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Match report | The Magpies 0-0 Bristol Rovers U23

DORCHESTER TOWN 0

BRISTOL ROVERS U23 0

Match Report:

By: Dorset Echo Sport – Neil Walton | @DorsetEchoSport

Dorchester Town enjoyed the better chances but had to settle for a stalemate with Bristol Rovers’ under-23s at the Avenue Stadium.

Rovers were energetic and creative on the ball but were restricted to long shots all evening, with Dorchester’s finishing off-colour after having the clearer sights of goal.

Fresh from respective 4-1 and 3-1 defeats to quality opposition in a Bristol City XI and Hungerford Town, Dorchester were well versed in the speedy, slick nature required at levels above.

After Rovers requested a 15-minute delay to kick-off, coach Robbie Herrera audibly barked at the Magpies to press and display patience on the ball.

Despite this, Rovers enjoyed the better start as their slippery striker fizzed a shot just over.

Dorchester’s Ollie Griggs responded with a dipping shot that just cleared the bar, while the home trialist striker flicked at goal after a bombing run down the right wing by Oakley Hanger.

Involved at every opportunity, the trialist unleashed a venomous effort in the 17th minute as the Pirates’ keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Rovers’ number 10 tried an ambitious strike from 30 yards that home keeper Jon Ross was equal to, before Franklyn Clarke and Griggs both flashed shots over.

Charlie Madden then worked the away keeper with a curling shot which was caught underneath the far post before half-time.

Dorchester subbed on two trialists for the second half and the newly-introduced winger headed just wide before Sam Poole nodded a Griggs corner loopily over.

With the Magpies enjoying the better of the second half, Billy Lowes skewed a shot over before Ross expertly pushed clear an effort from the Rovers’ sub striker.

Dorchester again went close to scoring when their trialist striker slammed a free-kick at goal, forcing a scrambling save from the Pirates’ keeper as the hosts settled for a creditable goalless draw.

Magpies: Ross, Hanger (Trialist 46), Sa, Madden, Dunstan (Trialist 46), Poole, Griggs (Fowles 72), Clarke, Lowes, Bath (Bayston 63), Trialist (Hewitt 79).

Starting XI:
John Ross
 Oakley Hanger ⤵️
 Tiago Sa
 Charlie Madden
 Josiah Dunstan ⤵️
 Sam Poole
 Franklyn Clarke ©
 Billy Lowes
 Ollie Griggs ⤵️
Trialist ⤵️
Tom Bath ⤵️

Substitutes:
Sam Bayston ⤴️
Trialist ⤴️
Trialist ⤴️
Joel Hewitt ⤴️
Ben Fowles ⤴️

Attendance:
TBC

Referee:
Mark Derrien

Assistants:
Deven Derrien
Stuart Griffiths