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Magpies soar to fifth Wyvern win
FLEET TOWN RESERVES 0 DORCHESTER TOWN RESERVES 3
DORCHESTER Town Reserves let out their frustrations of the last few months to claim a fifth Wyvern Premier League win of the season with Alex Godfrey netting twice at Calthorpe Park.
Having only completed one game since late October prior to kick-off Dave Kiteley’s men impressed their manager and ended up comfortable winners against the league’s bottom side.
They went 1-0 up after 10 minutes when good work down the left by George Kimber and Dan Way ended with Godfrey showing unerring instinct and composure to finish with aplomb.
As expected there was a response from the hosts and keeper Dan Floyd made a crucial save before Godfrey struck the woodwork.
Playing down the slope in the second half, the Magpies enjoyed long periods of possession in the Fleet half and Godfrey added a second, curling a shot into the top corner having been found by Josh Tennant.
Way was unlucky not to make it 3-0 when he hit the post then the bar but Tennant did get a third goal, using his strength and power to shrug off the defence and lob a through ball over the Fleet keeper.
“Considering we took quite a young side and they are a physical team I was very pleased with the performance,” said Kiteley. “We drew 4-4 with them last season and got bullied a little bit.
“About half the team playing in that game played in this one and we stood up to them this time. “That shows what 12 months can do playing at a senior level.
“There were some good individual performances too from the likes of Liam Shingler, who has played at left-back for us before but I needed to play centre-half.
“He’s only 16 but him and Calvin Brooks look a good pairing as do Will Gape and Dan Peart. Dan Way was fabulous and ran non-stop for 90 minutes.
“We got a lot of frustration out and where in the first half we tried to get a second goal too quickly, in the second half we earned the right to play football which is what you need to do.”
It was nice for Kiteley to see his side play a full 90 minutes after their last game against Winchester City was abandoned with them leading 3-0.
Dorchester moved up two places to ninth in the table with the win and are back at the Avenue next Wednesday when they take on AFC Portchester.
Magpies: Floyd, Taylor, Kimber, Brooks, Shingler, Peart (Vallier 70), Twyford (Shackleford 75), Gape, Tennant, Godfrey, Way.