Half-Time: Dorchester Town 2 Yeovil Town 0
Unsure what was in the half time drinks (bet it was oxo), but the Yeovil that came out, seemed to appear to be a completely different team. On 46 minutes Jamie Gosling replaced the ineffectual Shepherd, and moved into the middle of the park, which enabled Lindegaard to move out to the more favoured right. Edwards picked up the ball on the left and began to run at the defence, who dragged him down in full stride. A quickly taken free kick seemed to have gone wrong when it looked like it was heading straight to the Dorchester keeper, but from nowhere Lindegaard arrived like a whippet. Pushing the ball wide towards the bye line he somehow managed to turn on a sixpence and from the narrowest of angles put the ball into the back of the net. The impetus was now with Yeovil who were playing some fast flowing football, with the home keeper making some good saves from both Sebastiao and Edwards. The link play from back to front was becoming a pleasure to watch, and young Steven Reed was coming more and more into the game as the team grew with confidence.
On 60 minutes the hard working Taylor released Lindy down the right, who put in a hard low cross to the front post where Jackson met it superbly with the side of the foot on the volley. Before the keeper had time to react it was in the roof of the net and Yeovil were level.
On 62 minutes El Kholti replaced Edwards up front alongside Jackson. The interplay between the midfield and the forwards was a pleasure to the eyes, and the Dorchester defence were struggling to cope with the fast flowing football. On 78 minutes a great run by El Kholti resulted in a little shimmy past the keeper that left him on his backside, and Abdul coolly placed it into an empty net. Two minutes later and a ball into the Dorchester box caused chaos, as the young keeper came out for the ball. Brown headed away without looking, and the ball came to Jackson who headed it straight back into the empty net. |It was like watching pin ball. Yeovil continued to play some fancy football, with Dorchester only respite being long kicks up fields from their defence. Time and time Yeovil came back at them. On 85 minutes a ball into the box from Patchet found Jackson who coolly laid it off to Lindegaard who was in acres of space. With time to look around, (and probably have a cup of oxo), he confidently scissor kicked the ball over the keeper into the top right hand corner.
As the black clouds blew over the referee put both Dorchester and their fans out of their misery and blew the final whistle. On reflection it was a game of two halves: the first we were disjointed, with each player trying to impress rather than playing as a team; the second was an excellent exhibition of fast flowing football.
The match was obviously used by Gary to look at all those players who were trying to gain a contract from the club. Without going into individuals, some are certainly no better than what we already have, and the players who are currently on contracts played well especially in the second half. Reed has a great future. Gosling has a good football brain and will become a favourite of the supporters. Lindegaard reconfirmed that he can play out wide. And both El Kholti and Jackson gained some much needed confidence.
After all the ups and downs of the last 3 weeks, and with only two weeks before the big kick-off everything in the garden looks rosy, and let's all hope that as we head off to watch our first ever League game oop North in my homeland the lads do us proud and continue to play this attractive entertaining football.
This further report comes from Tim Lancaster:
LINDEGAARD SHINES AS TOBACCO MANS NIGHT GOES UP IN SMOKE
Dorchester Town 2 Yeovil Town 5
BAT goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot endured a torturous evening against
Town at the Avenue
stadium conceding five second-half goals in the space of thirty seven
minutes following his second-half introduction. The goalkeeper on
from The Southampton based Wessex League outfit (British Allied
stood no chance as Yeovil tore into 'The Magpies' to put behind them a
lacklustre first-half display.
Dorchester, playing up the slope in the first-half took a fifth minute
when Matt Groves crashed in a header from a Matty Holmes corner, the
coming down off the crossbar before Groves scored with his second
Yeovil were somewhat
disjointed with so many new faces in the side, although Adam Stansfield
free to test 'Magpies' custodian Mark Ormerod with a fiece drive midway
through the half
that was well saved. Former Wrexham and Telford United Striker Jake
then just failed with a looping header. Jose Sabastiao shone in the
period with some
close control and mazy runs, but too often the moves ended with
disapointment. The home side - who had crashed 3-0 to Combined
outfit AFC Winbledon at the weekend moved further ahead after thirty
minutes when ex-Bridport player Andy Harris got to the ball before
goalkeeper James Bittner to head into the far corner of the net.
The second-half saw Yeovil tear into their opponents who visibly lost
confidence following Andy Lindegaard's initial goal. Lindegaard won the
on the touchline and found the net from an acute angle in the
minute. The equaliser on the hour mark- although not as spectacular as
Kevin Galls against Brentford - could already run as a contender for
'Pre-Season' goal of the season as Lindegaard's pace saw him leave his
in his wake before crossing for Kirk Jackson to whip a volley into the
of the net from six yards. Eighteen minutes later Yeovil were ahead as
substitute Abdelhalim El-Kholti took the ball in his stride before
eliminating the oncoming goalkeeper to place a low shot into the net
just inside the penalty box.
Jackson netted his second goal in the eightieth minute to give Yeovil a
lead when he headed over a stranded Barfoot following a tussle for the
ball before Lindegaard clipped the ball home into the top of the net
five minutes remaining to delight the 400 travelling supporters in an
Stadium crowd of 755.