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Lowestoft Town 0 Dorking Wanderers 0
Posted: 13th January 2018
Dorking Wanderers had Slavomir Huk to thank for recording a third clean sheet in the past four games, as the keeper produced a second half penalty save in a game where the visitors enjoyed the best of the action.
“Despite Lowestoft having a penalty, I look at it as two points dropped really,” said Dorking boss Marc White.
“We definitely created the better openings, but just lacked that bit of quality in the final third of the pitch. At the same time, we were up against a team who were in the Conference South just a couple of years ago and we restricted them to very few chances,” he added.
Aside from the penalty, Lowestoft’s best opportunity to score came in the very first minute of the game. Jake Reed exchanged passes with Matt Foy and slipped the ball through to him in the box, but the striker dragged his shot across the Dorking goal and just wide of the far post.
That effort aside, it was Wanderers who dominated for long periods but were unable to penetrate the Lowestoft defence. Giuseppe Sole had two free kicks in good positions, but both went high. James McShane was proving hard for the hosts to handle and created several opportunities but Dorking’s finishing wasteful.
On a heavy and bobbly pitch, players were slipping and mistakes looked likely. It was a slip by Travis Cole that led to Wanderers’ best chance of the game, letting Tom Tolfrey through one-on-one, but his low shot struck the legs of Lowestoft keeper Ben Dudzinski.
The penalty came midway through the second half. Dorking veteran Chris Boulter was adjudged, perhaps a little harshly, to have fouled Jake Reed in the box. Reed also took the spot kick, but Huk dived to his left to make a superb stop, before saving once more from Jacek Zielonka’s header as the ball was returned into the box.
As both teams pushed for a late winner, James McShane saw a shot go just over the bar, while a free kick from Lewis Taylor was inches wide of the the post. At the other end, a Lowestoft corner led to a goalmouth scramble with Jerome Beckles heading the ball off the line to ensure the game ended goalless.
“On another day, we might have got more than a point, but we’re now unbeaten in four and in good form for some big games coming up,” reflected Marc White.
Dorking Wanderers are at home to Harlow on Saturday, before hosting star-studded promotion favourites Billericay Town at Westhumble on Tuesday evening.
Dorking Wanderers: Huk, Philpott, Boulter, Ray, Beckles, Taylor, Pearse (Putman 70), Sheridan, Sole (Moore 57), Tolfrey (Chendlik 79), McShane
Unused subs – Hamlin, Beard