Match Reports 2011/2012
Dorchester Town 3
Jon McDonald (Igoe, 60)
Steven Ramsey (Hopkinson, 76)
Scott Jones (Whyte, 90)
Ramsey (pen, 17)
Nichols (pen, 57)
Nichols (pen, 85)
Nick Crittenden (Symes, 87)
Report by Kevin Ricketts for the Sports Mail
FOUR goals by Steve Ramsey helped fire the Hawks to a convincing 6-3 win over 10-men Dorchester Town in an incident-packed game at The Avenue.
Ramsey gave the Hawks an easy lead before the home side were reduced to 10 men on 18 minutes for a deliberate hand ball. Ramsey scored from the spot and added two more after the break.
Ollie Palmer also grabbed a brace as the visitors gained a welcome win.
The Hawks gave a debut to new central defender Joe Dolan, who joined from Staines Town. He came straight into the line-up alongside the recalled Chris Holland. Ryan Woodford moved to full-back in place of Jake Newton, who is on international duty with Guyana. Sammy Igoe and Sam Pearce dropped to the bench.
The home side were managed by Pompey legend Alan Knight.
One absentee from the visitors; line-up was Craig Braham-Barrett, who has joined Sutton United for an undisclosed fee.
New boy Dolan was caught out in halfway in the first minute allowing Nick Crittenden to go clear down the right.
The ball was crossed to the far post where Sam Malsom sent a looping header which dropped over the bar.
The Hawks took the lead after just three minutes with a goal in curious circumstances. Palmer charged down goalkeeper Alan Walker-Harris’ clearance on the far edge of the area and the ball spun across the face of goal.
RAMSEY got ahead of his defender to volley the ball into the unguarded net.
The Hawks had another great chance when Holland’s downward header fell to Palmer six yards out, but the striker snatched at the effort and it went well wide.
The home side were reduced to 10 men on 17 minutes after a long throw from Jon McDonald caused chaos in the home area.
The goalkeeper failed to gather the ball and Palmer’s goalbound header was handled on the line by Rico Wilson.
The home player was shown a red card and RAMSEY calmly slid his spot-kick into the bottom corner past the diving keeper.
The Hawks tightened their grip with a third goal on 28 minutes. Chris Arthur burst down the left and delivered a low cross which evaded everyone, leaving PALMER to touch the ball home from point-blank range.
Ramsey went close again with a cheeky back-heel at the near post which the keeper just managed to keep out.
In the closing stages of the first half, Dorchester began to fight back.
The back-pedalling Lyle Beazley tipped over Mark Jermyn’s looping effort and Ashley Nicholls curled a low shot inches past the far upright.
Eleven minutes before the break the home side were rewarded for their efforts with an excellent goal from MALSOM. The ball fell to him on the edge of the box and he sent his half-volley high into the net.
On the stroke of half-time, the unmarked Nathan Walker headed wide when it was far easier to score.
Ramsey drilled a 25-yard free kick straight at the keeper in the first minute of the second period.
Walker-Harris’ nightmare in the home goal continued on 51 minutes when he gifted the Hawks another goal. The keeper sent his goal kick straight to PALMER, who ran on and easily fired his shot past Walker-Harris.
The home side refused to lie down and on 57 minutes they reduced the arrears from the penalty spot. Holland was adjudged to have handled a corner and Tom NICHOLS sent Lyall Beasley the wrong way with his spot kick.
A minute later, RAMSEY completed his hat trick with a low 25 yard shot just inside the post to make it 5-2.
RAMSEY easily notched his fourth goal on 67 minutes, collecting a poor clearance just inside the area and tiring it across the keeper.
Palmer was denied his hat trick by an excellent save before sub Sammy Igoe gave away a penalty two minutes from time and NICHOLS converted his second spot kick.