• Dan Stobbart

Dorking Wanderers 2 Hungerford Town 0

Dorking Wanderers 2 Hungerford Town 0

The Buildbase FA Trophy - Second Round

December 15th 2020

Dorking progressed through to the third round of the FA Trophy after an excellent display against fellow National League South side Hungerford Town under the lights at Meadowbank. A James McShane brace either side of half-time secured the win and Wanderers will now go on to face Barnet at home on Saturday.

There were two changes to the Wanderers side that started against Bath ten days ago, a double change at the back seeing Callum Kennedy return after injury lay off, and Isaac Philpot also coming in as Sam Beard and Barry Fuller dropped to the bench. Jason Prior would skipper the side in place of Fuller, James McShane playing in behind the captain up top. Alfie Rutherford and Niall McManus would both miss out on places in the matchday squad serving the final games of their respective suspensions.

Inside the opening sixty seconds chances fell at both ends; Hungerford having a strike blocked at close quarters before Jason Prior would have a header saved in the subsequent attack. The rapid paced, forward-thinking start would be quickly adopted by Wanderers, particularly through central midfield, and they would go on to play in the same vein and produce a number of great opportunities throughout the first half.

Like the previous league game against Bath City , they found themselves up against a keeper in inspired form throughout the contest. Inside the opening quarter of an hour stopper Luke Cairney got down well to claw away James McShane's glancing header after seeing it late, before advancing from goal swiftly to close down Jimmy Muitt after Prior had dummied the through ball effectively in the build up to allow the winger through one-on-one.

The Wanderers No9 went very close with a couple of headers over the top, having another one then cleared off the line, before forcing Cairney into a sharp reaction save after meeting Muitt's low cross with a tidy flick at the near post. The striker then headed off the top of the bar, and increasingly it looked like it might be 'one of them nights' for Wanderers in front of goal.

Just as a succession of balls searching for Prior weren't quite coming off in the run up to half-time, Wanderers made the breakthrough with a few minutes of the half to spare. Kane Wills measured aerial ball was taken down with precision by Luke Moore in the area after making a good run, and the midfielder kept his composure to hold on to the ball and slide it across to McShane, who slotted home from the middle of the area.

Half-Time: Dorking 1 Hungerford 0

Wanderers picked up where they left off after the restart, Callum Kennedy's precise free kick from wide finding Prior at the back stick, but the bold Cairney was equal to his sliding effort.

A minute later, McShane bagged his and Wanderers second of the night. The ball was worked over to the right side of the area, Wes Fogden's flick across goal looking like it might just head into the far corner, McShane making absolutely sure, following in from close range.

'The Crusaders' rarely troubled the Dorking goal throughout the opening 45, but following the second goal they did carve out a couple of opportunities to test Huk in the space of a minute; Mike Jones drilling a low shot which was turned round the post, ahead of Ryan Seager channelling his inner Wayne Rooney with a chip from distance, forcing Huk to back track and punch over.

With the attacking momentum fading and focus shifting towards managing the game, the final twenty minutes saw Wanderers threaten more through the counter and particularly via sub Matt Briggs, the rapid winger pulling back for McShane who couldn't quite the ball out of his feet to get a shot off after taking up a good position just inside the area. The duo linked again moments later in similar fashion, McShane this time hooking his effort first time towards goal, the ball bouncing off the inside of the post and away - the hat-trick just not to be.

In the midst of those efforts he and Fogden combined sumptuously through the middle to release Prior, who after successfully rounding the advancing Cairney had his strike blocked on the line for the second time in the game.

Sub Jake Evans nearly made an instant impact hitting the bar from distance with his first touch after coming on, and Seager would hit the back stantion with his free kick from the edge of the area, the Dorking back line continuing to work hard to keep 'The Crusaders' reduced to efforts from distance, seeing out the game to advance to the next round.

Marc White spoke to Gary Pascoe after the game:

'Great performance, fantastic first half, more like the Wanderers we know. I felt like we tired in the second half having put the work into the game (having not played recently). Did the things we spoke about - more robust, winning second balls. But for the Hungerford keeper we would have been out of sight, no disrespect to them. Shame we didn't get the third goal because that would have settled the second half.'

Daniel Stobbart

Dorking Wanderers (3-5-2): 1 Slav Huk, 2 Isaac Philpot, 5 Ed Harris, 7 Jimmy Muitt, 9 Jason Prior (c), 11 James McShane, 12 Callum Kennedy (3 Sam Beard 78'), 15 Kane Wills, 16 Nicky Wheeler (8 Matt Briggs 64'), 18 Luke Moore, 23 Wes Fogden (20 Dan Gallagher 78')

Unused Subs: 4 Sami El-Abd, 19 Giuseppe Sole, 21 Ben Dyett, 22 Barry Fuller

Goals: McShane 43', 49'

Yellow Cards: Prior 90+'

Hungerford Town (4-4-2): 1 Luke Cairney, 2 Louis McGory, 5 Keith Emmerson, 6 James Rusby (c), 7 Mike Jones (8 Callum Willmoth 66') , 9 Ryan Seager, 12 Jack Evans, 16 Andre Burley, 17 Harrison Bayley, 18 Jordan Edwards (14 Jake Evans 66'), 19 Luke Hopper (11 Craig Fasanmade 78')

Unused Subs: 3 Cutis Angell, 4 Matt Partridge, 10 James Harding

Yellow Cards: McGory 31', Jones 37', Jack Evans 56', Willmoth 90+'

Ref: Steven Hughes

Sponsors Man Of The Match: James McShane

Stats: (provided by Olly Wyse @Olly_Wyse)

Dorking                       Bath

     2               Goals                0

     12     Shots (on target)    6

     8      Shots (off target)      3

     7          Corners              4

     9            Fouls.               11

     35          Crosses.              11

  1                Offsides              2

  1              Yellow Cards          4

  0           Red Cards              0

  60%          Possession            40%