Cambridge City suffered their first home league defeat since August as Dunstable came away with the points courtesy of a 2-0 victory.
Boss Robbie Nightingale included new signing Jack Vasey in the starting line-up after completing a move from Royston Town over the weekend. Lewis Wilson was on the bench alongside Mason Spence with Mark Coulson selected ahead of him at left back.
City looked to start where they left off following their victory at Hartley Wintney at the weekend, but were sluggish out of the blocks and it was the visitors who dominated the early play. They went close with their first attack of the game when an effort went wide from a corner.
As the game looked to settle down, it was the visitors again who went closest to opening the scoring. This time they capitalised on a poor clearance from City goalkeeper Niall Conroy, which fell to Louis Bircham but skipper Ian Miller had got back to clear the ball off the line.
From the resulting clearance, City then had their first real opening when Ryan Sharman had an effort saved by former Lilywhites keeper, Jamie Head.
With City now beginning to find some rhythm, they survived another scare when the ball fell invitingly for Louis Bircham, but his effort went narrowly wide.
City then tightened up and enjoyed a period of more possession, and Sharman was unlucky with another effort that was deflected for a corner. Tom Knowles put in a perfect delivery, and Sharman again was unlucky with a header that went just over the bar.
As the match approached half time the Lilywhites perhaps had their best chance when Salim Relizani forced Head to deflect his effort onto the post.
Both sides started the second period striving to break the deadlock, but play was often broken up by some strong challenges and inconsistent officiating from the match officials. However, City were now looking the more likely to score and it was clear they were having the upper hand, but without really testing Head in the Dunstable goal. Salim Relizani was growing more into the game, and was unlucky not to have succeeded in a penalty claim when he appeared to be upended by Newman Carney.
However, it was the introduction of substitute Bernie Christie who turned the game in favour of the visitors. As the match approached the 65th minute mark, a ball was delivered into the box and Christie lashed a shot past Conroy with virtually his first touch of the game.
That goal rocked City and Robbie Nightingale introduced Nathan Olukanmi in place of Tom Knowles. City pressed for an equaliser and Jack Vasey went close when his effort went across the face of the goal. But it was Dunstable who went closest further still when Niall Conroy missed a punch from a corner and substitute Leon Cashman saw his header hacked off the line at the back post by Mark Coulson.
With five minutes to go and with City still pressing, Dunstable got the killer second goal. This time it was Christie who was the provider and picked out Jermaine Hall to fire the ball home and with it take his tally to 15 for the season, and with it draw level with Ryan Sharman as league's leading scorer.
So, a disappointing and frustrating evening for City. They do though still remain second but the top six are now really bunching up. The next challenge for the Lilywhites is a home game with leaders Moneyfields on Saturday, but this is subject to an FA Trophy replay for the Hampshire outfit later this week.
If that game doesnt go ahead, then City face another tough test with a trip to AFC Rushden and Diamonds in their next definite league encounter on 28 November.
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