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Preview | Dorking Wanderers (A)

22 September 2023

Dorking Wanderers vs Rochdale AFC | Vanarama National League, Saturday 23rd September, Meadowbank Stadium, 3pm Kick-Off

It is the second of back-to-back long journeys south on Saturday, as we travel to Dorking Wanderers.

Jimmy McNulty’s men are unbeaten in three games, following 1-1 draws at Kidderminster Harriers and Boreham Wood, which sandwiched a 4-2 win at home to then league leaders Barnet.

ADMISSION DETAILS

Dale fans can pay on the day at Dorking, using cash or card. Please note, there is only one turnstile available for away fans, so arrive in plenty of time.

Click HERE for full ticket details.

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Louie Moulden is expecting an exciting game at the weekend.

Click HERE to watch his pre-match interview in full, or read what he had to say HERE.

THE OPPOSITION

Dale face new opposition for the sixth time in our first 11 games this weekend.

Dorking were only founded in 1999 but have earned 12 promotions in 23 seasons to reach National League level.

Co-founder and Chairman Marc White has also been the Manager throughout that time, achieving promotion to the fifth tier in 2022 and finishing 16th in their first season.

They are currently 12th in the table and are unbeaten in four, winning their previous two games 1-0 at FC Halifax Town and 3-1 at home to Wealdstone.

GROUND GUIDE

Dale fans can find a lot of visiting supporters’ information via Dorking’s website HERE.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Aaron Farmer will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his first season at National League level and his fifth match at the level.

Andrew Gray and Graham Swanton are assistant referees, with Joel Lamping as fourth official.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

Those fans based in the UK & Ireland can listen to live match commentary, whilst overseas supporters can watch live via the National League TV platform. Click HERE for full details.

There will also be live updates via the club’s official twitter account.

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Report | Dorking Wanderers 1-2 Dale

23 September 2023

Dale staged a remarkable stoppage time turnaround to secure all three points away to Dorking Wanderers.

Tom Blair put the hosts ahead just before the hour mark, but a 90th minute equaliser from Ethan Ebanks-Landell was followed by a dramatic 96th minute winner from Ian Henderson.

Jimmy McNulty made one change from Tuesday night’s draw at Boreham Wood, with Ian Henderson replacing Jesurun Uchegbulam, who was on the bench.

Dale won a free-kick in a dangerous a position inside the opening minute, but Tyrese Sinclair, who was the man fouled, was denied by a brave Dorking head in the wall.

James McShane had the hosts’ first effort of the game, volleying over from just inside the area, before Dale had a period of domination.

Harvey Gilmour had a shot blocked from the edge of the area, but Dale kept the move alive, and it led to Cameron John crossing for Gilmour, whose header was deflected narrowly wide.

From the resulting corner, Adam Clayton played a low ball towards Sinclair, but couldn’t make proper contact with his first-time effort and the hosts cleared.

Jimmy Keohane came inches away from opening the scoring after a quick Dale break, hitting his left foot effort just wide from 20-yards.

Another flowing counterattack from McNulty’s men led to Henderson playing a superb first-time ball behind the defence for Kairo Mitchell, who drove into the area before squaring for Sinclair, but superb defending from George Fraancomb saw him get back to turn the ball over his own bar.

Gilmour saw a shot from distance held low by Wanderers goalkeeper Harrison Male, before the hosts had the final two efforts of the half, as Tom Blair curled over, and substitute Ryan Seager had a low effort comfortably held by Louie Moulden.

After the break, a Clayton corner almost crept in as it flashed across goal, whilst Cameron John fired an effort well over.

It was more of an even second-half, with Moulden holding Jason Prior’s shot and Seager firing over, before Sinclair flashed an effort wide from 25-yards.

The home side broke the deadlock just before the hour mark. Blair received a diagonal ball out on the left and cut inside before firing home from 20-yards.

Dale responded with Mitchell seeing an effort deflected over and a close-range effort saved, following substitute Uchegbulam’s pull-back.

Ebanks-Landell headed off target and Clayton saw a free-kick tipped round the post by Harrison Male.

The Dorking stopper then held Keohane’s shot, before Moulden at the other end turned Seager’s volley wide of the upright.

Josh Taylor should have wrapped up the points for the hosts, but he blazed over from Matt Briggs’ pull-back, which would prove to be costly when Dale equalised in the 90th minute.

A free-kick into the Dorking area eventually fell for Ebanks-Landell, who calmly volleyed home from 12-yards.

Dale believed they could go on to get a winner and the hosts were reduced to ten men moments later, when Dan Pybus was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Sinclair.

McNulty’s men continued to push and in the 96th minute, Henderson’s poachers finish from Keohane’s shot sent the travelling supporters wild and earned a fifth win of the campaign.

Dale XI | Moulden, Keohane, Ebanks-Landell, Nevett, John (81’ Conway), Clayton, East (59’ Uchegbulam), Gilmour, Sinclair, Henderson (90+7’ Taylor), Mitchell.

Unused subs |McDermott, Oduroh.

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