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Brown back but Magpies lose to Seagulls
Dorchester TOWN 0
BRIGHTON & HA 3
Noone pen 33, Buckley 62, Dickenson 76
JAMIE Brown was back in county town colours tonight as Dorchester Town lost out to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The fans’ favourite, looking for a new club following his release from Blue Square Bet South rivals Eastleigh, led the line at the Avenue Stadium for the first time since his departure in September 2006.
But he could do little to prevent the Npower Championship heavyweights running out 3-0 winners.
Craig Noone opened the scoring from the spot, Will Buckley doubled the advantage with a sublime chip and former Magpie Ben Dickenson, who was sold last January in a deal that could rise to six figures, curled home number three.
The Magpies made three changes from the midweek defeat to Exeter, handing starts to a trio of trialists.
Former Bristol Rovers man Charlie Clough partnered Nathan Walker in defence, ex-Taunton midfielder Jon Vance occupied the left flank and Brown started up front alongside Sam Malsom.
The visitors named a host of first-team regulars in their line-up with ex-county town ace Dickenson among the substitutes.
Despite sitting four tiers below their more illustrious opponents, Dorchester Town enjoyed a confident start to proceedings.
They looked comfortable in possession and one move in particular involved countless passes with only an important challenge from Noone thwarting Brown as he looked to pull the trigger.
Brighton stepped up a gear 25 minutes in and a short spell of pressure culminated in Jason Matthews being forced to tip over a shot from Buckley.
The away side were now in the ascendancy and opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark, albeit with a little help from the referee.
Clough, who conceded a spot-kick in the 4-0 loss to Exeter, was again penalised but this time rather harshly as he slid in to challenge Noone.
Chris Powell pointed to the spot and Noone found the bottom-right corner.
The same man almost extended the lead three minutes later but his acrobatic effort was off target.
Matthews produced a superb stop to deny Will Hoskins seven minutes into the second half before Noone wasted a glorious chance to double his and the Seagulls’ tally.
However, the inevitable second goal duly arrived in the 62nd minute courtesy of a stylish lob from Buckley.
Albion then made 10 outfield substitutions in one go, introducing Dickenson and several other development squad players.
And the fresh faces came close to adding a third but Matthews did well at his near post to foil Charlie Oatway.
However, the home gloveman was helpless 14 minutes from time as Dickenson, on his old stomping ground, curled a pin-point effort into the far corner to complete the scoring.
Magpies: Matthews, Bell (Jermyn 46), Martin, Clough (Clark 76), N Walker, Gleeson, Crittenden, Nicholls (Ward 83), Brown (Tennant 88), Malsom (Symes 70), Vance. Sub not used: Way.
Seagulls: Brezovan (Ankergren 46), Vincelot (Akubuine 63), Elphick (Jones 63), El-Abd (Morales 63), Sampayo (Jesson 63), Bridcutt (Balmy 63), Dicker (Dickenson 63), Rodgers (Richards 63), Buckley (Oatway 63), Hoskins (Barker 63), Noone (March 63).