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Dorking Wanderers 5 Ware 0

Posted: 28th October 2017

(Pics courtesy of Steve O’Sullivan)

Dorking Wanderers ensured two cup wins in a week, brushing aside Ware to move into the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy. But manager Marc White says he’ll be looking for even more from his team if they’re to turn cup success into good league form.


Having put four goals past Walton Casuals in the midweek Surrey Senior Cup fixture, Dorking went one better as they continued to enjoy cup ties against Bostik Division One sides – although the score could have been even higher if Wanderers had made the most of their chances.


With Matt Briggs looking lively on his return from injury and suspension, it took just 11 minutes for the home side to break the lower league visitors’ resistance. A 20-yard drive by Briggs was parried by Ware keeper Thomas Coulton and Giuseppe Sole was first to the loose ball just outside the six yard box, rifling it low across the keeper into the far right hand corner.


With Luke Moore and Lewis Taylor busily controlling midfield, Dorking played in the Ware half. A shot from Briggs fizzed across goal and just wide of the far post, and Sole got his head to a good ball in from the left but couldn’t quite direct his shot on target.


With the first half winding down, Ware showed that one goal might not be enough to settle the tie when Elliot Charles turned the ball into the Wanderers’ net from an offside position, but Dorking responded by immediately going up the other end and doubling the lead. Tom Tolfrey drove the ball in from the left which was turned into his own net by a Ware defender, under pressure from Sole, sliding in on goal.


There was a chance to put the result beyond doubt ten minutes into the second half as Briggs was brought down in the box by Coulton. Despite regular penalty takers Tolfrey and Sole being on the pitch, it was Briggs himself who stepped up for the spot kick, only to blaze the ball high over the bar.


The winger made amends on 63 minutes when sheer determination saw him win the ball in the centre circle and push it past two defenders before running through on goal. Coulton did well, coming out to block a fierce first strike, but Briggs reacted quickly to return the rebound, left-footed, into the empty net for a 3-0 lead.


Good chances followed for Sole, firstly as a superb right foot volley on the edge of the box shook the cross bar, and then as he poked a shot just wide of the near post, after being put through one-on-one by Lewis Taylor’s ball over the top of the defence.


It fell to substitute Gareth Chendlik to put the gloss on the final score line. A first time shot by Sam Beard was parried by Coulton, looping up high for Chendlik to tap into the net for 4-0.


And, in added time, the striker wrapped up an impressive cameo by collecting the ball on the half way line and breaking free. Coulton came out well to narrow the angle and got a hand to the shot, but couldn’t prevent it from slipping behind him and into the net.


Despite the final score, Marc White says his team has much more to do if they’re to put a good run together in their inaugural Bostik Premier League season.


“The two comprehensive cup wins against Division One teams just emphasise the step up we’ve got to make to compete in the Premier. We’ve won comfortably with fairly drab performances and with players retuning from injury clearly lacking match fitness, but we need the team to be sharper and more clinical when we get back to the league if we’re going to start pushing up the table,” he said.


Dorking return to league action next Saturday with a visit to Folkestone, when first team regulars Robb Sheridan, James McShane and Jerome Beckles are expected to be back in contention, giving White a nearly full squad to choose from.



Dorking FC:  Pelling, Philpot (Hamlin 57), Boulter, Ray. Pearse (Summerfield 57), Taylor, Moore, Briggs, Sole, Tolfrey (Chendlik 76), Beard

Subs not used – Wells, Pinnock


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