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FOOTBALL: Magpies live match updates
Updated 4:59pm Saturday 15th February 2014 in Football
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- With the bad weather causing havoc with the football programme today, the Magpies take centre stage as one of the few games on this afternoon.
- Skrill South leaders Bromley are in town, looking to extend their handsome advantage at the top of the table, while Dorchester are trying to pull off a shock win and move off the bottom.
- Get involved with today's game by tweeting your thoughts using #wearedorch.
Magpies 3 Bromley 2
That's it! The Magpies have done it!
A huge cheer greets the final whistle as the Magpies celebrate a 3-2 win over the league leaders.
Is this the start of the run that could get Dorchester out of the relegation zone?
Magpies 3 Bromley 2
Don't fear, Jamie Gleeson is here.
Gleeson slots in a Losasso cross to put Dorchester back in the lead in the 90th minute.
What an end to this game!
Magpies 2 Bromley 2
Heartache for the Magpies as Bromley equalise through Louis Dennis.
Magpies 2 Bromley 1
It's going to nervy last eight minutes for the Mgapies as Jay May shoots left-footed past Walker-Harris to halve the deficit.
A crowd of 417 has been announced for today's game, double that was here on Tuesday night.
There's a healthy contingent of Bromley fans.
67mins gone and Bromley have made a double substitution with captain Swaine and Waldren being replaced by Nic McDonnell and Ali Fuseini.
Mark Jermyn booked for a foul on Goldberg on 53 minutes.
Magpies 2 Bromley 0
Six minutes into the second half and another debutant, Ashley Yeoman, has doubled the Magpies' lead.
Smeeton played a low ball to the back post and Yeoman finished well from an angle.
The sun is out for the start of the second half as Magpies kick-off.
Elliott Buchanan is on for Joseph-Dubois for the visitors.
Magpies 1 Bromley 0
If the Magpies play in the second half like they did in the first then the three points are very much there for the taking.
But how much energy have they used up in getting into a winning position at the break?
And how much of an effect will the pitch have on their fitness levels as the games goes on?
So far, so good though.
Magpies 1 Bromley 0
Just a couple of minutes before the break and Nathan Craig, making his debut on loan from Torquay, finds the bottom corner of the net with an excellent free-kick.
No-one can say they don't deserve it based on the balance of play so far.
Walker-Harris makes a good save with his legs to deny Goldberg on 42 mins.
40mins Magpies 0 Bromley 0
You can't fault any Magpies players at the moment as they are making Skrill South leaders Bromley look decidedly second rate.
They just need that goal to really make it count.
32mins in and Magpies continue to hold the league leaders to a 0-0 scoreline.
Charlie Losasso has been one of the hosts' standout players so far and he just went for another long-range effort, but it flew wide.
23mins in and the game is beginning to open up a bit more now.
After Byerley swings and misses with his left foot for Dorchester, Goldberb beats Walker-Harris at the other end but his effort goes wide of the far post.
With 17mins gone you wouldn't know that it was top versus bottom here.
Magpies have had the two best chances and seem to be coping with the conditions the better.
The pitch really is in quite a state now with a couple of heavy showers causing it to cut up even more.
First half chance for Magpies on 9mins with Byerley header from Losasso free-kick gathered by Bromley keeper Welch.
Rain continues to fall.
Portsmouth referee Andrew Laver has blown his whistle to start the game and Bromley have just kicked off.
The heavens have well and truly opened here at the Avenue with 10 minutes to go before kick-off.
The pitch is already on the sticky side so what it will look like by the end of the game, who knows?
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Dorchester make two changes to the side that started against Havant on Tuesday with loan signings Ashley Yeoman and Nathan Craig replacing Ryan Case and Jack Twyford.
It looks like Sam Lanahan will drop to right-back in place of Case, with Craig in midfield and Yeoman in an attacking role.
Steve Walker is back in the squad after suspension and takes a place on the bench with Elliot Ward and Calvin Brooks missing out altogether.
Magpies: Walker-Harris, Lanahan, Smeeton, Jermyn (c), N Walker, Craig, Crittenden, Gleeson, Yeoman, Byerley, Losasso.
Subs: Makoni, Munday, Twyford, Case, S Walker.
Ashley Nicholls does indeed line-up in Mark Goldberg's midfield as the Lillywhites bid to strengthen their grip on top spot.
Former Weymouth man Pierre Joseph-Dubois is also included in the visitors' starting XI.
Bromley: Welch, Pooley, Anderson, Waldren, Swaine (c), Holland, Joseph-Dubois, Nicholls, May, Goldberg, Jarrett.
Subs: Parmenter, Dennis, Fuseini, McDonnell, Buchanan
RT @bromleyfc: ARRIVAL: The first team coach has arrived at Dorchester Town. Any predictions for the starting line up? #WeAreBromley http:/…— @skrill_south 15 February 2014
MAGPIES v BROMLEY
Bromley are 11 points clear at the top of Skrill South with 12 victories out of their last 14 league games - sobering statistics for the Magpies going into today's top-versus-bottom clash at the Avenue.
Former Dorchester midfielder Ashley Nicholls makes his first appearance back at the Avenue since joining Bromley last summer.
But the Magpies have been boosted by the arrival of two new loan signings from Torquay United and both are set to be involved this afternoon.
Midfielder Nathan Craig and forward Ashley Yeoman are a couple of youngsters who Phil Simkin hopes could have big impacts in his side's quest for survival this season.