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Metropolitan Police 4 Dorking Wanderers 1
Posted: 3rd October 2017
NO CRISIS DESPITE 4-1 DEFEAT
Wanderers fell to a third straight defeat at Imber Court to a score line which more than flattered Met Police. The struggle with injuries continues, and it would appear that lady luck is not on Wanderers side. This was another game where Dorking dominated large parts of it, but not able to make it count. Yet again the opposition goalkeeper had an outstanding match and kept his team in the game when Wanderers looked likely to get back into the match after the early setback.
Tom Tolfrey missed an early chance which he would normally bury comfortably, and after 17 minutes Lloyd Macklin put the home side ahead with a great strike. A further blow for Wanderers was the sight of Luke Moore leaving the field early with a hamstring problem. He was replaced by Giuseppe Sole. After half an hour, Jonny Wright scored the first of his brace to put Met Police two up at half time.
Good work by Matt Briggs set up James McShane early into the second half who scored a delightful goal. Wanderers looked threatening and half time substitute Gareth Chendlik came close with a great header. More quality goalkeeping from Luke Williams kept Wanderers at bay and the home side increased their lead after 72 mins when Wright got his second. Despite this setback Wanderers kept playing their football and pushing to get back into the game, but of course the risk was always there of a counter and in the very last minute Callum Kealy netted a fourth goal.
The referee sent off Matt Briggs, somewhat controversially, and also missed a blatant push in the back on Chris Boulter which should have been a penalty.
After the match well respected Met Police manager Jim Cooper complimented Dorking Wanderers on their play, saying that despite the score they were the best team he has faced all season.
Manager Marc White commented: “We are having a run of bad luck without doubt, losing games where we dominate large parts but are not taking our chances. Our injury crisis began with Slav Huk breaking a bone in his hand, and has not eased with the problems with Luke Moore and Robb Sheridan, Ben Dyett and we are of course still missing Antony Oaks. Our last three games have been frustrating, facing goalkeepers in great form”.
White continued, “Once again our away support was absolutely fantastic, and we look forward to that continuing as we travel again to Merstham on Saturday”.
Dorking Wanderers: Palmer, Philpott, Boulter, Hamlin, Beckles, Pearse, Moore (Sole 14’), Briggs, Beard (Summerfield 65’), Tolfrey (Chendlik 45’), McShane.