Seymour 1, 48, Garside 10


PLYMOUTH Parkway showed Dorchester Town no love on Valentine’s Day by securing a 3-0 win at Bolitho Park.

Ben Seymour got Parkway off to the perfect start, netting at the back post in the first minute, before Rio Garside’s missile made it 2-0 with only ten minutes on the clock.

Seymour finished off a cutting move early in the second half to effectively seal the points, while Dorchester saw chances for a consolation wasted by Harvey-Joe Bertrand and Alfie Stanley.

In the end, Dorchester were consigned to a seventh away league defeat in 14 games and a fourth successive match at Bolitho without scoring.

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Searching for back-to-back wins, Dorchester were unchanged from the side that beat Hanwell 3-0 on Saturday.

Teenage star Lewis Toms, a starter for the Magpies’ under-23s at AFC Stoneham, was the only omission from the squad.

Matty Neale played before a three-game suspension kicks in for his red card against Hanwell.

However, Dorchester striker Harvey Bradbury served the final fixture of his four-match suspension.

There were also a few familiar faces in the Parkway squad with goalkeeper Harry Lee, who has enjoyed two loan spells at Dorchester this season, starting in goal for the hosts.

Callum Rose, Seymour and Toby Down are also former Magpies, while Tom Bath made the bench on his return from a 10-month injury lay-off caused by a ruptured Achilles.

As players so often do against their old clubs, Seymour haunted Dorchester inside 60 seconds when he showed all of his predatory instincts to volley home Garside’s cross at the back post.

And in a nightmarish start for the Magpies, Parkway doubled their lead in the tenth minute when Garside pinged a long-range rocket past Ryan Hall for 2-0.

Dorchester responded by registering their first shot on target in their first attack of note, Tiago Sa’s raking pass met by Charlie Gunson, who tested Lee.

Gunson is level on eight goals at the top of Dorchester’s scoring charts with Alfie Stanley, who was called from the bench to replace the midfielder after only 20 minutes.

Parkway reminded Dorchester of their attacking intent when the red-hot Garside shaved the post with a free-kick in the 27th minute.

Dorchester did at least build some momentum before the break and Ferdinand Okoh’s vision picked out Stanley for a header at Lee only for Parkway to win a free-kick for a push.

If manager Glenn Howes had wanted a positive reaction in the second half, Seymour had other ideas.

Parkway constructed a sweeping move on the left and former Exeter striker Seymour was once more unleashed at the back post to beat Hall.

Dorchester had little to offer in return, Gwengwe prevented from latching onto a through ball by the hungry Parkway defence.

Tiago Sa and Alex Moyse came off for Jordi Foot and Louie Slough respectively in search of a spark but Dorchester could still find no way past the Parkway defence.

Slough did have some impact after his introduction, crossing for Bertrand to head wide four minutes from time.

Lee then denied Stanley in added time but a consolation would evade Dorchester on what is fast becoming a notorious bogey ground for the Magpies.

Dorchester host fourth-placed Bracknell Town on Saturday (3pm).

Plymouth Parkway: Lee, Goulty, Lane, C Hall, Rose (Palfrey 62), Booth, Down, Rooney (Billington 73), Seymour, Garside, Crago (Bath 81). Sub not used: King.

Magpies: R Hall, Bertrand, Sa (Slough 72), Moyse (Foot 56), Buckley, Douglas, Gunson (Stanley 20), Ngalo, Neale, Gwengwe, Okoh.

Referee: Daniel Frizzell

Attendance: 393