Chicks Offer Little Test for League Leaders
Clinical finishing was enough to give league leaders Banstead Athletic a comfortable victory against the Chicks in an otherwise drab game.
Steve Lunn fielded another exceptionally youthful side in his third game as Dorking manager but, despite some spirited defending, the Chicks rarely threatened as Banstead showed why they are odds on favourites to walk away with the the league championship this year.
It was always going to be a daunting task to contain the promotion contenders, and it became a little more difficult when Dorking were forced into a reshuffle as early as the 12th minute, experienced centre back Matt Finn limping off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by another in a long line of youth team graduates, Ollie Turner.
Still the Chicks stood firm, denying Banstead a meaningful goal scoring opportunity until the 21st minute, when a long ball was flicked on to Billy Frost who slotted it past the onrushing keeper, Charlie McTigue, for the opener.
From then on, as we to be expected, the home side dominated possession, it took a freak goal in first half added time for Banstead to extend their lead - on a blustery day, a Billy Frost corner was caught by the wind and swept straight into the Dorking net for a 2-0 lead.
With the swirling wind, the Chicks were playing too many balls in the air against a more physical side to enjoy much in the meaningful possession, but a resolute defensive performance still restricted the Banstead attack for the early part of a scrappy second half.
Nevertheless, a slick break and a cross from the right was turned into the net by former Dorking striker Martin Smith for a 3-0 lead on 70 minutes.
And the scoring was completed as the clock ticked up 90 minutes. A shot from outside the box was saved smartly by McTigue, but the ball fell to the feet of substitute Tayler Maddock, who gladly accepted the opportunity to blast it into the net and wrap up the game at 4-0.
So an away game that few would have expected Dorking to have much of a chance went according to form, but Steve Lunn knows his up-and-coming local players in the cockerel colours will have learned valuable lessons about the physicality needed to compete week-in, week-out in the Combined Counties League,
Dorking now begin a run of four home games in less than three weeks, starting with Bagshot FC who are the visitors at Westhumble on Saturday 4th March, kicking off at 3pm.
Dorking FC: McTigue, Knight, Stanton-Cockle, Conroy, Finn, Torpey, R Lunn, Miller (c), Herouvin, Hearn, Longhurst
Subs - Turner, Mother, Webber, Agent, Bouzida