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Match report | Bridgwater Town (H)

By: Neil Walton – Dorset Echo Sport | @EchosportNeil

DORCHESTER TOWN 5 (Wright, Smith, Blair, Strugnell, Batista)

Dorchester Town got their pre-season campaign up and running with a comprehensive 5-0 dismissal of Bridgwater Town at the Clayson Stadium.

A spell of four goals in the space of nine first-half minutes did the damage before a trialist bagged the fifth in the 81st minute.

Boss Callum Brooks would have been pleased with an energetic first-half performance that was characterised by crisp, slick passing and good interplay from midfield to attack.

With Dorchester dominant throughout over their ninth-tier opposition, Dom Panesar-Dower and Kyle Egan forced saves from Luke Viney either side of a wayward Dan Strugnell curler.

Dorchester got their reward on 30 minutes when Egan skipped past three defenders and provided a tap-in for Sean Wright.

Three minutes later Brooks’ want of a high press paid dividends as Panesar-Dower’s strike was superbly tipped onto the crossbar and River Smith tucked home from six yards.

Dorchester then won a free-kick, taken by Tom Blair, which drifted into the far corner following poor defending.

Less than 60 seconds later, Panesar-Dower’s inswinging corner was nodded home by Strugnell as Bridgwater wilted.

The Magpies introduced five triallists at half-time and Bridgwater stemmed the tide of goals until the number 18 trialist curled home after a ricochet in the box.

Dorchester next travel to ninth-tier Horndean on Saturday (3pm).

Magpies: 1. S Murphy, 2. K Egan (3. T Sa 46′), 4. S Wright (15. N Nixon 46′), 5. D Strugnell © (5. A Toland 46′), 6. L Winsper (10. C Davis 46′), 7. D Panesar-Dower (16. A Trialist 46′), 8. B Lowes (4. B Symes 80′), 9. R Smith (18. E Batista 46′ (9. C Gosney 82′)), 11. J Brookes, 12. T Blair (17. O Lowes 46′), 14. C Rose.

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