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FARNHAM TOWN 2 – 0 DORKING WANDERERS RES
SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2019 - 3.00PM KO
COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
The Reserves travelled away to play high-flying Farnham Town at The Memorial Ground on the second Saturday of October. Coming into the match both teams were in excellent form, with the Reserves winning their last three league matches and Farnham sitting third in the league. In spite of the heavy rain, the pitch was very playable to the credit of the Farnham Town groundsmen. Our team news for this match included a return for Halford who had a ‘Man of the Match’ display in our 0-6 win away to Cove and Dickson took the armband in the absence of captain Jake Downs.
The Reserves created some good chances in the early stages of the game. In an effort to take advantage of the challenging wet conditions, Asante had a long shot that the goalkeeper spilt in the 6th minute. Saczek then came close with a header directly from a free kick in the 10th minute. This early pressure was to result in a big break for the Reserves in the 15th minute of the game. As Asante fired a shot at goal, a handball saw the referee point to the spot. Dickson stepped up for the penalty, which Kerrison saved brilliantly down low to his left hand side.
Farnham then started to create more chances of their own, with opportunities falling to Thomas with a close range effort in the 41st minute after a cushioned header by Corbett from a free kick. Oakley then saw his header go just wide of the goal after an in-swinging corner from Nash. Going into the break, it had been a competitive half of football in challenging conditions and the score was a fair reflection of the game.
Half time – Farnham Town 0 – 0 Dorking Wanderers Reserves
Farnham upped their intensity after half time and this would lead to the opening goal of the game in the 50th minute. As the Reserves attempted one too many passes in the midfield, Farnham stole the ball and Oakley showed great endeavour to race through on goal and finish well.
As the Reserves attempted to bounce back, Dickson had a great chance to equalise in the 60th minute but his shot went just wide after great hold up play by Asante. Moments later, Asante won the first header from a free kick and the ball fell to Cook-Appiah who saw his shot blocked by the Farnham keeper who again stood strong.
The home side would score the next goal of the game in the 82nd minute. With a more direct approach this time, the Reserves failed to deal with a long free kick into our box and the ball fell to Brainchild who smashed the ball home with his right foot. Our closest opportunity to pull a goal back came through new-signing Dougan who had a promising debut. Creating space for himself, Dougan attempted a long shot that had the keeper beaten but not the post in the 85th minute.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for the Reserves this Saturday. However, our management could not fault the effort from the boys. Next Saturday, we travel to Sandhurst Town for what promises to be another tough encounter against the ‘Fizzers’ who have started their season well. Address: Bottom Meadow, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 9BJ. Come and support the boys!
Full Time – Farnham Town 2 – 0 Dorking Wanderers Reserves
Man of the match: Joseph Elbishlawi
Line up: Churchwell, Murphy, Dyson, Saczek, Elbishlawi, Halford, Cook Appiah, O’Connor, Membrillera, Dickson ©, Asante
Subs: Sedgwick, Cunningham Flood, Cunningham, Dougan, Ingold
BEDFONT & FELTHAM 3 – 4 DORKING WANDERERS RES
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2019 - 3.00PM KO
COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
The Reserves travelled to ‘The Orchard’ to play Bedfont and Feltham for our first fixture of a busy October schedule, which features another three league and two cup games. With the ground located besides London Heathrow, it is a unique place to play football with airplanes flying overhead. The pitch was also in great shape, considering the week’s weather and their 3-1 home victory in the league cup on Tuesday evening. When we met last season, we drew 3-3 at Meadowbank and Bedfont and Feltham won the reverse fixture 4-0. Therefore, a big performance was required and it was go be just that.
The opening 20 minutes presented a number of opportunities for both teams. A volley from Hayden went just wide of the post for Bedfont and Feltham in the first minute, after a tricky run from Kelly. Minutes later at the other end, Asante hit the post with a header after a teasing cross from Membrillera. This chance was to give the Reserves momentum in the game, as we began to dominate. The best of our chances fell to Cook Appiah, whose shot was blocked from Windmill in goal after a dinked through ball from Dickson. Credit to Windmill in goal for Bedfont & Feltham who had an excellent afternoon, including stopping a shot from Cook Appiah after a fine solo effort midway through the half.
As we failed to capitalize on this spell, our hosts started to create more chances of their own. Kelly was a threat for Bedfont and Feltham throughout the game, with his pace and trickery on the wing. The home side had a header from a corner cleared off the line by Murphy in the 25th minute, and they would eventually take the lead in the 30th minute through Karanja who latched on to a long ball out from their defence. As we approached half time, the “Yellows” had a great spell. Capon saw his header ruled out for offside in the 35th minute, but he did score three minutes’ later with a header from Collins’ cross.
Half time – Bedfont and Feltham 2 – 0 Dorking Wanderers Reserves
Half Time came at a good time for the Reserves with Bedfont and Feltham firmly on top, and an inspiring team talk needed by Carl Downs. The Reserves responded well and came out determined in the early stages of the second half. Membrillera was fouled inside the box by Windmill in goal in the 50th minute, and Dickson converted the resulting penalty. The home side would score the next goal of the game, as Churchwell punched out from a long throw fell to Bond who finished well. At 3-1 the game could have been over, however, our young ‘Wanderers’ were to stage a great show of resilience to turn the match on its head.
A regrouped Reserves team clawed back their second goal of the game in the 82nd minute, as Saczek headed home an excellent cross from Dyson. There was a huge sense of belief about the Reserves from this point in the game, and this would result in our equalising goal in the 85th minute. Membrillera jumped highest to flick on a long ball from Dyson to Asante, who with his back on goal span brilliantly and beat the goalkeeper. The Reserves did not settle for a point, and continued to press forward. An in-form Schnoengut linked up with Membrillera in the 92nd minute, who headed home to take the spoils.
A day that will live long in the memories of the Reserves, it was a well-deserved victory for the Reserves who have now won three consecutive games in the league. Next weekend the Reserves will hope to continue their fine form, as they travel away to Farnham Town.
Full Time – Bedfont and Feltham 3 – 4 Dorking Wanderers Reserves
Man of the match: George Membrillera
Line up: Churchwell, Murphy, Elbishlawi, Saczek, J. Downs (C), Cunningham Flood, Cook Appiah, O’Connor, Membrillera, Dickson, Asante
Subs: Sedgwick, E. Downs, Dyson, Shoengut, Ingold