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MAGPIES: Dorchester pay the penalty at Staines
1:27pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
STAINES 1 DORCHESTER 0
DORCHESTER Town lost at Wheatsheaf Park on the opening day of the season for the third time in five years on Saturday.
Their hoodoo struck again as Louie Theophanous converted from the spot midway through the second half after a foul by Magpies’ keeper Tim Sander-combe.
The visitors will feel they deserved at least a point from the Skrill South clash but in the end it was their own poor finishing that saw them leave empty-handed.
Skipper Mark Jermyn was back for the Magpies after recovering from a knee injury while Sandercombe and Jamie Beasley made their first competitive starts for the club.
Jermyn and his defence needed to be alert to get bodies in the way of efforts from Louis-Rae Beadle and Oluwole Akinsanya early on before the Dorchester captain was cautioned for a foul.
Dorchester found their feet and were in the ascendancy when Staines keeper Jack Turner pulled off a fantastic save, somehow managing to claw a Ben Watson strike from less than six yards over the bar following a low cross by Elliott Ward.
Beasley then grazed Turner’s crossbar after being found by Lewis Morgan on the half-hour and just a few minutes later the visitors spurned a glorious chance to take the lead.
A 39th-minute foul by Beadle saw him become the second name in the referee’s notebook and shortly before the break the same player saw a drive pushed around the post by Sandercombe.
The second half started more slowly than the first, although the visitors had a penalty claim waved away after a frustrated Watson went down in the box.
Staines were revitalised by a double substitution just before the hour mark, the experience of Scott Taylor and exuberance of Dan Brown replacing young Akinsanya and Troy Ferguson.
The first major action after the changes, though, saw Dorchester mount a three-pronged attack with Crittenden weaving into the box only to be denied by Turner blocking with his knees.
Beasley’s follow-up effort was blocked and then Crittenden slashed the rebound across the face of goal.
But it was substitute Dan Brown’s work-rate that proved the key to this match and when he chased what appeared to be a lost cause into the box, Sander-combe’s clumsy challenge on the Staines man resulted in the referee pointing to the spot and booking the keeper.
After some delay, Theophanous fired in for what proved to be the winner.
Max Worsfold almost added to Sandercombe’s misery two minutes later when a long-range free-kick was allowed to bounce near the penalty spot and just over the bar.
Dorchester introduced on-loan Brandon Goodship for the hard-working Beasley and moments later Staines captain Lewis Ferrell was cautioned for a foul.
The game really opened up in the final 10 minutes and Jordaan Brown might have sewn it up for the home side if he could have kept his header down.
Charlie Clough was immense at the heart of the visitors’ defence and he had to be at his best to deny the charging Beadle and then, seconds later, did the same to Dan Brown. Magpies’ boss Phil Simkin introduced Lewy Black-more and Steve Walker late on and with Clough being pushed up front it was all hands to the pump for Staines.
However, the Swans went close when Beadle’s diving header hit the outside of Sandercombe’s post, while back at the other end Jerel Ifil made two saving tackles to deny the visitors.
Staines: Turner, Ferrell, Wors-fold, Johnson, J Brown, Ifil, Akin-sanya (D Brown 58), Ferguson (Taylor 58), Theophanous, Beadle, Lodge. Subs not used: Merson, Felix, Harman.
Magpies: Sandercombe, Green, Martin, Jermyn, Clough, Morgan, Crittenden (Blackmore 84), Glee-son, Watson, Ward (Walker 84), Beasley (Goodship 72). Subs not used: Ramaday, Walker-Harris Attendance: 328