Sa 45, Koszela 65


Wooden 45+1

OLAF Koszela’s lightning break and deflected 65th-minute shot proved enough for the Magpies to progress to the Buildbase FA Trophy first round with a 2-1 win over Gosport Borough.

Dorchester boss Leigh Robinson made just one change to his starting line-up with Charlie Madden returning and Josiah Dunstan named on a seven-strong bench – the maximum allowed in the competition.

Gosport’s Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, brother of Liverpool’s Alex, looked lively and sent an early drive wide.

Borough keeper Patrick O’Flaherty did well to punch clear under the challenge of Emile Ngoy which was deemed unfair by referee Iain Parsons.

Charlie Madden’s free-kick sailed across goal and out of play while Ashley Wells failed to take advantage of a smart turn and lay off from Ngoy.

Later, a moment of hesitation between Magpies keeper Will Buse and defender Louie Slough nearly proved costly.

A superb ball from Koszela picked out Ngoy who laid off for Tom Bath whose deflected shot earned a Tiago Sa corner which O’Flaherty punched clear.

Buse pulled off a save at his near post to keep out a low effort from Oxlade-Chamberlain who shook off the attention of Madden to create the chance.

A push by Aaron Mccreadie on Wells conceded a free-kick which Bath curled wide from 25 yards.

Gosport’s Rory Williams set up two chances, both of which were wasted by Theo Lewis as Boro enjoyed a good spell.

Owen Roundell and Wooden then combined to centre for Oxlade-Chamberlain whose looping header deflected wide. Theo Lewis nodded the resultant Williams corner over the crossbar.

Dorchester hit back and a created a string of chances in quick succession with Bath and Koszela having shots blocked, the latter inadvertently blocking one from his teammate.

Harry Hodges then hastily hacked clear to rescue Buse who dropped the ball behind him. Buse showed more composed handling to cut out a driven centre from Bradley Tarbuck while Harry Kavanagh did well to cut out an inviting centre from Hodges.

But the Magpies took the lead in the 45th minute when Sa played a short corner and received a return pass before curling over what appeared to be a cross-come-shot, completely deceiving O’Flaherty and finding the top corner.

Dorchester’s joy proved short-lived as a quick break from Gosport saw Roundell set up Wooden for a tap-in equaliser.

Robinson substituted Hodges for Oakley Hanger at the start of the second half while Matt Paterson replaced Lewis for the Hampshire side.

The Magpies faced an early threat when Wooden’s close-range effort flicked off Buse for a corner from which Oxlade-Chamberlain fired wide and a Williams right-wing corner was also nodded wide by Woodford at the far post.

A clever flick from Koszela looked to present Bath with a great chance but the Dorchester striker was crowded out and the chance lost. Bath was also unable to beat O’Flaherty to a deep Madden centre.

Koszela did well to centre for Ngoy who headed in from close range but the goal was disallowed as the ball rolled out of play when the loan Torquay striker crossed.

Not to be denied from his earlier disallowed assist, Koszela went one better racing out of his own half and scoring what proved to be the match-winning goal with a low deflected strike.

As Gosport battled hard to force a penalty shootout, a succession of corners culminated in Matthew Casey heading over.

O’Flaherty bravely dived at the feet of Bath as he looked to capitalise on a ball from Ngoy.

A foul on Ngoy presented Sa with another opportunity but the former Terra found the outside of the top of the net from 20 yards, while a very long range effort from Madden also hit the outside netting.

An off-the-ball stoppage-time confrontation in the home six-yard box resulted in yellows for Gosport’s Paterson and Dunstan.

Throwing caution to the wind, O’Flaherty raced up for two late corners.

The Magpies quickly regained possession from the first but were unable to take advantage of the gaping open goal at the other end and from the second the last shot of the game flashed wide from Williams as Dorchester held firm to advance and claim £3,750.

Magpies: Buse, Hodges (Hanger 46), Sa, Slough (Dunstan 54), Madden, Wells, Burns, Lowes, Bath (Bayston 85), Ngoy, Koszela. Subs not used: Torniainen, Wilson, Davis-Wilson, Thomas.

Gosport: O’Flaherty, Williams, Woodford, Tarbuck, (Ragguette 44) Lewis (Paterson 46), Wooden, Kavanagh, Roundell (Suraci 72), Casey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, McCreadie. Subs not used: Boungou, Storey.

Referee: Iain Parsons

Attendance: 247


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