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Injury woes mar Magpies' triumph
DORCHESTER RESERVES 3
PORTCHESTER RESERVES 0
DORCHESTER secured back-to-back 3-0 victories in the Wyvern Premier League but lost four players to injury on a bittersweet night for boss Dave Kiteley.
First-half goals from Alex Godfrey, Josh Tennant and Danny Way put the Magpies in control and despite the visitors rallying in the second period they could find no way through.
But even though he was delighted with another impressive display, Kiteley was more concerned with the welfare of his crocked players – Dorchester saw out the last 25 minutes with 10 men after using all their substitutes.
Defender George Kimber and keeper Dan Floyd were both substituted during the interval, the former because of a calf strain and the latter due to a back spasm, then five minutes into the second half, right-back Adam Taylor pulled a hamstring.
With 65 minutes gone, midfielder Jack Twyford fell awkwardly on his ankle and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
“Unfortunately, this win came at a price,” said Kiteley. “We suffered as many injuries in one game as we’ve had over the last season and a half.
“We took George off as a precaution and Dan had a back spasm then Adam did his hamstring and it looks quite nasty because he pulled up straight away.
“Then Jack went down on his ankle and we had to show a lot of discipline to see the game out, which is testament to the players who displayed a lot of maturity.”
He added: “It might be a bit of a risk to play George today at Bemerton Heath Harlequins and it looks like Adam could be out for a month.
“Our physio said Jack’s ankle didn’t look very good and if it’s ligament damage it could be a month or even longer.”
Magpies: Floyd (Tewkesbury 45), Taylor (Butcher 50), Kimber (Shingler 45), Brooks, Walker, Peart, Twyford, Gape, Tennant, Godfrey, Way. Sub not used: Vallier