Dorchester 5-3 Winchester City
Well that was entertaining!! Playing against a step 3 side who fancy themselves to do well this year, on their 3G, also they had publicly said that they were treating it like a league game as it’s their last one before the start, so it was likely to be tough however the display was fantastic, the 5-3 defeat scoreline doesn’t tell a full story, although as always results are fairly irrelevant generally to me, it’s about learning something and we got plenty today.
We had no Oli Bailey or Keith Emmerson today, other than that we were full strength. They play the ball around at the back and then launch it to their big CF Bath and we dealt with that well, however they were very dangerous from corners and free kicks and scored from 3 of them!! We played a very good brand of football and worked 2 very good goals and a set piece of our own. We went 1-0 up through Olly Balmer , then 2-1 down... then scored 2 from Danny King in his slightly more advanced role we are asking him to do. Then 3-2 up through Kieran Douglas and that was half time score.
Second half the game changed on a moment of madness from their 7 and the referee!! Baz fouled their player and he lashed out at Baz and a melee insued, Their player was sent off as was jamie for apparently punching which is a nonsense! So in changing things around they equalised! 3-3! After that we made a host of subs and ended the game with 18/18/16/17/19/19/19 year olds and they scored 2 later on in the game and we lost 5-3, however so many positives to take from it!
Thanks to Dorchester for the game and all the best to them.. for us a bit more tweaking to do in last 2 tough games ahead starting with Blackfield on Tuesday!
Roll on 2 weeks time!!
Up the citizens