Points shared in top of the table clash
Posted: February 6th 2017
The eagerly awaited clash of second versus third ended a point apiece after an action packed 90 minutes at the DGS Marine Stadium.
Wanderers Manager Marc White is likely to be happy with taking 4 points from 6 against one of the pre-season title favourites, after a match that in truth could have gone either way such were the chances created either end, so much so that a draw probably was the fairest reflection on both sides.
Wanderers welcomed back prolific striker Tom Tolfrey following a 10 week absence, however were still missing Ben Dyett who served the last match of his suspension.
Wanderers kicked down the infamous Greenwich slope during the first half, and as such dominated the lion’s share of possession. However, having taken the lead through Matt Briggs in the 17th minute Wanderers failed to take advantage of their possession (after Tom Tolfrey and James McShane both went close on a couple of occasions) coupled with some excellent defending by the home team.
The second half and the home side (who were arguably out-battled in the first half) considerably stepped up their game, and with now having the advantage of the slope began to significantly put Wanderers on the back foot and dominate play, forcing a succession of corners before finally finding an equaliser in the 70th minute through Glenn Wilson.
Ironically having dropped deep to invite the home sides pressure prior to the goal, the visitors equaliser brought about a very equal final 20 minute period, which ebbed and flowed from end to end with both sides having chances to win the game. But Wanderers had the better of the late chances, as Rob Sheridan hit the bar and Matt Briggs went close on more than one occasion.
Manager Marc White said: “I thought the first 45 minutes was an excellent performance as the away side. I’m slightly disappointed with how we defended the slope, but it’s the first time we’ve been there and we’ll learn from that moving forward. Credit to Gary (Alexander) and his excellent management team, who managed to get an exemplary second half performance from the home side, and also who have put together probably the best squad in the league. From our part it’s another move forward following a disjointed last 6 weeks or so, whereby we’ve been beset with injury problems. We’re now in a stage of reforming our strongest 11, and trying to get all of the returnees back to full fitness. We shouldn’t underestimate the impact that Tom (Tolfrey) will have for the remainder of the season. He is a proven top striker in this league, therefore it was great to see him return today, albeit lacking full match fitness”.
White continued: “We undoubtedly have some tough matches coming up, but it certainly feels like we’re now able to move forward again”.
Wanderers are next in league action this Saturday, when they welcome Faversham Town to Westhumble in the Ryman South (3pm kick-off).
Wanderers: Slavomir Huk, Rob Sheridan, Chris Boulter, Dean Hamlin, Jerome Beckles, Anthony Oakes, Giuseppe Sole (Jake Beecroft 63’), Matthew Briggs, Tom Summerfield (Dean Gunner 77’), Tom Tolfrey (Gareth Chendlik 77’), James McShane
Subs: Jake Beecroft, Dean Gunner, Gareth Chendlik, Dan Mahoney, Sam Beard.
Wanderers goal scorer: Matt Briggs (17’)
Pictured: Dorking Wanderers defender Dean Hamlin, who put in a Man of the Match performance away at Greenwich Borough on Saturday.