Sandy scores late on to set up Hemel tie

Nick Beasant
Nick Beasant

FA Cup first qualifying round: Chesham United 1 Dunstable Town 2

Dunstable Town were worthy winners as they set up an FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town by beating Chesham 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The hosts were missing the influential Darren Purse who had marshalled their defence in the first game, but other than that they were unchanged, while Dunstable moved Gary Mulligan to centre-forward and David Hutton started.

Scott Davies tested Shane Gore with a free kick early on, while Chris Marsh fired over and Davies again was denied by the keeper.

After a goalless first half, the breakthrough for the visitors came from a set-piece as Davies’ delivery fell nicely for Nick Beasant to open the scoring on 62 minutes.

The strike fired up the home side and caused a loss of momentum from Dunstable as they levelled with 10 minute to go when Inih Effiong’s cross and Simon Thomas fired home.

However, with time running out, Dunstable brought on Jemale McKenzie –Lowe and Elliot Sandy as the visitors poured forward.

It paid dividends too as from a corner, Sandy nipped in to restore the lead.

The Bles could have made it more comfortable, but following McKenzie-Lowe’s fierce drive, Sandy’s effort hit the foot of the post.

The league programme resumes Saturday with Chippenham Town the visitor’s to Creasey Park.

Chesham: Shane Gore, Ashley Smith, Daniel Braithwaite (Mark Nwokeji 88), Tommy Fletcher, Alex Brown (Richard Graham 57), Andy Ballard, Ryan Tower, Toby Little, Dave Pearce, Simon Thomas, Mark Bell (Inih Effiong, 72). Subs not used: James Beasant, Josh Cooper, David Lynn, Connor Wood.

Dunstable: Luke Chambers, Ben Herd, Ryan Plowright, Nick Beasant, Anthony Charles, Scott Davies, Steven Gregory, Charlie Henry, Gary Mulligan (Jemale McKenzie-Lowe, 81), David Hutton (Elliot Sandy 81). Subs not used: Ben Barnes, Terry Dixon, Shane Blackett, Newman Carney.

Star man: Charlie Henry.