Gallery: Last gasp comeback sinks the Crows
Royston Town 3 Dunstable Town 4 ANTICIPATION for Dunstable Town's trip to Garden Walk on Saturday was high, with many neutrals in agreement that these two teams play the best football in the Spartan South Midlands Premier. And rightly so, as in an end-to-
Royston Town 3 Dunstable Town 4
ANTICIPATION for Dunstable Town's trip to Garden Walk on Saturday was high, with many neutrals in agreement that these two teams play the best football in the Spartan South Midlands Premier.
And rightly so, as in an end-to-end game the visitors came from behind with just five minutes left in the match to snatch victory from the Crows and inflict a first home league defeat on Royston for more than a year.
Royston took the lead on 24 minutes when the versatile Arin Fehmi got on the end of a cross that in the swirling wind deceived Paul Taylor in the Dunstable goal, and the Crows went into the break in a strong position after Josh Bronti had added to Fehmi's opener.
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Ten minutes after the interval, the visitors were level as first Dunstable captain Neal Perrin with a close range effort and then Dan O'Connor with a strike into the top corner pulled their side back into the game.
Dunstable thought they had taken the lead midway through the half only for Wayne Mills' effort to be adjudged not to have crossed the line despite the claims from the visiting players.
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At the other end Paul Attfield's men continued to pepper the Dunstable goal with chances, many of which 'keeper Taylor was a match for.
The Crows eventually scored a third with 15 minutes left when in a crowded box Ricky Young poked the ball towards a goal kick before it was deflected into the goal by the unfortunate Lee Burgoyne.
Royston hoped to hold on to their lead despite some strong Dunstable pressure, but they succumbed twice in the last five minutes.
First substitute Terry Billy skipped past two defenders before hitting the onion bag, and then in the five minutes of time added on Dunstable were awarded a free kick 30 yards out which was converted into the Royston goal by Burgoyne to give the visitors a surprise late win.
Royston Town: Gibbs, Endacott, Fehmi, Jones, Stocker, Collins, Edwards, Bronti, Young, Lockett, Robins. Subs: Dolan, Apostolos, Crosk, Morriss, Cook.
Dunstable Town: Taylor, Mills, Scott Wood, Shane Wood, L Flood, Perrin, A Flood, Ryan, Kisuule, O'Connor, Preston. Subs: Davidson, Billy, Baldry, Burgoyne.