Emmerson 23, Gwengwe 58, Douglas 90+1


Williams 53, Edge 54, Spalding 62, McDonagh 85

TEN-MAN Dorchester Town put up a stirring fight against Swindon Supermarine but ultimately came away with a 4-3 home defeat in their Pitching In Southern League Premier South battle.

Harvey Bradbury’s dismissal for an alleged flick with his boot at Supermarine right-back Sam Turl left 74 minutes for the Magpies to play against 11 men.

However, Keith Emmerson’s first goal for Dorchester put the hosts into a 1-0 half-time lead before a chaotic second 45 minutes.

Harry Williams and James Edge scored within a minute for 2-1 before Shaq Gwengwe nudged home a one-on-one chance.

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Henry Spalding made it 3-2 with the game’s fourth goal in nine minutes, and sub Conor McDonagh looked to have sewn up the points with five minutes to go.

Dorchester had other ideas as Kieran Douglas netted moments after a Gwengwe penalty miss, setting up a grandstand finale.

One last chance for 4-4 came and went for Tiago Sa as Dorchester suffered a seventh defeat in eight games against the Marine.

Dorchester boss Glenn Howes made two changes to the side that began the 2-1 win over Winchester last time out.

Charlie Gunson (hamstring) dropped to the bench and Ferdinand Okoh missed out completely.

In came Gwengwe and Jordan Ngalo but Alex Moyse sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury to join Gunson, Louie Slough, Jordi Foot and under-18 star Lewis Toms on the bench.

Following a tame start by both teams, Supermarine settled quickest and should have led when Williams fluffed an excellent chance 12 yards out when unmarked.

Then came the pivotal flashpoint of the game as Bradbury got his marching orders.

Having clashed with Turl in an aerial duel, referee Ollie Taylor spotted what he deemed to be an alleged kick by Bradbury.

While contact, if any, seemed minimal, Turl’s histrionics on the pitch no doubt played a part in Taylor’s decision to show red.

Taylor struggled to keep control of the game and another debatable decision came when Gwengwe won a free-kick after taking a long ball around away keeper Josh Gould.

Gould recovered to force Gwengwe out wide but then slid in and appeared to win the ball, instead conceding a free-kick and receiving yellow.

The set-piece proved instrumental as Matty Neale’s delivery caused havoc, Emmerson reacting quickest to the loose ball to score from six yards out.

Emmerson and Turl later clashed on the deck as tempers boiled over before Joe Tumelty raced in to push Emmerson over.

Both Tumelty and Emmerson were booked but Dorchester preserved their lead into a second half where they were met by a one-two punch from the Marine.

Williams made amends for his earlier miss, hooking home Tumelty’s cushioned header before Edge rasped home a drive for 2-1 in the 54th minute.

Dorchester responded when Ngalo hit the post from near the byline and the midfielder later chipped a gorgeous through ball to Gwengwe.

Gould’s hesitation in advancing proved fatal as Gwengwe’s pace handed him the simple task of flicking into the top corner for 2-2 on 58 minutes.

Parity lasted for just four minutes, though, as Spalding’s powerful effort burst through the grasp of Hall.

Hall atoned with a fabulous save to deny Williams and Emmerson pumped a volley at Gould as both sides chased more goals.

Supermarine would score next as sub McDonagh’s deflected effort from 18 yards deceived Hall for 4-2.

What followed was spellbinding, Gwengwe beating Gould to a pass for the third time and drawing a rash challenge inside the box for an 89th-minute penalty.

Gould was lucky to escape a second booking and even luckier still to see Gwengwe blast his spot-kick against the bar.

Taking a point now seemed improbable but Douglas disagreed, his determined run and finish past Gould giving Dorchester four minutes of added time to find an equaliser.

And Howes’ troops surged forward with wave after wave of attack, creating one last big opening.

Douglas cannoned a volley into the Supermarine defence and the ball fell invitingly for Sa, who snatched at the chance and blazed over to the Avenue’s disbelief.

Dorchester could not conjure a further chance as the Magpies dropped to sixth in the table following Met Police’s 2-0 win over Hanwell.

Magpies: Hall, Bertrand, Sa, Emmerson, Buckley, Douglas, Gwengwe, Ngalo (Slough 82), Bradbury, Stanley (Foot 59), Neale (Moyse 76). Subs not used: Gunson, Toms.

Supermarine: Gould, Turl, Tunnicliff, Edge, Sharpe, Liddiard, Spalding (Duffus 78), Hooper (McDonagh 52), Williams (Harding 88), Tumelty, Campbell. Subs not used: Morrison, Kotwica.

Referee: Ollie Taylor

Attendance: 377