Match Data 2008/2009
Havant & Waterlooville 1
Shaun Wilkinson (Martin, 63)
Paul Booth (Watkins, 76)
Mitch Nicholson (Fogden, 81)
Roy O Brien
Dorchester Town leapfrog the Hawks in the Blue Square South table tonight after the Magpies took all three points in the battle between the struggling sides. Jamie Gleeson’s sixth minute strike put the Magpies ahead from the start, and when Jamie Mudge fired home from the edge of the box three minutes from the break, the Hawks faced the prospect of yet another league defeat.
Brett Poate sparked the side back into life when his 81st minute free kick scaled the Dorchester wall to go in at the top corner, but with just two from the last 27, the Hawks’quest for points goes on.
Injury to Jay Gasson during a midweek training session meant that Brett Poate filled in at left back, and Shaun Wilkinson came into the midfield. Recent signing Robbie Martin’s appearance on the bench preceded a quiet debut later in the game.
Dorchester’s quickly taken lead came after a bright opening for the Hawks in which Jay Conroy’s free kick was head wide by Gary Elphick. But a free kick, given to resounding cries from the stand while Wilkinson for once genuinely stood oblivious to why it had been given against him, left Nick Crittenden to curl the ball over the box. Nathan Peprah-Annan chested it down, and although it caught GLEESON off balance, he got enough on the ball to poke it into the bottom corner.
A similar move at the other end saw Poate loft the ball in for Elphick to head down, but Paul Booth couldn’t angle in a shot. Seconds later a Charlie Henry corner skimmed out of play over Ian Simpemba at the back post.
25 minutes in Booth dragged forward Gary Holloway’s through ball and took it through the defence to hurriedly fire a shot that went wide of the post. Booth then crossed accurately for Robbie Matthews, arriving at the back of the box, but Kevin Hill head the ball clear in the air.
MUDGE’s low hard shot was caught by Scriven on the deck before the former Tiverton Town striker sent home Dorchester’s second when he was left unchecked 18 yards out. His stubbed effort flicked up over Scriven’s dive.
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Dorchester Town 2
Poate and Wilkinson swapped roles after the restart and a burst of activity put Dorchester briefly under pressure. Mark Jermyn managed to block a vicious shot from Booth, and Poate curled in a cross that Simpemba head down for Elphick to draw a save from Gareth Stewart.
As the number of cautions given rose through the half, the Hawks looked most dominant attacking from a series of free kicks. Time and again Poate looped the ball into the box, but a final touch eluded the hosts.
Dorchester were unlucky not to secure a third goal when Mudge saw a free kick returned to him 40 yards out. His second attempt sailed through an empty box heading under the bar but Scriven was quick to palm the effort over.
Collins scuffed a shot when put through by Jay Conroy, and hard working Charlie Henry, determined throughout the game to score against his former club, came close when he fought his way to the line with a pass from Matthews - only to see his narrow angled shot turned round the post.
Nine minutes from the end the failing Hawks exploded back into life when POATE wheeled away, finger in the air, after launching a brilliant free kick over the Magpies’ wall from 30 yards that beat Stewart to the top corner.
But despite further efforts from Collins and substitute Craig Watkins, the Hawks once again fell to defeat at home.