Wales strikes late on to earn Dunstable victory

Dunstable Town's Steven Wales
Dunstable Town's Steven Wales

Southern Premier Division: Hungerford Town 2 Dunstable Town 3

Steve Wales scored late on as Dunstable Town earned a first away win of 2012 by completing the double over fourth-placed Hungerford Town on Saturday.

Hungerford dominated early possession and looked likelier to score, testing Jamie Head with both corners and shots on target; but once settled, Dunstable counter attacked effectively with Chris Vardy’s notable run bringing a notable save from Paul Strudley.

James Clark headed wide for the hosts following a free-kick and James Rusby’s long throw- ins were also a source of danger.

At the other end, James Kaloczi had two bites at the cherry but Strudley was secure for both efforts.

However, two minutes before half-time, the wily Clark had a free run on goal following an excellent pass and he finished smartly to give his side the lead at the interval.

Dunstable began the second half in a remarkable manner by scoring two goals in as many minutes.

First Wales converted a penalty, following a foul on Vardy and then a remarkable lob from man of the match David Longe-King rebounded from the crossbar and bounced over the line to give the visitors the lead.

This was short-lived though as Hungerford drew level with a spotkick of their own on 52 minutes following a trip from Jonathan Edwards.

Conditions worsened as the match gained in excitement and, with a following wind Dunstable were becoming more creative, but they also needed to be precise in defending and both Kaloczi and Adam Pepera made crucial interceptions as Hungerford fought to restore their lead.

Kaloczi came close with a header, as did the Crusaders’ Stefan Brown who slid in for the finish but could not connect.

With the game seemingly heading for an honourable draw there was a remarkable sting in the tale when, with two minutes to go, Steve Wales, well within his own half, lobbed the ball forward and it went over the head of the keeper to seal the points for a jubilant Dunstable.

The Blues are at home to Chesham United on Monday.

Dunstable: Head, Hall, Reynolds, Longe-King (Wylie), Kaloczi, Pepera, Watkins, Wales, Edwards (Roache), Keenleyside, Vardy.

Subs not used: Talbot, Fontenelle, Wharton.

Attendance: 125.