Back to winning ways
By Gary Brigden
Darren Salmon and Donny Rennalls hand the reigns for the Southern Combination Challenge Cup quarter final tie to U23 management partnership of Tyler Chambers and Jason Stephens. A few older heads remained from the side that had lost to AFC Hayes at the we
It was a cagey start to the match with neither side making any significant inroads against their opponents, but we opened the scoring on ten minutes. A lung busting run on the left by Jevontae Hylton saw his low cross was picked up by Phil Page and he set up Jake Connaris who opened the scoring (ten minutes into his debut).
Dorking responded positively, and good work by the centre forward ended with a low shot being deflected behind. In truth the game was fairly stagnant with both sides have a reasonable amount of possession, but without really hurting their opponents.
Mason Seagroatt went close on 32 minutes when his shot from the edge of the area was well blocked by the Dorking defender, and shortly after Page almost picked out man of the match Kyle Henry at the back post, but he was just unable to turn his shot goalwards.
Page and the Dorking defender both went into the book on 36 minutes, after an altercation at a corner. We increased our lead on 41 minutes when great work on the right by Henry saw his low cross half cleared, but only to Page who hammered the ball beyond the keeper for 2-0.
And just before the break Henry was again involved, this time tormenting the defending and delivering a pinpoint cross to Ben Senior who guided the ball home.
We effectively sealed the game two minutes into the second half, Page did well to force a corner, and from Henry's delivery Seagroatt thundered through several defenders to head home his first for the club.
Dorking Wanderers responded positively, and a minute later a flighted free kick suckered Ollie Ellaway into coming for the ball, but the forward got up just in front of him to head home.
Seagroatt went into the book on 50 minutes for a foul. Dorking went close again on 55 minutes when a curled effort went just wide of Ellaways left hand post.
Matt Farrell bought a good save out of the keeper on the hour, and on 62 minutes we increased our lead to 5-1. Henry played the ball into the area, it was half cleared to Farrell, headed back across goal by Guy Baskerville, Connaris saw his shot blocked and Seagroatt reacted quickest to force the loose ball home.
Page and Connaris made way with just over twenty minutes remaining, being replaced by Felipe Melgaco and Daryl Cooper-Smith. Melgaco and Seagroatt did superbly on 70 minutes, with the former crashing his effort against the post and from the rebound Farrell saw his shot deflected, bringing a stunning save out of the keeper.
It was 6-1 on 77 minutes, a launched ball forward by Ellaway beat the backline and found Henry who calmly squared to Melgaco who rolled the ball home.
Scoring was completed late on when Seagroatt glided by a couple of player and squared to Cooper-Smith who fired home for 7-1.