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Concord Rangers 3 Dorking Wanderers 0
Posted: 30th September 2017
Having reached this stage of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, Wanderers had a tough draw which put them away Concord Rangers of Canvey Island. The opposition play in the National League South, one step above them.
A physically strong looking Concord team started with an immediate foray forward calling keeper Harry Palmer into early action. They were playing some long ball football, making use of their height advantage, on this tight pitch. However, Wanderers continued to play their own style of football and skilfully cut through the home defence early on with Tom Tolfrey hitting the crossbar, and Matt Briggs bringing out the first of many great saves by Rangers keeper Wells. The first goal came for Concord after 17 minutes which was largely created by Wanderers failing to clear their lines quickly enough and Amos Nasha pounced to strike a shot past Palmer. Wanderers looked a little out of sorts after this setback, but continued to battle away and Briggs again came close. The first half ended at 1-0, but Wanderers had to replace Robb Sheridan who was the victim of a crude tackle that left him with stud marks up his calf and on to his knee – and this went unpunished by the referee. Dean Hamlin started the second half in his place but yet another error led to Rangers doubling their lead through Captain Steve Cawley only six minutes in.
Once again Wanderers battled away with the ever dangerous Briggs driving forward but unable to beat the former Leatherhead keeper Louis Wells, who was undoubtedly the Man of the Match. Efforts from Tolfrey and James Mc Shane hit the posts and eventually Briggs was brought down in the box. Alas, Tom Tolfrey blasted the ball over the bar. This took the wind out of the Dorking sails, and a free kick led to Concord’s Jordan Cox making 3-0 following a free kick . Isaac Philpott and Tom Summerfield joined the game but there was no way back for Dorking Wanderers, and their FA Cup run was over for this year.
Manager Marc White called it a bad day at the office, as Wanderers rued their missed chances. “ When you hit the crossbar, both posts ,miss a penalty and come up against a keeper in that form, you know it’s just not going to be your day.”
Harry Palmer, Rob Sheridan (Dean Hamlin 52'), Chris Boulter, David Ray, Jerome Beckles, Dan Pearse, Sam Beard, Matthew Briggs (Tom Summerfield 87'), Giuseppe Sole (Isaac Philpott 51') Tom Tolfrey, James McShane
Subs: Isaac Philpott, Dean Hamlin, Ben Dyett, Solomon Pinnock, Gareth Chendlik, Tom Summerfield