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Margate 1 Dorking Wanderers 0
Posted: 28th August 2017
Manager Marc White was left ruing the narrow margins of the Bostik Premier Division, after his Dorking Wanderers side slipped to a third defeat by just a single goal.
In the Bank Holiday sun, both sides lacked pace. “We should have reacted to that and taken the game to Margate from the off,” White said. Instead, it was the Kent side who started the brightest.
Early on, Jordan Chiedozie shot low and Wanderers’ keeper Harry Palmer was down swiftly to meet the ball. Then Frankie Collin had a first time strike just wide of the post, before Chiedozie shot again - this time straight at Palmer.
At the other end, James McShane had the ball nicked off his toe just as he was about to pull the trigger, but Dorking had to wait until the 35th minute for a first attempt on target. Dan Pearse spread the ball out wide to Briggs, who accelerated into the box and saw his shot at the near post well blocked by Margate’s keeper, Lenny Pidgeley.
“We didn't work enough chances and, on the balance of play, Margate might feel they should have gone ahead in the first half,” said Marc White. “But most of their chances came from free kicks and we defended those dead ball situations well.”
At the break, the Wanderers’ boss told his team to avoid giving away free kicks and, as the game became more free flowing, Dorking began to take control. A burst of pace by Tom Summerfield gave him space to whip in a low cross which Pidgeley blocked into the path of Tom Tolfrey. But the striker wouldn't have known much about it as the ball hit his shin at point blank range and glanced just past the near post.
A Giuseppe Sole free kick was pushed over the bar by the ex-Chelsea keeper Pidgeley and, from the corner, Rob Sheridan ran on to the ball to power a header against the underside of the cross bar.
So it was against the run of play that Margate took the lead. Orlando Smith was given too much space on the right and drifted past two defenders before driving a cross for Chiedozie to turn in at the far post.
Despite a third defeat in five games Dorking Wanderers looked competitive at Bostik Premier League level and White remains confident.
“We have players to come back from injury and we’re blending in new players. We’re unbeaten at home and have only lost by the odd goal this season,” he said. “Over the course of the whole game at Margate, there was little between the teams and if Sheridan’s header is two inches lower and goes in, we probably would have won the game.”
Dorking Wanderers now take a break from league action to play Worthing in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, next Saturday at Westhumble.
Dorking Wanderers: Palmer, Sheridan, Summerfield, Hamlin, Ray, Pearse, Beckles (O’Neil 71), Briggs, Sole, Tolfrey (Chendlik 90), McShane
Unused subs: Philpot, Morgan, Boulter