Dorchester Town put on a dominant display last night as they hosted Gosport Borough at the Avenue Stadium with Aaron Rodriguez netting a hat-trick in the win.
Bottom of the table Gosport were lacking experience in their side with two of their most experienced players missing. Jamie Brown was out injured and Luke King was unavailable. As Gosport’s boss Mick Catlin described the game as “men against boys”.
Dorchester got off to a cracking first half and had a host of good early chances. The Magpies finally broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when Rodriguez got the first goal of his night. Rodriguez got on the end of a delightful through ball and lifted the ball over the oncoming Lewis Watch.
Within minutes, Dorchester had doubled their lead when Ross Carmichael headed in from ex-Gosport player, David Jerrard’s corner.
Continuing to push, Dorchester established their hold on the game and essentially ended the game as a contest just before half time.
Rodriguez added his second goal in the 41st minute. Kyle Egan found Rodriguez and with a clever cut inside, Rodriguez fired past Watch.
Similar to the second goal, the Magpies hit Gosport again before they could recover. Jerrard turned from provider to goalscorer with a brilliant curling effort on 43 minutes.
The first half came to an end with Dorchester 4-0 up.
After the break the game continue with Dorchester pushing for more. Gosport tried their best to contain the Magpies but Rodriguez managed to get his third to complete the hat-trick in the 66th minute. Latching on to a through ball, Rodriguez cut inside and fired in for the Dorchester’s fifth goal.
Jerrard was provider again when he set up Dom Panasar-Dower in the 70th minute. Panasar-Dower curling shot found the back of the net to increase Dorchester’s lead.
Playing for pride, Gosport responded to cut the lead down with two goals within six minutes. In the 75th minute, Iffy Onwuachu scored Gosport’s first of the night when he fired past Chris Weale from Curt Watts’ cross.
Then as the final ten minutes approached, Max Smith’s clever finish added a second for Gosport.
The Magpies responded when captain, Gary Bowles added a seventh goal in the 89th minute to conclude the visitor’s misery.
Dorchester Town: Weale, Egan, Clarke, Storey, Carmichael, Bowles, Rodriguez, Winsper, Ormrod, Panesar-Dower, Jerrard. Substitutes: Lowes, Blair, Vance.
Scorers: Rodriguez x3, Carmichael, Jerrard, Panesar-Dower, Bowles
Gosport Borough: Watch, Page, Medway, Lis, Saidy, Sanders, Smith, Buse, Onwuachu, Woodward, Watts. Substitutes: May.
Scorers: Onwuachu, Smith
Referee: Lee Rutter (Poole)