Halls 32, Crago 66


DORCHESTER Town crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the first qualifying round hurdle as Plymouth Parkway claimed a deserved 2-0 win at Bolitho Park.

Oscar Halls’ first-half header put Parkway in front and Jack Crago punished a mistake from Ollie Haste as the Devon side advanced to the next round.

Dorchester were not without chances themselves but failed to force Dorset-born Adam Parkes into a serious save on a disappointing day for the Magpies.

It means Dorchester’s wait to reach the FA Cup first round will stretch into a 12th year, following their last appearance in 2012/13.

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Looking to emulate, at least, last season and make the second qualifying round, Dorchester boss Glenn Howes made two changes to the side that began the 2-1 win at Poole on Monday.

Haste and Leighton Thomas, back from a three-game suspension, came in for the injured Jack Wright and the benched Harvey-Joe Bertrand.

Dorchester named six subs, one shy of the seven permitted in the FA Cup, as Louie Slough was fit enough to take his place in the dugout after missing the Poole game with injury.

However, despite a return to training after a knee knock, the experienced Callum Buckley was not risked on the bench.

With cup ambitions on the line, both teams began with intent and Dorchester threatened in the second minute when Leighton Thomas pounced on an error and his shot was deflected off target.

Mikey Williams responded for Parkway, curling tamely at Lloyd Thomas, before an unbelievable passage of play in the ninth minute.

Alex Moyse gave the ball away in midfield, allowing Parkway to surge forward and their ball in was sliced by Jordi Foot to Matt Wright who fired an effort at Thomas.

Using his legs to make the save, the ball rebounded to Williams and Thomas had to block the midfielder’s effort before Dorchester broke.

Leighton Thomas led the counter and his pass was on a plate for Shaq Gwengwe who guided a shot wide of goal when clean through.

Following that frantic minute, Rio Garside headed at Thomas and the lively forward curled a free-kick just wide of the far post having won it by drawing a foul with sharp footwork.

Dorchester responded with two overcooked Jordi Barnett deliveries before the ex-Yeovil left-back blazed a difficult half-volley over.

Foot was then lucky to see Wright mess up a good chance when he picked his pocket but another piece of slack play allowed Parkway to lead.

Moyse was culpable, giving a silly free-kick away on the far side and Ryan Lane’s delivery was attacked by Halls who headed neatly into the right corner.

Crago teed up Wright who could not get enough purchase on his close-range finish and Halls headed out of the ground as Parkway dominated up to half-time.

Dorchester again began the half brightly when Barnett whipped a free-kick just wide after Olaf Koszela was upended.

Thomas then proceeded to drop two crosses and was somehow unpunished for the second as Crago snatched at the chance and blazed over.

Former Dorchester defender Toby Down also had a goal ruled out for offside before the Magpies twice worked Parkes.

Koszela darted in from the left and fired at the ex-Watford keeper, before Gwengwe headed tamely at the former Dover and Barnet custodian.

Down thundered a header against the post but Parkway were soon 2-0 up on 66 minutes as Haste’s heavy touch fell perfectly for Crago to nip in and beat Thomas.

Having gifted Parkway a second, Dorchester went close with 16 minutes to go as sub Bertrand thumped a header just wide of the far post from Koszela’s cross.

Dorchester pushed men forward late on and Parkway right-back Callum Hall nearly exploited the extra space, his solo run and shot forcing Thomas into a strong save.

And, summing up the Magpies’ afternoon, Foot launched a 25-yarder out of the ground as Dorchester lost a third consecutive away game at Parkway.

Plymouth Parkway: Parkes, Hall, Lane, Halls, Rose (Goulty 46), Down, Williams, Purrington, Crago (Jones 82), Garside, Wright (Moulden 64). Subs not used: Cairo, Sidey.

Magpies: Ll Thomas, Saunders (Bertrand 73), Haste, Waterfield (Benjani Jr 76), Ngalo, Foot, Barnett, Moyse (Hosking 86), Koszela, Gwengwe, Le Thomas. Subs not used: Slough, Turner, Graziano.

Referee: Mark King.

Attendance: 244