Match Report from Pete Crockett
Marine’s visit to Thomas Hardy country was not a happy one. Driving to Dorchester a road accident saw the team coach have to make a significant detour that added an hour to the drive. The match itself saw Marine leave pointless when they probably deserved a draw. This was a harsh outcome for the Marine’s players who gave 100% in stifling heat.
Marine dominated the early exchanges passing the ball with confidence. It was no surprise when they took the lead. Ryan Campbell was set clear by a well weighted pass from Ed Williams - he cut inside from the left flank and hit a firm shot that, with a slight deflection, beat the home keeper.
The remainder of the half was relatively balanced Marine continued to pass the ball slickly, but the home team were starting to get a foothold in the game. Neither side were creating many clear openings and goal mouth incidents were few and far between as both defences dealt relatively easy with the attacking forays of their opponents,
The early stages of the second half continued in a similar vein. Marine’s George Dowling had an effort rustle the side netting from a free kick and the home team saw a Leighton Thomas effort sail wide.
However, Dorchester were beginning to threaten more, and it was not a shock when they equalised. A corner was not fully cleared and the host’s Leighton Thomas, at the back post, struck an unstoppable overhead volley that rocketed into the back of the net. Whilst the execution of the effort was exemplary those of a Marine perspective will have felt that on another day such a spectacular effort could just as just as easily have flown over the stand to nestle under one of the greenwood trees behind the far stand.
Dorchester’s winner came from a spot kick after Mat Liddiard was adjudged to have pulled down Shaq Gwengwe in a tussle in the penalty area. Marine player’s protested that the Dorchester attacker had been vigorously pulling the Marine defender’s shirt as he advanced into the box. The referee, in an incident that occurred not far from the madding crowd of vociferous home supporters, was unmoved. Shaq Gwengwe picked himself up to calmly convert the spot kick.
Marine kept going until the final whistle and it is one of life’s cruelties that when you are struggling little goes your way. Ed Williams sprang the defender’s offside trap, delicately lobbed the advancing keeper, the ball bounced, and after hitting the post it rebounded clear. On such fine margins are points won and lost.
Towards the end of the match some desperate remedies saw the home side look to run the clock down with time-wasting ploys. The worst of these saw a member of the home team bench cynically prevent Marine restarting the game. A fracas resulted that saw a member of each bench red carded.
This result was harsh on Marine, a draw would have been a fair result but, alas, it was not to be.
Manager: Glenn Howes
Colours: Black & White
Line-up: 1. Lloyd Thomas 2. Alfie Saunders (17. Jordan Foot 54’) 3. Oliver Haste 4. Jack Wright 5. Jordan Ngalo (c) 6. Louie Slough 7. Jordan Barnett (22. Callum Buckley 87’) 8. Lewis Waterfield (16. Alex Moyse 60’) 9. Leighton Thomas 10. Shaquille Gwengwe 11. Harvey Joe-Bertrand
Subs not used: 12. Ben Mwaruwari, 15. Ieuan Turner
Goalscorers: Leighton Thomas 62’, Shaquille Gwengwe 72’pen
Leighton Thomas 41’, Louie Slough 53’, Harvey Joe-Bertrand 87’, Alex Moyse 63’
Caretaker Managers: Rhys Evans & Jamie Edge Colours: Blue & White Hoops
Line-up: 1. Louis Evans 2. Sam Turl 3. Liban Ibrahim (12. Jake Andrews 80’) 4. Jamie Edge (c) 5. Malik Sesay 6. Mat Liddiard 7. Henry Spalding (15. Levi Irving 72’) 8. George Dowling (14. Joe Tumelty 78’) 9. Zack Kotwica 10. Ed Williams 11. Ryan Campbell
Subs not used: 13. Charlie Searle
Goalscorers: Ryan Campbell 10’
George Dowling 19’, Jamie Edge 80’
Courtesy of Alex White Photography
Post Match Team Sheet
Referee: Jacob Wright
Assistant Referees: Adrian Knight, Tom Farr