Gillingham Town Reserves 1 - 6 Okeford United

Okeford recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season after a scintillating display away at Gillingham Town Reserves.

Okeford started well, creating the first chance of the game, but it was Gillingham who took the lead.  A free kick was awarded to the home team 25 yards out, which was heavily disputed by the Butterboys.  Reece Foster stepped up and curled the ball in to the top corner, giving Lee Gray in goal no chance.

This goal seemed to kick start Okeford and they began to dominate possession.  They got back on level terms with a goal from the excellent Marc Doble.  There was good work down the right from Doug Nelson, who found Luke Turk, playing his second game for the club having recently joined from Gillingham, in the box.  Turk then passed to Marc Doble with his back to goal, who turned to shoot past the keeper from 8 yards.

Okeford then took the lead, and it was again Doble who found the net from close range, after a free kick from Matt Salisbury was whipped in.  The home side complained of handball, but these protests were waved away by referee Ian Knauer.

Okeford continued their dominance in the second half, but there was always the threat of Gillingham scoring on the break.  Twice the home side hit the crossbar from range.  Okeford got the third goal to effectively kill off Gillingham on 60 minutes.  Matthew Jordan was put through one on one with the home keeper, and passed the ball into the bottom corner.

The visitors were now knocking the ball around with ease, and Doble sealed his hat trick with a neatly taken finish.  He advanced on to a pass from Olly Chaffey and slotted the ball past the keeper.  Okeford weren’t finished yet, and added two more before the final whistle.  Luke Turk grabbed his first goal for the club, hammering the ball into the goal off of the underside of the bar, and there was still time for Doble to round of the display with a free kick from 30 yards hammered into the bottom corner.

Okeford continue to move up the table, and face Sturminster Newton next in the first league match between the local rivals for many years.  It will also see the official opening of the pitch side barrier by the Chief Executive of the Dorset County Football Association Mrs Sue Hough.

GK Lee Gray  
LB Matt Salisbury  
CB Matt Drake  
CB Matt Hewitt  
RB Steve Tweedie  
LM Matt Jordan  (Jo Brickwood 75mins)
CM Daniel Jordan  
CM Olly Chaffey  
RM Doug Nelson (Ben Chaffey 65mins)
ST Luke Turk  (Sam Pike 85mins)
ST Marc Doble      
Sub Ben Chaffey  
Sub Jo Brickwood  
Sub Sam Pike