Friday 18 March 2011


The Semi-Finals of the Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy were played last night. The Trophy is a 'league cup' with all three division's teams represented. In one of the games Premier Division leader's Chalfont St Peter won through against Second Division Risborough Rangers by the scoreline of 2-0.

The cold end was one of the eighty-seven people watching the game between Premier Division Colney Heath and Dunstable Town. Heath have been in great form of late and going into the match were in second place against Town who were in seventh position in the Premier Division table.

The league games between the two this season had been a feast of goals finishing 3-3 and 2-3. Last night's game was very a very tight one with Colney on top in the first twenty minutes or so where they were unlucky not to score hitting the post from a shot from the edge of the box.

Gradually as the half wore on Town came back into the game backed by a number of vocal travelling fans (which is always good to see) with Nathan Frater scoring the all important goal from close range just before half time after an impressive and swift break up along the left hand side of the pitch.

Heath were reduced to 9 men in the second half. Both were after second bookings with the first a somewhat clumsy high challenge (there was no intent to cause injury - it was just seemed like a moment of madness - see video from 2min 20secs) and the other when the referee booked a player for what appeared to be foul and abusive language. Luckily the Dunstable player was able to continue in the game after some treatment from their physio.

Despite being at a numerical disadvantage Colney Heath did have several chances to level the game as did Town  (to kill the game off) who exploited the space they were given with their two extra players.

Dunstable Town held on to win the game 0-1 and qualify for the final against Chalfont St Peter to be played at neutral venue and time/date to be decided.


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