Manager Paul Hughes unsurprisingly stuck with the same starting XI that had dished out an 8-1 drubbing to Wimborne Town a few days earlier and his United charges were soon chasing an opener against another Dorset side as Dorchester Town visited the SKYex.
With just three minutes played a miscued clearance by Magpies stopper Jack Bycroft was cut out by Elis Watts who advanced into the box on the right side, his deep cross picked out Francis Amartey who played the ball back into the box and having been half cleared Amos Nasha collected it just inside and planted a curling shot beyond Bycroft only for his effort to come back off the crossbar.
Around the ten minute mark United did break the deadlock. Omar Rowe played a slide rule pass to the feet of Moses Emmanuel just inside the area with the United striker being pulled to the ground by Ashley Wells as he tried to turn goalwards with referee Martland awarding United a penalty while also cautioning the offending player. Emmanuel dusted himself down and fired the ball past Bycroft even though the ‘keeper went the right way, the kick placement was too accurate and the hosts led.
With fairly little coming from the visitors going forwards it was United who almost had another on 16 minutes when Rowe and Jack Williams combined on the left with the latter firing the ball across to Amos Nasha who chested it down to Emmanuel but his curling effort went the wrong side of the post.
Ravan Constable in the United goal was called into action in the 25th minute as Tom Soares found Olaf Koszela in the United area, the strikers’ shot being held by comfortably by the 'keeper.
After a rare glimpse at the United goal it was back onto the back-foot for the Magpies as we approached the half hour mark. Cole Brown, Watts and Nasha all worked the ball down the flank with the latter’s cross being met with an off target diving header from Emmanuel.
Two minutes later Watts and Nasha again combined to pick out Emmanuel, this time the striker’s header drew a find save from Bycroft who was also quick enough to get his fingertips to the loose ball to push it away from his goal as United bodies closed in.
In the 36th minute a sublime forward pass from the outside of Jack Connors boot picked out Amartey on the left side, the striker flying past his markers as he moved into the box before firing past Bycroft to double United’s advantage.
The half closed out with a brace of half chances for the visitors, Koszela curled the ball wide of the post from the edge of the box before hitting a low angled shot soon after that Constable held easily and the half closed with United two goals to the good.
The second half took a while to get going with barely a chance in the first fifteen minutes although right on the hour mark Nasha showed some nifty footwork inside the Magpies “D” before letting fly with a shot that was well blocked by former United defender Callum Buckley.
In the 70th minute a Watts corner was only cleared s far as Charlie Wassmer 15 yards from goal, his goalbound drive being cleared off the line by the well placed George Calverley thus denying the returning United man his first goal for the club.
United continued to dominate proceedings, Brown collected the ball on the right and tried his luck but Bycroft was equal to his effort before Nasha set up a chance for Emmanuel who saw his shot blocked over the top by Buckley.
Now in to the final five minutes, Amartey hit a shot on the turn that was brilliantly turned over by Bycroft but the Magpies stopper could do nothing after 88 minutes as Amartey out-stripped the Magpies defence before coolly slotting home his 22nd of the season thus taking his partnership with Moses Emmanuel to 50 goals between them for the campaign.
Stoppage time brought no further goals but it did bring a second caution for Wells with the obligatory red card following.
Report by Kevin Watts.
Photos by Stacio Fernandes ©.
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