Tring’s Vase hopes smashed by Dunstable

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Tring Athletic endured a miserable afternoon on Saturday as they went crashing out of the FA Vase 6-1 at home to Dunstable Town.

Despite being 11 places and 20 points below Tring in the league, Dunstable were on top throughout against a surprisingly lacklustre Athletic.

The visitors were first out the blocks and were two goals ahead by the 18th minute. Firstly, a routine one-two split the home defence and Nathan Frater strode through to shoot home from the edge of the box.

Within three minutes the lead was doubled when Luke Lincoln was allowed to turn in the box and his shot was helped into the net by an Athletic player.

Tring had a chance to reply in the 26th minute, but failed to take it as Andy Mullins, Nick Jackson and Tony Fields all refused good opportunities to shoot at goal.

Soon after, a Mullins header was saved well by the Dunstable goalkeeper, but the Tring man was not to be denied.

Another superb Mullins header from a Nick Jackson free-kick found the corner of the net to give the hosts a lifeline going into half-time.

Vinnie Iannone went close to a Tring equaliser shortly after the break as his effort skimmed the crossbar, and Mullins and substitute Danny Gray both looked threatening.

But it was Dunstable who found the crucial next goal, when Frater netted his second effort of the game to put the visitors 3-1 ahead.

Lincoln added a fourth for Dunstable after a neat move, before late goals from Graeme Buchanan and substitute Luke Abraham rubbed salt in the wound for Tring and confirmed their disappointing Vase exit.