisbury took the lead, as Sam Wilson coolly slotted home from close range.
The second came six minutes later as Jason Beck miscued his clearance and Wilson was on hand to make it 2-0.
With half time approaching, the killer third goal arrived as Steve Walker’s header slipped through keeper Ricky Perks’ hands and into the net.
Looking down the barrel for the second half, AFC managed to restore some pride as Frater came close to pulling a goal back, but screwed wide at the far post.
BJ Christie was then denied by Searle, before Jermaine Hall just couldn’t stretch to reach a cross on the hour mark.
A big talking point came on 62 minutes when the already booked Calum Brockway brought down Christie as he was about to break clear, only to escape with just a free kick awarded against him.
The game was marred at the end when AFC’s Beck received his second caution and Salisbury’s sub Tauren Roberts saw a straight red too.
After the game, Heath said: “Without doubt Salisbury are a very good side and deserved the win.
“What is frustrating for us, is that what a time in the season to be going through a loss of form and confidence.
“We have faced Luton Town and Dunstable Town in big cup ties and came through playing good football, but at the moment we just cannot get going.
“On paper our team looks very very strong, with players who have won championships at Southern League level but at the moment cannot put my finger on the problem.”
AFC travel to Welwyn Garden City in the league tomorrow night.
AFC: Perks, Massay, N Carney, Beck, Cashman, B Carney, Frater, Olaleye, Christie, Gorman, Hall. Subs used: Humbert, Crowys. Subs not used: Griffiths, Jones, Darby.