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Sat 11 Feb 14:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Division 1 Full time

Lunn and Coffey Take Positives

Despite defeat, Dorking's new management team of Steve Lunn and Simon Coffey had plenty of positives to take from their first game in charge.

In truth, the scoreline was harsh on their young Chicks side, which matched Sheerwater for the first half and only ran out of steam later in the game.

With injury and absences denying Dorking a number of this season's regular starters, Steve and Simon brought in local centre back Steve Harcombe, and maintained the club's policy of promoting youth team players, with a debut for U18 midfielder Aiden Torpey.

The signs looked ominous in the second minute when a Sheerwater free kick wide left bounced through the penalty box completely unchallenged, and straight into the far corner of the Chicks' net, giving the hosts the simplest of early leads.

But the much-changed and youthful Dorking side steadily found their feet in the game with Torpey, Andy Miller and Will Hearn, returning on loan from Dorking Wanderers, looking busy in midfield.

Chances began to appear. Hearn hit a ball from deep, putting Ryan Lunn behind the defence wide right, but his inviting cross just eluded Miller and James Herouvin, while strikes from Miller and Torpey rose over the bar.

Meanwhile, with Harcombe looking impressive in defence alongside U18 graduate Will Conroy, Sheerwater were largely restricted to long-range shots. When the hosts struck from closer range, Chicks' keeper Charlie McTigue got down smartly to his right to hold the 10 yard effort on the line.

Dorking deservedly drew level a minute before the break as Torpey played in James Herouvin, who broke free of the defence before keeping his cool to place the ball under the Sheerwater keeper into the far corner of the goal.

It was Sheerwater who enjoyed the best of the game after the break, but Dorking were resolute in defence, with a work rate that will have impressed the new management team. It took until the 74th minute, and a moment of great quality, for Sheerwater to breach the Chicks' back line - a chipped ball into the box leaving Robbie Wilson with a simple one-on-one to retake the lead.

With Dorking playing their first game for more than a month, players were visibly tiring as Sheerwater grabbed a third on 83 minutes.

But despite the defeat, Steve Lunn and Simon Coffey will have been pleased with the attitude shown by their young side in a battling performance with chances still being created up to the final whistle, even when the game was, in all likelihood, out of reach.

Dorking return home to Westhumble this Saturday, when they host Cobham FC, kicking off at 3pm.

Dorking FC: McTigue, Brazil (Agent 65), Webber (Knight 57), Conroy, Harcombe, Torpey, R Lunn, Miller, Herouvin, Hearn, Stanton-Cockle (Bouzida 81)
Sub not used: Cox

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Ash United 34 44
13. Frimley Green 34 38
14. South Park Reserves 34 29
15. Dorking 34 25
16. Farleigh Rovers 34 23
17. Cove 36 17
18. Epsom Athletic 34 9

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