Sep 27 2012 By Tim Street
AFC Dunstable 0-3 Northwood
TWO second half strikes from Adamson Ajayi earned Northwood a safe passage into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup last night.
A below-par performance at Chestnut Avenue on Saturday meant a Tuesday night replay in Bedfordshire, but Northwood weren't about to make the same mistake twice.
But it was the hosts, from a league below, who almost drew first blood when the unmarked Jason Blackett put a free header wide.
The visitors soon found their feet and Romayne Walker fired just wide before a jinking run from the halfway line by Ajayi ended with John Christian shooting over.
But the Wood did not have long to wait for their opening goal, Scott Rader pouncing on some indecision in the home area following a Ryan Phillips free-kick to poke home on 15 minutes.
They then had keeper James Reading to thank for a point-blank save down the other end from Steve Hawes, before Ollie Hawkins headed over from a Jack Hutchinson cross.
It was then home keeper Sam Leggett's turn to shine with a fine save from Hutchinson following a jinking run, while Rader's goal-bound follow-up was blocked by James Balony.
Rader then headed wide from a carbon copy move of his goal, as did Hawkins from a Walker cross, either side of Ajayi shooting inches wide when he should have done better.
The visitors were on fire going into the half-time interval, forcing Leggett into a fine double save from Rader and Ajayi, but Blackett reminded them of the danger the hosts posed on the break by firing across the face of goal.
But the second goal Northwood deserved arrived on 63 minutes when Ajayi, having found the side netting from a similar position minutes earlier, this time found the right side of the net from the right hand edge of the area.
Blackett missed another free header for the hosts, but the Wood should really have wrapped it up midway through the second half when Romayne Walker was brought down in the box by Darren Ryan, but Walker's penalty was saved by Leggatt, as was his follow-up.
Leggatt then pushed over a belter from Hutchinson, before a late flurry from the hosts, sensing time was running out, saw Graham Clark fire across the face of goal and BJ Christie force a good save from Reading.
Christie then came the closest the hosts had all night by chipping the stranded Reading, only to see the ball bounce back off the bar, and it was Northwood who instead grabbed a late third, Ajayi nodding in a free header from Dean Worman's cross.