Dunstan 59 og, Liddiard 87


DORCHESTER Town suffered a third loss of the Pitching In Southern Premier South season as Swindon Supermarine won 2-0 at the Webbswood Stadium.

A two-goal buffer perhaps seemed a touch harsh on Dorchester, who created plenty of chances in the first half, Billy Lowes’ thunderous strike wobbling the crossbar.

But the second half undoubtedly belonged to Supermarine as a Josiah Dunstan own goal and Mat Liddiard’s late header moved the Wiltshire side into third.

Freshening up his squad after the 1-0 win over Tiverton last time out, Dorchester boss Leigh Robinson handed a debut to Weymouth loanee Harry Burns.

Robinson elected to start Emile Ngoy after the Frenchman’s strike sunk Tivvy, with Rubin Wilson and Tom Bath benched.

Burns was in the action straight away with a blocked shot before the unlucky Lowes nearly gave the Magpies a 1-0 lead when his piledriver shook the woodwork.

Dorchester disrupted Marine’s passing game well in the opening quarter, and a nice move from the Magpies almost yielded a second goal.

Ngoy, Burns and Lowes were all involved before winger Tom Blair fired shy of the post.

Supermarine’s Brad Hooper’s rising shot failed to trouble Will Buse in reply, while Jake Lee twice headed over before half-time as the hosts began to seize the initiative.

Conor McDonagh and Jamie Edge went close in the second half with a header and free-kick which forced a goalline clearance as the Swindon outfit resumed in the ascendancy.

More pressure led to a 59th-minute opener as the unfortunate Dunstan turned Michael Hopkins’ cross into his own net.

McDonagh volleyed wide and man of the match David Pratt had a goal ruled out for offside as Marine continued on the front foot.

Buse was on top form with an acrobatic save from Pratt, and his opposite number and ex-Magpies keeper Martin Horsell was then tested by Blair’s curling strike.

Robinson brought on forward Laurent Wilson-Davis for his debut, plus Plymouth loanee striker Wilson and winger Leighton Thomas in search of a leveller.

However, Supermarine made the more telling impression in front of goal when Liddiard’s 87th-minute looping header from a corner sailed over Buse into the net to quell any hopes of a point for the Magpies.

Dorchester next host Salisbury on Saturday, October 24 (3pm).

Supermarine: Horsell, Stanley, Hopkins, Edge, Lee, Liddiard, Kotwica (Spalding 66), Hooper (Shepherd 88), Pratt, McDonagh (Williams 66), Campbell. Subs not used: Marshall, Mitchell.

Magpies: Buse, Hanger (Thomas 77), Sa, Madden, Dunstan (Davis-Wilson 66), Wells, Hodges, Lowes, Ngoy (Wilson 83), Burns, Blair. Subs not used: Bath, Bayston.

Attendance: 331

Referee: Sam Fudge