Nine-man Magpies surprise league leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:33 28 December 2011

Steve Barker was in top form for Colney Heath

Steve Barker was in top form for Colney Heath

Captain Steve Barker nets late winner

SSML Premier Division

Dunstable Town 1 Colney Heath 2

COLNEY Heath survived the dismissals of Josh Humbert and Glenn Draper to defeat table toppers Dunstable Town.

The Magpies made the journey with several players unavailable through suspension, holidays and work but started the better and took control of the game, dominating possession and territory.

A flick on from Steve Barker found Humbert who shot just wide before seconds later, Humbert was denied a penalty and from the scramble, Jason Williams had a fine effort turned round the post by the ‘keeper.

Aaron Clarke was causing all sorts of problems for the experienced Dunstable defence with his pace and just before the break Dunstable’s right-back was sent off for a flying arm into the face of George Rowland. Clarke then had a shot saved as the teams went into half-time level.

Early in the second half Colney Heath won a free kick wide on the right hand side of the area and Rowland swept it into the top corner of the net from around 30 yards to put Gary Phillips’ side in front.

Dunstable then woke up and soon equalised to make it 1-1 with a rebound after a Holmes’ free kick hit the post.

Colney Heath continued to create opportunities through Williams and Clarke but after 70 minutes the Magpies were reduced to 10 men when Humbert harshly received his second yellow card. Two minutes later, Glenn Draper also received his marching orders after an altercation leaving Heath to finish the game with just nine men.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, they secured all three points when Rowland delivered a good corner to the far post for Barker to head home with just five minutes remaining.

Dunstable pressed hard for an equaliser and goalkeeper Tom Blackman had to be sharp to fingertip a shot round the post for a corner but good defending in the final minutes ensured Colney Heath came away from the league leaders with a fine win.

Colney Heath: Blackman, Armstrong, Corran, Draper, Barker, Dickie, Williams, Coombs, Clarke, Humbert, Rowland.

Subs: Lace, Sandiford.

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