Basement club Dorchester dent Borough’s play-off hopes

Tommy Widdrington and Darren Baker
Tommy Widdrington and Darren Baker

A fine second half strike from Sam Lanahan saw basement side Dorchester celebrate an away victory against play-off chasing Eastbourne Borough.

With a stiff wind at their backs Borough enjoyed the lion share of possession in the first half.

But a combination of sloppy passing from the home side and resolute defending from Dorchester kept chances to a minimum.

The best opportunity to open the scoring came after 30 minutes.

Ex-Birmingham City youth player Jack Deaman delivered an inviting ball in from the left. Simon Johnson flicked the cross on and full back Sam Cole, back in favour at Priory Lane after his loan spell at Lewes, powered a firm header on to the post.

For large chunks of the first period Dorchester were camped in their own half but on the occassions they did foray forward, they attacked with purpose.

Winger Charlie Lossasso provided a useful outlet on the left and he caused a few problems for Borough right back Lewis Tallack.

In the 43rd minute it was his good run and cross that teed-up Jack Twyford however, his flashing header across the goal was an inch wide of the far post.

After the interval and now assisted by the elements, Dorchester began brightly and Nick Crittenden tested Craig Ross in the Borough goal with a fizzing effort that Ross gathered in safely low to his right.

The all-important break through arrived on 50 minutes. Ross’ clearance following a Dorchester corner held up in the wind and bounced off the back of Simon Johnson’s head who was running away from goal just inside the halfway line.

The ball fell nicely to Sam Lanahan and he took full advantage. He easily wrong-footed Tallack on the edge of the box and then curled an excellent effort beyond the dive of Ross and into the bottom corner.

Veteran Gary Hart was thrown into the action to replace Deaman - the defender hadn’t fully recovered having picked up an injury in the first half.

Striker Darren Lok, so often a match winner from the bench, offered fresh legs upfront to relieve the hard-working Elvis Hammond and full back Cole was given licence to bomb forward at every opportunity as Borough desperately attempted to improve their attacking options.

Giant centre half Ian Simpemba headed a cross just wide after a brief spell of pressure but it was Dorchester who came closest to the next goal as Twyford’s left-footed effort from the edge of the box drifted just wide.

Four minutes of stoppage time was added on. Borough did lump a couple of hopeful balls into the box, none of which troubled the under-worked visiting ‘keeper Alan Walker-Harris.

The whistle blew, a small but noisy Dorchester contingent celebrated a rare victory on the road while Borough fans headed for the exits grumbling about the wind, the rain and a poor performance from their side.

Borough assistant Darren Baker was sent out for press duties as Tommy Widdrington voiced his disapproval to players in the home dressing room.

Baker said, “It was frustrating for us as we came into this game on the back of two good results. We simply didn’t get going today and we have missed an opportunity push ourselves into that play-off mix.”

Dorchester striker Warren Byerly added, “We worked very hard today. We created some decent chances and were good value for the three points.”

Eastbourne Borough: Ross, Tallack, Gorman, Cole, Simpemba, Watts,

Derry, Raymond, Hammond (Lok 62), Johnson, Deaman (Hart 52)

Subs not used: Aldred, Levy, Rowe.

Mom: Sam Cole

Booked: Raymond

Dorchester: Walker-Harris, Case, Smeeton, Jermyn, Walker, Lanahan, Twyford, Gleeson, Crittenden, Byerley (Munday 90), Lossasso.

Booked: Case

Subs not used: Makoni, Ward, Way, Brooks

Referee: R Atkin

Att: tbc