Flood strikes again for Dorchester
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CHRIS Flood made it two goals in as many games as Dorchester Town earned another impressive result against Npower League One opposition.
Last night’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City may not have been as emphatic as Wednesday’s 4-1 win over a Yeovil Town XI, but the Magpies produced another encouraging display against higher-ranked visitors.
Boss Ashley Vickers said: “It was a real test for us as teams like Exeter try and play, and it was a great workout for us because if we press like that in our league we will get the ball back a lot easier.
“I thought we more than held our own and there were some really positive performances again. I’m really pleased with how things are going as there is a great feel around the club.”
Vickers also had a first viewing of former Weymouth defender Matt Oldring and ex-Southampton Academy full-back Ben Martin.
Discussing the two trialists, the 40-year-old added: “I thought Matt did everything right. I don’t know too much about Ben but they will both play at Bridport (today, 4pm) and the opportunity is there.”
Once again the Magpies were unfazed by their League One opponents and again they took the lead.
Skipper Mark Jermyn won possession in the middle of the park before playing in Flood, who then rolled the ball under the advancing Artur Krysiak with 20 minutes played.
The Grecians almost found an immediate leveller but Guillem Bauza’s header was well saved by home keeper Simon Evans.
The second half began with just two players remaining from the 22 that started proceedings. And the first opportunity fell to the visitors – Daniel Nardiello thwarted by Dan Thomas at the near post.
The same man was not to be denied a second time and he equalised in the 69th minute after gathering a sublime pass from James Dunne.
Exeter’s Tom Nichols and Dorchester’s Ryan Moss and Gary Bowles all went close to winning the game in the final five minutes but it ended all square.
Magpies (first half): Evans, Bell, N Martin, Jermyn, Walker, Critchell, Coutts, Gleeson, Dickenson, Flood, Devlin.
Magpies (second half): Thomas, Bell (B Martin 64), Peprah-Annan, Symes, Bowles, Critchell (Oldring 64), Crittenden, Dovell, Moss, Wilson, McKechnie.
Grecians (first half): Krysiak, Furzer, Jones, Dawson, Archibald-Henville, Duffy, Shephard, Noble, Bauza, Frear, Logan.
Grecians (second half): Pidgeley, Tully, Dunne (Gosling 83), Coles (Ingham 63), Keane, Golbourne, Sercombe, Bennett, Nardiello, McNish, Nichols.