Eastbourne Borough conceded two late goals and suffered an agonising defeat on the opening day of the new football season.
Borough played superbly for 80 minutes and had a one-goal lead, courtesy of a James Walker strike, to show for their efforts but an 86th minute equaliser from Dorchester was followed by a winner deep in injury time.
Tommy Widdrington’s side dominated the first half with Josh Scowen enjoying the best of the early opportunities.
It remained scoreless at break but new signing Charles Ademeno came on for David Knight in the second period and made a telling contribution. It was his cross that found Walker in the box who nipped in and fired into the roof of the net.
Boro’ looked comfortable but on 86 minutes skipper Ollie Rowe conceded a freekick on the edge of the box. Dorchester’s Elliot Ward curled in the resultant set-piece to level the scores.
Disaster struck soon after as the visitors conceded a poor goal as James Reid lifted the ball over goalkeeper Danny Potter’s reach to claim all three points for home side.
Boro’ boss Widdrington said, “I’m not going to dress it up, we lost and obviously I’m gutted. But I’m not going to rant and rave at the lads, there were a lot of positives and everyone there will know we should have won.”
Dorchester: Matthews, Bell (Ward 72), Wannell (Morgan 45), Clough, Walker, Jermyn, Crittenden (Malsom 70), Nichols, Watson, Reid, Martin.
Unused Subs : Symes, Floyd
Boro: Potter, Hamilton, Rowe, Uddin, Cole, Gorman, Johnson (Shephard 63), Scowen, Walker, Knight (Ademeno 57), Hart.
Unused Subs: Baker, Turpin, Jordan
booked: Scowen Y
Ref : Mr C Brook
Attendance : 447