HILLINGDON Borough manager Sam Hurrell conceded that his team had come up against a superior team in the form of Dunstable Town last night.
Hurrell was disappointed as some sloppy defending proved costly and his side went down 3-1 to the league leaders.
“I thought the boys did very well with how we asked them to set up,” said Hurrell. “But we let ourselves down again in conceding from another set piece and an early goal again in the second half.”
Dunstable are this season's champions-elect, undefeated in the league this season, and eighteen points ahead of their nearest rivals.
So Hillingdon Borough were always going to be in for a difficult challenge trying to contain a side averaging over three goals a game and Dunstable wasted little time in getting going.
Tony Fontanelle dragged a shot wide before Marc Leach headed against the crossbar from a corner.
Borough did well to try and contain the away side with home keeper Harry Palmer making two great saves. The first was from Fontanelli after he broke behind the home defence. He then produced an even better stop from a free kick from Newman Carney whose vicious set piece was heading into the top left hand corner before being tipped over.
Yet the home side undid their good work with a sloppy goal from a corner. After the goal was headed on at the back post, Hillingdon's inability to clear the ball left Tony Burnett to stab the ball home.
A second goal came soon after the break, a smart ball through to Bernard Christie saw him through on goal and he slipped the ball under Palmer. Hillingdon came back into the match with Matthews and Sam Hurrell having shots blocked but Dunstable killed the game off with a clinical attack that saw Fontanelli turn in Nathan Frater's low centre.
Hillingdon were able to score a consolation after Kieron Gradwell forced the ball over the line from a Matthews free kick but after a third consecutive defeat, manager Hurrell was keen to look forward to next season.
“We want to get the season over with as soon as possible so we can look forward to a good long pre season with the squad for next season and get our ideas across properly,” he concluded.