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Dorchester Town v Weston super Mare

Dorchester Town 1 - 2 Weston super Mare
22 Feb 2020 - 15:00The Avenue Stadium
Strikes from Chris Knowles and Mike Symons secured the Seagulls a 2-1 win away to Dorchester Town.

Isaac Pearce had the first shot of the afternoon from 25 yards which failed to trouble Shane Murphy, before the Seagulls took the lead.

Scott Laird laid the ball wide to Knowles, who took one touch and fired in from 25 yards as his shot beat Murphy for pace to put Weston one up.

Dorchester quickly hit back though when a long ball towards Kpama Ngoy, who knocked the ball down for Tom Bath to volley into the corner from 25 yards.

Ngoy had a chance for himself but headed a Jack Torniainen cross wide from six yards out.
A cross from Symons found the head of James Waite six yards out but his header forced a great reflex save from Murphy and the keeper was up to punch the loose ball clear. Blair then went close for Dorchester as he turned from a throw-in but his curling shot from 18 yards struck the base of the post and Weston could clear.

The Seagulls retook the lead when Pearce cut inside and fed Symons into the box. The striker turned onto his left foot and squeezed a shot in from a tight angle before wheeling away to celebrate.

Purnell’s long clearance in behind found Symons as the visitors looked for more goals but his shot was kept out by the feet of Murphy. Tiago Sa had a shot tipped over by Purnell as he broke into the box before a low effort from Waite 25 yards out was held by Murphy in the final action of the first half.

Pearce fired over from the edge of the area after playing a one-two with Symons before Sam Hendy had an effort from inside the area deflected behind for a corner. Former Seagull Jamie Laird had a header from a free-kick held by Purnell.

The Seagulls managed to see the game out comfortably as they picked up their third consecutive win in the league.

FT: Dorchester 1-2 Weston (Bath 18 – Knowles 15, Symons 40)

Weston XI: Purnell, Goodall, Laird (Griffith 84), Knowles, Parsons, Tindle (C), McCootie (Welch 80), Hendy, Symons, Waite, Pearce (Llewellyn 77). Unused substitutes: Jones, Eastwood.

MOTM: Chris Knowles