The Yellows unbeaten league run came to an end as a goal from The Magpies four minutes from time gave them a well deserved and first win of the season.
The Yellows named an almost unchanged side from those that won mid-week at Yate. Lewis Williams returned in goal following a minor injury and Chris Shephard returned to the starting eleven.
I know it’s a cliche but this really was to be a game of two halves, Tiverton certainly starting brighter but Dorchester looked prepared, never giving the visitors the time or space to play the ‘pass and move’ football we have begun to enjoy. An early shot from Bastin from distance that flew just wide looked to be a good indication of things to come but really this was the closest chance. Bastin again involved on around 33’ crossing the ball for Fletcher to tap in but correctly ruled off-side.
Dorchester will wonder how they didn’t lead at half-time when ex-Yellows forward Tom Bath was played in by Blair but dragged his shot wide.
The Yellows got the second half underway but an unchanged side looked a different team. Certainly The Magpies looked brighter and sharper creating much more threat going forward. Dorchester first going closest when Blair was brought down on the edge of the area and the resulting free-kick just wide.
Jordan Lam and Jared Lewington provided fresh legs and moments later Jared was unlucky when a long ball from Lewis Williams found him in the box but headed straight at Buse.
Blair continued to be a threat for Dorchester, first on 70’ shooting just high on the edge of the area then again on 80’ a super save from Williams to deny him.
It seemed that neither side would find the breakthrough and a point a piece would be the end result until substitute Kpama Ngoy cut in off the right and fired home to give The Magpies their first win of the season.
Late into injury time the Yellows could have drawn level as new loan signing Diabate climbed highest but his header went wide off the post and fair to say would have been harsh on Dorchester who certainly looked the sharper and more threatening side of the afternoon.
Lewis Williams, Kyle Egan, Craig Woodman, Louis Morison, Michael Peck, Neil Martin (Cheick Diabate 78), Chris Shephard (Jordan Lam 58), Dan Hayfield, Jordan Bastin, Alex Fletcher, Andy Watkins (Jared Lewington 58).