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DORKING WANDERERS RESERVES 0 – 1 FLEET SPURS
SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2019 - 3:00PM KO
COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
The Reserves welcomed Fleet Spurs to the Meadowbank Stadium on the third match day of the season. Our visitors had been in fine form, winning both of their first two matches of the season. However, the management team of the Reserves were in a buoyant mood as they faced the biggest selection headache of the season so far. The competition for places in the starting line-up was high, especially as the team welcomed promising youngster James Dickson.
Scoring within the first 10 minutes in each of their first two matches of the season, the Reserves again started energetically. Jake Downs, who impressed throughout in a back line that was unchanged from our previous match, missed with a header from a corner. Whilst, Dickson found himself through on goal soon after and perhaps should have gone alone for goal rather than attempting a generous pass to his teammate. Andre Smith, the no.9 for Fleet Spurs began to pull the strings up front for our visitors and he would act as our visitor’s biggest attacking threat.
The Reserves came close again on 25 minutes with a wonderful control and volley by O’Connor, before Asante hit the post with a great turn and shot on 30 minutes. Such chances demonstrated the creativity of the young wanderers and those watching the match rightly applauded them. It had been an impressive half for the Reserves, arguably our best of the season, yet the vital first goal of the match was still to come.
Half time - Dorking Wanderers Reserves 0 – 0 Fleet Spurs
The Reserves started the second half strongly with Sedgwick heading over from close range in the 55th minute. Membrillera and new signing Cook-Appiah, would shortly enter the field to add a new test for the resolute Fleet Spurs defence. In the 73rd minute, the best chance of the match was to come to the Reserves. Membrillera fouled inside the box, had the opportunity to step up for penalty. The goalkeeper of the visitors saved well down to his right hand side in the latest of key chances for the Reserves. The match then became very open, with both sides having opportunities to score. However, Fleet Spurs would take the lead in the 81st minute with a goal that resulted from a corner. Nasir unleashed a rocket of a shot into the top corner, out of reach of Churchwell in goal. The Reserves battled hard to score an equaliser in the final minutes of the match, but Fleet Spurs stood strong to the test and held on to their narrowest of leads.
Counting themselves unlucky to be on the losing side, the young players of the Reserves finished the match ruing their missed chances. Well done to Fleet Spurs, who remain unbeaten in the Combined Counties League Division One. Next up, the Reserves will face Chessington and Hook United at the Meadowbank Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday with an 11.30am kick off.
Full Time - Dorking Wanderers Reserves 0 – 1 Fleet Spurs
Man of the match: Jake Downs
Line up: Churchwell, Elbishlawi, Crunden-Jones, Saczek, J. Downs (C), E. Downs, Dyson, O’Connor, Sedgwick, Dickson, Asante
Subs: Steer, Membrillera, Cook Appiah, Cunningham Flood, Cunningham