Dunstable Town 1 Tring Athletic 1
A LATE moment of madness from David Whicker cost Tring a deserved three points at promotion favourites Dunstable Town.
With five minutes of the game remaining, Tring were leading 1-0 through a well-worked Connor Waite goal, but Whicker was penalised for an off-the-ball incident which allowed Dunstable to equalise from the penalty spot.
Substitute Whicker had only been on the field for six minutes when he retaliated to provocation from Dunstable’s Dean Brennan, and the former Aylesbury man had no trouble in dispatching the resulting spot-kick.
Whicker was perhaps lucky only to receive a yellow card and not a red for his actions.
“We should have won but someone let himself down,” said Tring boss Julian Robinson. “We looked in no danger of letting in a goal at the time. It was really disappointing.”
“Still, we’ve played really well for the last 10 games and that culminated in a very good performance on Saturday.
“We haven’t seen anything in the league that we have to fear.”
A young Tring side started the game well against Dunstable and Stewart King came close with a curling effort.
Tony Fields and Sam Mitchell were next to try their luck, before Matthew Judge fired an effort just wide for the hosts.
Lee Roache was then denied by a brilliant save from Tring keeper Mike Underwood, as an entertaining first half came to an end.
The visitors came out strongly after the interval, and Jack Thomson was thwarted by a fine save from host keeper Paul Taylor.
Tring were looking dangerous, and the opening goal duly arrived after 67 minutes, courtesy of Waite’s fourth goal of the season.
Paul Jeffrey found Sam Mitchell, and he laid the ball back for Waite to sweep home and put his side in front.
Both sides made changes as the game moved into its final stages, and Tring looked set for a crucial three points, but Whicker’s ill-discipline cost his side the win.
Next up for Athletic is an FA Vase clash with Haringey Borough on Saturday.