Jombati 50, Gunson 77, Hedges 90+2


Fletcher 38, Gwengwe 90+5

DORCHESTER Town were undone by Salisbury’s second-half onslaught as the Pitching In Southern League Premier South leaders won 3-2 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

Will Fletcher’s first Dorchester goal put the Magpies into a first-half lead but Salisbury came back strong after the interval.

Sido Jombati’s powerful header, ex-Dorchester midfielder Charlie Gunson’s rapid volley and Josh Hedges’ goal made it 3-1.

Shaq Gwengwe notched his fourth goal in three games at the death but his effort was in vain as Salisbury closed out a seventh straight league win.

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Dorchester, who slipped into the relegation zone after wins for Tiverton and Plymouth Parkway, made two changes to the side that began the 2-1 loss to Bracknell last time out.

Louie Slough dropped to the bench, while Jack Dickson did not recover sufficiently from an ankle injury to take part.

In came Will Spetch after his two-game suspension, while Fletcher earned his first start in a Magpies shirt.

Chances were extremely limited in the first quarter of the game, Gunson going closest with a long-range drive that did little to trouble Magpies’ keeper Adam Forster.

Then came a serious-looking knee injury to Salisbury’s Tom Bragg, forcing the defender to be stretchered off.

After the stoppage in play, Dorchester dominated and were unfortunate not to go into half-time more than a goal to the good.

Spetch volleyed wide and Salisbury keeper Josh Gould was needed to make an important stop from Gwengwe’s header after a fabulous cross from Olaf Koszela.

Gould made a stunning double stop two minutes later when he saved Pedro Borges’ fierce volley before blocking the rebound.

However, he was powerless to prevent Fletcher from putting Dorchester ahead as a defensive error was pounced on by Borges.

The Exeter loanee then found Fletcher with room to convert a golden chance for 1-0.

Gould pulled off another fine save to keep Koszela at bay as the striker raced onto a lofted through ball, Aaron Simpson then producing an incredible block to deny Fletcher on the follow-up.

Dorchester coach James Wood later became one of five Magpies bookings after protests against one of referee Thomas Copping’s decisions, despite the game lacking malice.

When the interval arrived, Salisbury boss Brian Dutton opted to bring on Dan Fitchett for Wayne Robinson and the forward helped change the game.

However, Gunson would first help Salisbury back into the match as his wicked corner was powerfully headed home by Whites skipper Sido Jombati.

If Gould had saved Salisbury throughout the first half, then Forster did the same for Dorchester in the second.

Fitchett’s influence began to shine as his clever flick set Harry Williams into space and his attempt was pushed away by Forster.

Salisbury then put together the move of the match to play Fitchett through, only for Forster to stand tall and keep it at 1-1.

Forster’s third stop was miraculous, however, as he somehow denied Williams from point-blank range in the six-yard box.

Like Dorchester’s in the first half, Salisbury’s pressure eventually paid off, though.

Who other than Gunson to get the goal, his crisp volley barrelling home after Aaron McCreadie’s headed assist.

Dorchester had 13 minutes to find a leveller but instead Salisbury went close to a third when Fitchett’s ambitious flick was kept out.

Salisbury did grab a third goal in the 92nd minute when Hedges profited from Fitchett’s forward play to make it 3-1.

In six added minutes, Gwengwe set up a frantic finale with a clinical finish but Salisbury had time on their side and closed out the victory, leaving Dorchester in 19th.

Salisbury: Gould, Simpson, Sommerton, Leggett, Jombati, Bragg (Penny 28), Gunson, McCreadie, Hedges, Robinson (Fitchett 46), Williams (Smith 84). Subs not used: Coppin, Harding.

Magpies: Forster, Eccott-Young, Haste, Ngalo, James, Borges (Waterfield 69), Moore, Fletcher (Thomas 76), Gwengwe, Koszela (Slough 88), Spetch. Subs not used: Turner, Toms.

Referee: Thomas Copping.

Attendance: 877.