5:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013
DORCHESTER TOWN RESERVES 2 WIMBORNE TOWN RESERVES 0
WILL Gape and Jamie Symes were both on target for Dorchester Town Reserves as they moved through to the final of the Wyvern Challenge Cup.
Gape grabbed his first-ever goal for the club by finishing off a sensational team move before Symes added the second from the spot following a foul on Alex Godfrey.
To their credit, Wimborne fought hard throughout but they were unable to breach the home defence and were perhaps fortunate not to concede more with Symes also hitting the crossbar, and Godfrey and Milo Shackleford both seeing efforts fly agonisingly wide.
Dorchester boss Dave Kiteley told Echo-sport: “It was a good game considering the conditions.
“The pitch was very heavy, which was understandable, but both sides had young teams out and it was quite refreshing to watch.
“Both sets of players tried to get it down and play and our opener in the first 10 minutes was one of the best footballing goals I have seen at the Avenue Stadium in the year and a half I have been there.
“It must have been an eight-or-nine man move. Danny Way and Jamie Symes knocked it around to each other before the ball then got worked across the back four to the right where Aston Butcher found Milo Shackleford.
“Milo then linked up with Alex Godfrey before sending the ball across the box to Will Gape, who beat a defender, dummied their keeper and then rolled the ball into the empty net.
“It was actually Will’s first goal for the club and I was absolutely delighted for him.
“He has had a fantastic season and all his hard work really is beginning to really pay off now. It’s just a shame we are going to lose him now for a month due to a minor operation because he has become a big player for us.”
Kiteley went on to add: “It was pretty much end to end after that but we limited them to very few chances.
“Our decision making across the back four was spot on and as a result Jordan Tewkesbury was rarely troubled.
“We then got the second seven minutes into the second half when good work in the box saw Alex go down. I think there was contact but it is one of those some referees give while others don’t.
“Jamie stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick and after that we could have got on to get a couple more.
“Overall, on chances created, I think we deserved it and it is great these young lads now have a final to look forward to.
“Finals are always special and as a club we will try to make it as enjoyable for them as possible.”
Kiteley’s men were scheduled to be back in league action tonight at Moneyfields but the wet weather has curtailed that game.
Magpies: Tewkesbury, Butcher, Way, Brooks, Shingler, Peart, Shackleford, Gape, Tennant, Godfrey, Symes. Subs not used: Floyd, Vallier, Wash, Diment.
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