Dorchester 0 – 1 SFC

Tuesday 12th December 2023

Dorset Senior Cup Quarter Final

Dorchester Town 0

Shaftesbury 1 (Kellaway 47)

Louis Kellaway put the ‘Rockies’ into the Semi Final of the Dorset Senior Cup for the second year running against a strong Dorchester Town side at the Avenue Stadium tonight. 

Ten of the ‘Magpies’ line up appeared in their last Pitching In Southern League Premier South win at Swindon Supermarine played with Corby Moore and Will Fletcher coming on as substitutes in the second half to look to turn the game around. 

Claudio Herbert, Curtis Lane, Liam Farrugia and Cameron Beard all started as Luke Burbidge and Jim Milligan made five changes to the Shaftesbury team that won at AFC Stoneham at the weekend. Billy Maybury started on the bench along with Ash Wells and Ollie Mayo. 

Sam Davidson, Shane Murphy and Jordan Barnett did not feature with Saturday’s Velocity Wessex League Premier Division game with Hamble Club in mind and the league being our priority. 

‘Magpies’ manager Tommy Killick had said in the Dorset Echo that he respected the competition (Dorset Senior Cup). Killick is a winner and an icon in Dorset football managing Poole Town for 19 years and taking them from the Wessex League Division 2 to the National Division South and also winning the FA Vase whilst at Wimborne Town in 1992. 

With only 14 players in the squad we were relatively comfortable against quality opponents, and Lloyd Thomas debuting in goal as cover for Murphy did make some good stops though and our victory cannot be underestimated. One particular stop from Ollie Haste stood out as Dorchester broke into our penalty area which Thomas pushed away. 

Killick wanted to win this one and we performed without pressure. There wasn’t much to report really in the first half. Steve Devlin hit one of his trademark 35 yard efforts which the home sides keeper Adam Forster had to tip over the bar. Brett Pitman then connected with Herbert’s cross which skimmed wide.  Thomas blocked a other good effort from Haste the teams went in level at half time. 

Just a couple of minutes into the second period Brett Pitman found Luke Holmes who put the ball in for Louis Kellaway to head past Forster into the net to give us the lead. 

Luke Holmes was very busy and showed great skill along with the pace of Herbert. Steve Walker, Devlin, Kellaway and Callum Sweeney cemented things down with Cam Beard clearing any danger effectively. 

Shaquille Gwengwe was proving a handful up top and a player with strength and ability that we kept at bay superbly and was the ‘Magpies’ November player of the month at the Avenue Stadium. 

Dorchester brought on Fletcher who was their match winner at Swindon Supermarine and Moore who both had much experience in Killick’s Poole side as the home side went on the press.  

Dorchester Town felt they should have had a penalty late on Fletcher, yet really we dealt with everything and deserve the credit tonight. We take every game as it comes and quietly get on with the business in hand. This is the narrative of Burbidge, Milligan and chairman Steve Coffen that runs through the club. No fuss, the work continues. 

Cutting edge will no doubt be key as the ‘Magpies’ face Walton & Hersham on Saturday in a game that is crucial for Town with both sides looking to move up the table and not get dragged into the drop zone. 

It is probably better for them this happened tonight as we both have the league campaigns as number one focus. It was the same for us after the Downton game and we’ve won every game since! 

Despite what may be seen as a disappointment for Dorchester Town tonight there is certainly enough in their side and in their approach play to get at the ‘Swans’ (Walton & Hersham) this weekend and perhaps in the Step 3 environment with a larger crowd it will all come together. 

The Dorchester fans certainly got behind their team and did some singing and that’s a good thing that they do. We return to Velocity Wessex League action when we welcome Hamble Club to North Dorset and hopefully continue our run. 

Dorchester Town – Forster, Eccott-Young, Haste, Waterfield, Slough, Turner, Toms, Borges, Thomas, Gwengwe, Kosela

Subs – Duncliff, Moore, Ngalo, Fletcher, Malpas

Shaftesbury – Thomas, Farrugia, Walker, Devlin, Beard, Lane, Kellaway, Sweeney, Herbert, Pitman, Holmes, 

Sub used – Maybury 

Officials – N.Wolmleighton, L.Stone, O.Headington

Report – Avril Lancaster 🐌⚽🐌

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