EASTER WEEKEND SUMMARY
Maximum bank holiday points for in-form Wanderers
Posted: 18th April 2017
A comfortable home win on Saturday versus Hythe Town was followed up with an excellent away win at Guernsey on Easter Monday to give Wanderers maximum points and continue to heap pressure on title rivals Tooting & Mitcham.
Tooting themselves took 4 points from 6 over the bank holiday period to leave Wanderers the uphill task of needing a home win by 5 clear goals against Tooting on the last day of the season this Saturday to lift the title, or face the prospect of entering the play offs despite a mammoth points total of over 100 points (currently 102).
A goal from the Wanderers magic man James McShane was enough to dispose of Hythe on a difficult summer Westhumble pitch, before Wanderers headed to Guernsey for their final away fixture of the campaign on Easter Monday. A Matt Briggs brace and goals from Gareth Chendlik and (again) James McShane saw the away side race into a four goal lead in the Channel Islands in a game that would eventually finish 4-2, much to the disappointment of Wanderers first Team Manager Marc White, who said:
“We had done everything perfectly on the day and at 4 up with 30 to play we had a real opportunity to heap huge pressure on our rivals, however I felt that some of the players failed to recognise what a chance they had. That said, it would be unfair of me to meta criticise a team that have amassed 102 points and secured at least league runners up for the second year running. Having only been in the league for two seasons, it's a remarkable performance from all involved”.
White continued: “I'm going to get asked several times before Saturday ‘can it be done' and the answer is 'of course it can'. However, the task is extremely difficult and we’re as likely to lose the game. A team winning by 5 goals is not impossible and the players that get chosen will have a chance to create history. That said, the Management teams task of choosing the team to play on Saturday with a more than likely play-off game on Tuesday at home to Hastings is an incredibly difficult decision”.
DORKING WANDERERS FINAL LEAGUE GAME, AND POTENTIAL PLAY-OFF FIXTURES, WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
SATURDAY 22nd APRIL, RYMAN DIVISION ONE SOUTH
HOME vs TOOTING (3PM)
TUESDAY 25th APRIL, PLAY OFF SEMI FINAL
HOME vs HASTINGS UTD (7.45PM)
SATURDAY 29th APRIL, PLAY OFF FINAL
HOME vs GREENWICH BOROUGH or CORINTHIAN CASUALS (3PM)
Pictured: Dorking Wanderers goal scorer James McShane in action against Hythe Town on Saturday.
Picture courtsey of Steve O'Sullivan