We had a break from league action and were drawn against one of our more local teams at the Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking as we pitched ourselves against their Academy team. They lie just behind us in the league but have played 2 games more, so this was always going to be a good test for our team.
We made several changes so that some of our newer players could get some minutes under their belt. There were full debuts for Olly Thompson, Keven Gomez and Ben Bauchop.
Why the title of this report?
The game was littered with inconsistent officiating decisions with us receiving 5 bookings from the man in charge. Those who watched the game can determine if the officiating was consistent and up to standard.
We started the game very well and scored an excellent goal in the 10th minute after a wonderful dummy from Ben Bauchop which left at least one Dorking defender wondering where the ball had gone; it transpired that it went into the path of Josh Alder who finished very well to put us in front against his former team. There was a pause before the officials gave the goal because the ball hit the metal net support inside the goal and bounced out onto the field of play; the officials got this decision right and awarded the goal. We fairly much controlled the rest of the first half and deservedly went into the break 1-0 in front.
In the second half, we again began in control and then we conceded after a Dorking player was left with only our goalkeeper to beat and managed to hook the ball over him and into the net. From that point on chances were very rare for both sides, various attempts were made to score but all to no avail. The game was heading towards a penalty shoot-out when in the 97th minute Dorking scored a tap-in after again at least two decisions by the officials leading up to the goal that was questionable; it was a very disappointing way to finish the match.
So, Dorking progress to the next round and we look forward to a match at home against East Preston next Saturday as we try to consolidate our lead at the top of the table. Why not come on down and see us play, there are various posters around our borough advertising the game; come on down and see some live football.