IT WAS somewhat ironic that Saturday’s Dorset Senior Trophy tie at the Avenue Stadium should be settled by a goal as scrappy as the game writes Stuart Broom.
Dorchester Town Reserves 1 Dorchester Sports 0
The Magpies made the early running and Mitchell was unfortunate in the 7th minute with a volley that struck the underside of the bar and fell to safety. Then midway through the half Luke Woodland fired in a shot that forced keeper Matty Peart into a save at his near post Sports’ best effort came from Jamie Symes on 27 minutes, but his vicious volley was too high.
As Dorchester grew in confidence full back Paul Hill began to find space down the right, combining well with Mitchell, and twice forced Peart to save. Sports came out with more purpose in the second half, and Magpies keeper Jordan Mullins made a fine double save to deny Symes and Jordan Butler.
The goal that decided this tie came on 54 minutes when Captain Simon Proffitt’s low free kick found its way through the Sports wall, where an unsighted Peart let it squirm under his body and roll into the net. The game started to open up after this with Sports trying to put a number of attacks together, but often let down by the final ball.
However, it was the Magpies that came nearest to doubling their tally when Woodland fired a rebound over the bar, and Profitt headed Sam Pashen’s corner wide. Symes was becoming more influential and was inches away from an equaliser with an angled drive that just past the far post. Sports had a golden opportunity to equalise 15 minutes from time. A corner found three players unmarked at the far post, but Ross Bowditch headed wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy.
Tempers were becoming a little frayed as the game wore on, but it was well controlled by referee Linda Lindskog who had an excellent game. Late on the Magpies had one last chance to seal the result but Pete Taylor’s shot from a corner was blocked on the line by Darren Webb.
DORSET SATURDAY LEAGUE
THE only game in the Senior League saw a nine-goal thriller at Portland where Allendale took the points after coming away 5-4 winners despite goals from Leon Attree, Conor Milnes, Paul Cole, Adam Linaker.
In Division One a Derek Wall brace was enough for Weymouth A take beat Wool & Winfrith 2-1 while Corfe Castle won 3-1 at Balti Sports Res. Matt Croxson, Danny Hill, Adam Scofield and Mikey Hoskins netted for Portesham as they won 4-2 in the Division Two clash at Broadmayne.
Meanwhile, Portland Reserves and Chickerell United played out a 3-3 draw with Elliott Gould (2) and Callum Cunningham netting for Portland. Owermoigne beat visitors Maiden Newton 2-1 courtesy of strikes from Kevin Paice and Jamie Spivey.
Corfe Mullen visited Portland Town A were beaten 2-1 at home by Corfe Mullen in Division Three, Danny Shepherd scored for Portland. Division Four League leaders Chickerell United A won 4-3 away at Shillingstone while Portesham Town B and Bridport A shared the points drawing 2-2, Liam Reid netted for Portesham.