AFC Dunstable carried on from where they finished last season, a side who were in and around the play offs showed they had similar ambitions for this season. Their settled side proving too strong for the new boys of Fleet Town. The first half saw the home side playing with a strong wind at their backs took the game to Fleet early, but Beach between the sticks and Nick Sowden at the back looked solid but it was not all one way traffic, a super cross from Bradley Wilson brought Jamie Head out to catch the ball and snuff out Fleet's attack. After nine minutes a home corner came close but was touched wide. The game settled into a midfield battle until the home side won a Penalty for a challange in the box, for which Oshilaja was given a Yellow Card. The home side's danger man Jermaine Hall placed the ball and made no mistake t open his account for the season. Ten minutes later Beach kicked the ball downfield, just as a strong gust of wind blew, causing the ball to fall down short of its target, unfortunately for Fleet, right at the feet of Hall, who ran from halfway to the box before slotting the ball into the corner of the net for his second. Before half time a cross from Mannion found Tom Silford in the box to head in for the home sides third.In the last minute of the half Hall had the chance to complete a first half hat-trick, but shot well over.
Into the second half Fleet were trying to put the memory of the first half behind them, again a solid first fifteen minutes, until the referee blew and gave another foul against Oshilaja and again brought out the yellow card, followed by the Red. To counter the loss of Ade at the back, Fleet brought on Josh Baines, bringing off Sammy Pekun. Almost immediately though Silford turned provider playing a hard cross into the box, which was flicked home by that man, Hall, again, to give the home side their forth. As the home side then took the chance to rest some of their stars, Fleet carved out some half-chances, Wilson in particular unlucky to see his shot curl wide. Into added time Fleet won a string of corners, but the closest effort from this pressure was when the home sides Terry Griffiths headed back over his own bar and their Jordan Browne flicked the ball past his own post. The result leaves AFC Dunstable top of the table after one game.
Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Nick Sowden, 3 Carl Garstang, 4 Ade Oshilaja, 5 Issac Nkosi, 6 Chris Musgrove, 7 Joe Sowden, 8 Ben Toye, 9 George Pilbeam, 10 Bradley Wilson, 11 Sammy Pekun.
Updated 22:32 - 12 Aug 2017 by Harry Cannon
Subs : 12 Josh Baines (on for Pekun 57 mins), 14 Will Efambe (on for Pilbeam 90 mins), 15 Sean Mason (on for Ben Toye 90+ mins)
not used 13 Harrison Butten, 16 Owen Cummings.