A Winning Start at Home for Lunn and Coffey
Legendary Dorking striker Steve Lunn came away with a home win at the first time of asking as he returned to take charge of the Chicks along with Under 18 coach Simon Coffey.
Any suggestion that the players would be unsettled by the managerial change or recent announcement about restructuring senior football in the town with Dorking Wanderers were quickly dispelled as Lunn and Coffey's youthful team turned in one of their most committed performances of the season to take the points against Cobham.
The game was played at a frantic pace with both sides looking to play passing football, moving the ball quickly on the good quality Westhumble pitch.
It was Cobham who enjoyed the clearest early chances - a header from 6 yards glanced over the bar the best of the opportunities - but fortune favoured the Chicks in the 17th minute. Dan Roberts came out of the Cobham goal to meet a loose ball outside the area, but miscontrolled it into the path of Dorking forward James Herouvin, who took full advantage by returning it first time past Roberts and into the Cobham net for a 1-0 lead.
The visitors reacted well and enjoyed a strong attacking spell but were met with a determined Dorking back line who were invariably first to the ball - Jimmy Brazil making a bid for modern-day legendary status at right back, alongside Paul Gough and Matt Finn, with left back Darrell Mothee enjoying possibly his best game of the season so far.
Even so, it took a superb last ditch intervention from Mothee just before half time to preserve the lead - the Chicks' defender clearing the net bound ball over the bar from just two yards out, while facing his own goal.
The second half was finely balanced, with the visitors again having the clearest openings before the impressively hard working midfield duo of Andy Miller and Will Hearn began to drive Dorking forward once more. A driving run on the left wing by Luke Longhurst and some searching balls by Jimmy Brazil posed an attacking threat.
At the other end, Chicks' keeper Charlie McTigue wa visibly growing in assurance and produced some fine stops, while the slightest of deflections denied Cobham defender Anthony Nazareth on 76 minutes as his fierce goalbound strike from outside the box was diverted on to the post.
With ten minutes remaining and Cobham getting closer to an equaliser, the Dorking second goal arrived just in time. A fine ball from deep in midfield set Ryan Lunn free wide right and how low cross eluded keeper and defender for Will Hearn to turn into the net at the far post and seal the win.
Although Cobham may consider they had enough chances to get something from the game, no one would deny a win was deserved for the fully committed Chicks and their new management team of Lunn and Coffey. And with five teenagers in the starting line up, including a good home debut for youth team player Aidan Torpey and U18 Callum Agent also coming off the bench for his first home game, the current Dorking production line of local talent looks set to continue for some time yet.
Dorking will be back in home league action on Saturday 4th March, when they welcome Bagshot to Westhumble for a 3pm kick off.
Dorking FC: McTigue, Brazil (Knight 75), Mothee, Finn, Gough, Torpey, R Lunn, Miller (c), Herouvin (Agent 86), Hearn, Longhurst (Stantoan-Cockle 70)
Sub not used - A Watts