basingstoke 16.03.2019

Impressive Dorchester Town hit four in victory over Basingstoke

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


DORCHESTER Town cruised to an entertaining 4-1 Evo-Stik Southern Premier South win over Basingstoke in Callum Brooks’ first home game in charge at the Clayson Stadium.

Aaron Rodriguez, making his first start since the 1-1 draw with Wimborne on December 29, scored a well-taken brace either side of a Callum Rose own goal before Ben Seymour hit his 19th and 20th goals of the season in the second half to seal a fully-merited victory.

Dorchester made two changes to the starting line-up that began the memorable 7-1 thrashing of Merthyr Town in midweek.

Luke Winsper (ankle) and Tom Blair (suspension) made way for Noah Keats and Rodriguez.

Joe Low, who came in for his first appearance in the matchday squad since Brooks took over as manager, was joined on the bench by Kingsley Latham, Nathan Walker and Dom Panesar-Dower but Brennan Camp was left out after playing, and scoring, for Bournemouth academy 24 hours earlier.

Dorchester were aiming to extend a six-game unbeaten run against the Dragons and began in dominant fashion by forcing the first chance when Nick Hutchings’ free-kick caught the blustery wind and Dan Bayliss misjudged the flight of the ball, allowing striker Ben Seymour in on the right.

Tracking goalwards, Seymour then found Antonio Diaz who saw a shot blocked before a Harry Kite cross supplied the midfielder with a tough chance at the near post that he flicked over.

Moments later, Diaz turned provider when his lay-off to Keats enabled the midfielder to fire straight at Dragons’ keeper Tom McGill from 18 yards.

Dorchester’s promising play was finally rewarded in the 14th minute when Rodriguez controlled and turned in one motion from a pinpoint Diaz cross before easing past the covering defender and slamming home left-footed from 18 yards.

Basingstoke replied when Smart earned a free-kick but right-back Dean Stow curled wastefully over from 25 yards.

Stow’s set-piece preceded a glorious save from McGill as Diaz looked destined to score after shooting goalwards from Seymour’s cute pass.

For all of Dorchester’s chances the Magpies were nearly punished when Sam Jackson dithered on the edge of the area and was dispossessed by Sam Argent, who shot powerfully at Hutchings to tip over for a corner as Dorchester survived.

Brooks’ men should have doubled their lead again when Rodriguez’s stinging cross was spilled by McGill and Billy Lowes saw a six-yard effort blocked on the line by Bayliss.

The Magpies’ profligacy was punished on 31 minutes when the pacy Smart rounded Ross Carmichael on the counter and his fizzing cross was turned into his own net by the retreating Rose.

Diaz spurned a difficult chance from a tight angle before McGill awkwardly palmed a swirling corner out as Dorchester continued to press before half-time.

Bayliss was replaced by Jim Orvis at the interval for the visitors but Dorchester created the first dangerous moment of the second period, Diaz going down under pressure from two defenders in the box but seeing his claims for a penalty waved away.

After that initial disappointment, Dorchester extended their lead through man-of-the-moment Rodriguez as a deadly break, started by Keats, saw Diaz bide his time before slipping in Rodriguez whose effort on the stretch bounced underneath McGill.

The goal sparked a flurry of chances for Dorchester as the luckless Diaz hit the post from a tight angle before seeing a goalbound effort cleared off the line.

However, the Magpies finally killed the Dragons off when Diaz earned a penalty following Jack Wakely’s trip and Seymour found the bottom-right corner for 3-1.

Rodriguez was denied his hat-trick, making way for Panesar-Dower and his replacement nearly scored from a Diaz through ball only to see his effort crowded out.

Panesar-Dower was again involved as the hosts put the icing on the cake, his mazy dribble drawing a foul from which the quick-thinking Kite released Diaz.

The Spaniard then fed the supporting Egan who picked out Seymour to tap in from three yards as Dorchester took their second straight win to stay 15th, five points clear of the drop.

Magpies: Hutchings, Egan, Jackson, Carmichael, Rose, Kite, Keats (Walker 80), Lowes, Seymour, Diaz, Rodriguez (Panesar-Dower 73). Subs not used: Low, Latham

Basingstoke: McGill, Stow, Everiss, Atkinson, Bayliss (Akers 46), Wakely, Smart, Kennedy, Argent, Pearse, Wright (Orvis 56). Sub not used: Hunt.

Referee: Matthew Rushton (Pewsey)

Attendance: 432

Callum Brooks post-match interview.