Point a piece a fair result

Rovers made the short trip to Dunstable for this local derby hoping keep their recent good away record intact. AFC won the toss and elected to play with what was a stiff breeze at their backs first half. AFC were into their stride early and had by far the greater amount of early possession but failed to pressure Gary Malone the Rovers keeper. Rovers came up with a sucker punch as early as the 5th minute when a superb Victor Osubu run and cross from the right was met on the volley by Drew Phillips and he finished emphatically to end his recent scoring drought. Rovers held onto their lead for a scant five minutes as AFC's B J Christie found himself on the end of a wind-assisted punt from his keeper and, totally unmarked inside the Rovers penalty area, simply passed the ball past Malone to level the scores after ten minutes. Osubu was in the action again after 17 minutes but a good cross was met with a mediocre Charlie Clayton header that drifted well wide of the target. On the half hour a refereeing howler gifted AFC the lead when that man B J Christie collected from a throw-in, that clearly should have belonged to Rovers, and waltzed past a static Rovers defence and plant his shot in the bottom corner. Gary Jones from a free-kick and Clayton for Rovers were guilty of some wasteful finishing before the teams went in at half-time with AFC in front.

B J Christie might have had his hat-trick on 53 minutes when a cracking shot smacked a Rovers post before rebounding to safety. Phillips and Jones had efforts for Rovers but well wide of the target before AFC's Leon Cashman fired wide. Rovers, now with the wind behind them, were marginally on top but couldn't find a breakthrough despite some good midfield play from substitute Mason Spence. However, honours were even when, after 87 minutes Rovers left-back Jones went rampaging down the left only to be felled in the box by a two-man AFC assault, no doubt and no refereeing hesitation a penalty-kick and a chance for Rovers to salvage something from this match, up stepped substitute Connor Vincent to blast the kick home and level up the match. Charlie Clayton might have sealed all three points for Rovers with two good chances before the final whistle but failed to hit the target and the game finished level at 2-2.

Final Score: AFC Dunstable 2 (B J Christie 10 & 29) Barton Rovers 2 (Phillips 5, Vincent 87)

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