BLETCHLEY Town booked their place in the quarter finals of the South Midlands League Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night with a superb 3-2 victory at Dunstable Town – making it a hat-trick of impressive away wins in the competition.
Nick Crossley’s men have enjoyed a decent start to the SML Division Two season but were big underdogs to beat Premier Division title contenders Dunstable on their own patch.
But after their previous round wins away at Division One side Stony Stratford and Royston Town – now sitting top of the Premier – that’s exactly what Bletchley did.
They took the lead in the opening 10 minutes through Ricky Stimpson before the hosts – who have a reputation as ‘big spenders’ in the SML – stormed back to take a 2-1 lead at the break.
However, Bletchley weren’t ready to lie down and equalised with a goal from substitute James Cain early in the second half. He then saw a straight red card for a reckless challenge, but against all the odds Town snatched a late winner through Will Smith to complete a sensational third away win in the Trophy.
They now go on to meet another Premier side in Tring Athletic – again away from home – on a date yet to be decided. But before then it’s back to the bread and butter of Division Two action with a trip to second place Mursley United on Saturday.