Both Dorchester Town and Bridport were dumped out of the Dorset Senior Cup at the quarter-final stages.
Dorchester were beaten 2-0 at Cutbury by Wimborne Town after which manager Steve Thompson was critical of his team’s performance, saying there could be “no excuses” for the result.
It was goalless at half time, but a good move involving brothers Luke and Toby Holmes resulted in the latter giving the host Magpies the lead. Toby, who had a brief spell at Dorchester, then added a second with a subtle lob over Chris Weale, and although sub Ed Ba- stick struck the crossbar late on for the county town, there was no way back.
There was some good news for Thompson in that the club has extended the loan of Plymouth Argyle’s Callum Rose for another two months, and Mo Baghdadi from Bristol Rovers until December 23rd.
Bridport, in fine form of late, and conquerors of Weymouth 2-0 in the last round, found the boot on the other foot this time as they were beaten 3-1 at Cockrams by Wessex Premier Leagues side Shaftesbury.
Jake Mitchell gave the hosts a half-time lead before Leighton Thomas equalised a minute after the break with a shot that deflected over the keeper. However, Mitchell restored the Rockies lead midway through the half before a frantic finish that saw manager Adam Fricker red carded for perceived foul and abusive language when questioning a foul on Richard Hebditch, before keeper Jason Hutchings was also shown a straight red a minute from time for a foul outside the penalty area from which Ashley Clarke scored from the resulting free kick.
Portland United safely negotiated their tie with Verwood Town, languishing near the bottom of the Wessex League Division One, to prevent a hat-trick of upsets.
It did look a possibility when Lee Sharpe hooked the ball into his own net to give the Potters the lead in the 15th minute, but good work between Alex Godfrey and Jamie Beasley saw the former equalise before the break.
Beasley gave the Blues the lead in the second half, collecting a through ball before crashing it home, and a minute after replacing him, Alex Halloran added a third before setting up Godfrey for his second of the night.
Although Verwood scored a consolation two minutes from time through Joe Kimber, it was too late to stop Portland, who last lifted the trophy 51 years ago, moving into the semi-finals.