Callum Brooks denied debut win as Boro hold Dorchester

BY: Neil Walton – Dorset Echo Sport (@EchosportNeil)


NEW Dorchester boss Callum Brooks was denied a victory on his managerial debut as 10-man Farnborough battled to a 2-2 Evo-Stik Southern Premier South draw at the Easy as HGV Stadium.

Perry Coles handed Farnborough a seventh-minute lead before Dorchester hit back through tap-ins for Ben Seymour and Tom Blair.

Coles notched a second after the interval before Rob Bartley saw red for an alleged headbutt.

Overall, it is a point gained for Brooks, who employed a 4-3-3 system when making three changes to the side that began the 0-0 draw at Gosport last time out.

Callum Rose was the headline change, coming in earlier than expected from an ankle injury.

Luke Winsper and Sam Jackson were also reinstated to the starting XI.

The trio’s introduction came at the expense of Neil Martin, who this week underwent an appendix operation, Brennan Camp and Noah Keats, the latter named on a four-man bench.

Joining Keats in the dugout were Aaron Rodriguez, Kingsley Latham and Dom Panesar-Dower, but there was no place in the matchday squad for striker Richard Gillespie.

Farnborough’s 6-0 drubbing of Dorchester earlier this season remains the Magpies’ biggest defeat of the season and away fans could have been forgiven for thinking another long match was likely after Boro’s flying start.

Coles was lurking in the penalty area for a right-wing cross and expertly tucked home past goalkeeper Nick Hutchings in the seventh minute.

However, unlike the reverse fixture, Dorchester’s response to going behind was positive and they created the next major chance when Blair, Egan and Harry Kite combined to tee up Billy Lowes, only for the midfielder to guide a header wide.

But just two minutes after Lowes’ miss, Dorchester were back on level terms.

Bright spark Egan supplied an inviting cross for Blair, whose header was parried out by Boro gloveman Liam Beach only as far as the predatory Seymour, who pounced from close range to notch his 17th goal for Dorchester this season.

A second goal in the space of eight minutes helped Dorchester turn the match on its head as Blair this time profited from a rebound, stemming from an ambitious overhead kick attempt by a teammate, to bury a finish past the stricken Beach.

Boro emulated Dorchester in not lying down after falling behind and constructed a patient move which created a chance that Hutchings athletically pushed away to safety.

A frustrated Yellows side then earned the first booking when Kurtis Cumberbatch chopped down Kite with a forceful challenge before the half-time interval.

With Coles having bagged his first seven minutes after the first whistle, the striker this time notched his second goal just eight minutes after the restart.

In truth, Dorchester will be disappointed with their defending as the Yellows’ equaliser originated from a throw-in, enabling Coles to run into space in the box and nudge a finish past Hutchings in the 55th minute.

However, two minutes after Boro levelled the hosts were down to 10 men following a mindless act from defender Bartley.

Bartley and Blair tangled and the centre-back was deemed, by the officials, to have headbutted the Dorchester winger, leading to a straight red, while Blair was also booked for his part in the incident.

Bartley’s dismissal sparked a reshuffle from Boro manager Spencer Day, who denied Coles the chance to claim his treble as Ashley Oakley replaced him on the hour.

Day smartly removed the cautioned Cumberbatch five minutes later as Boro set about frustrating the visitors with the aim of claiming a point.

Dorchester had 33 minutes to conjure a winning goal but the Magpies barely created a chance of note in the closing stages, with Brooks only electing to make his first substitution in the 84th minute, bringing on Rodriguez for Blair in a like-for-like change.

Despite a further five minutes of added time, Farnborough clung on and frustrated Dorchester, who remain in the bottom three on goal difference behind Gosport, who lost 1-0 to Tiverton.

Farnborough: Beach, Chambers, Owens, Leggett, Bartley, Cumberbatch (Fernandes 66), Oyenuga, Bonds, Charles-Smith, Coles (Oakley 61), Young (Cooksley 90+1). Subs not used: Halsey, Fearn.

Magpies: Hutchings, Egan, Jackson, Carmichael, Rose, Kite, Winsper, Lowes, Seymour, Diaz, Blair (Rodriguez 84). Subs not used: Latham, Keats, Panesar-Dower.

Attendance: 333