Tuesday 22nd December 2020
Tim and Steve were at The Greene King IPA Stadium for Tuesday evenings friendly between Southern League Premier Division Dorchester Town and Wessex Premier League Christchurch who earlier this season knocked the hosts out of the Emirates FA Cup 2-1 (OG 47′ Harvey Wright 88′) (Blair 7′).
The hosts, Dorchester Town have made several changes to their line up since that match back in September. However, a 10 men Magpies rallied round after going in level at the break, Callum Watts slotted home the winner with 1 minute left on the clock in a very entertaining friendly.
Torquay loanee Olaf Koszela tricked his way to find space by the byline powering a shot past Lewis Gunstone-Gray in the 10th minute to open the scoring. Christchurch hit back in less than a minute from a corner, nobody marking Max Wilcock at the back post, his header sneaked over the line to bring it all back level.
There was some great play from Magpies’ trialist – Callum Watts together withTom Bath and Koszela who until his sending off was the Magpies’ outstanding player of the match. Sam Bayston and Ash Wells were constantly in the thick of things. The Torquay loanee found the net in the 22nd minute for his and the Magpies’ second of the evening.
For the second time, Christchurch who didn’t look at all out of depth against their Southern League counterparts, hit back to level from a quick break, Emmanuel Ohameje found ample room, into the box from the right and a powerful shot went into the roof of the net from around 10 yards. What a first half that was!
From the break in the 56th minute, Koszela received a straight red card after his studs, not malicious at all made contact with Mickey Finch’s ankle. Several substitutions for each side followed giving valuable match time (apologies if players are in the wrong number we had no team sheets to work from). Gunstone-Gray kept his teammates in the match with some fine saves to deny the Magpies’. Although going down to 10 men the Magpies’ battled hard and had the larger share of the play during the latter part of the half with Christchurch trying as hard as they could but found 10 men a different proposition.
With the match edging ever closer to a 2-2 draw, the host were playing long balls and high balls whereas the visitors, unaccustomed to playing on an artificial surface were playing more of a passing game. Watts was fouled on the edge of the area, the man himself elected to take the free-kick which he drove hard and low under the wall finding the far corner in the 88th minute, would this be the match-winner? Yes, it certainly was with just a minute left on the clock, referee Ben Cook wasn’t too interested in adding much time.
RadioSportsLive has one more match left to cover this year, this is the FA Vase 3rd Round match between Christchurch and Falmouth Town this Sunday, kick-off 3 pm. Tune in to Tim Allan and Steve White live from 2.30 pm on stream 1 to see if Ollie’s boys can continue the cup run and bounce back from this friendly defeat.
All that we have left to say tonight is have yourselves a safe and Merry Christmas, thank you all.
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RESULT: 3-2 (Koszela 10′ 22′ Watts 89′) (Wilcock 11′ Ohameje 31′)
Dorchester Town: Lowes replaced Burns 59′ Torniainen replaced Hanger 66′ Thomas replaced Bayston 69′ Davidson replaced Dunstan 74′
Christchurch: Fletcher replaced? 45′ Ansell replaced? 45′ Johnstone replaced Finch (injured) 19? replaced Pope 73′