First Team
FA Trophy Fourth Round Sat 13 January Stadium
Macclesfield FC
  • Owolabi (28', 60')
  • Curran (45')
  • Dawson (64')
  • Duffy (70')
Dorking Wanderers

Dan Gallagher, Bobby-Joe Taylor and Jason Prior were welcomed back to the starting line up as the three changes to the side narrowly defeated by Oldham last weekend. B team captain Joel Brown, who came on in the late stages of the last round against Maidenhead United, and goalkeeper Isaac Ogunseri were both named in the matchday squad.

After a positive opening period in the game which saw Wanderers control the lion-share of possession, the contest began to get away from Marc White’s side in the latter stages of the first half.

Male had made an outstanding double save just past the quarter-hour to deny Babatunde Owolabi one-on-one before then preventing the rebound from Kane Drummond crossing the goaline at point blank range.

Bobby-Joe Taylor had found Prior with a couple of crosses but the Wanderers striker was unable to direct his respective headers on target, and it was Owolabi who would grab the opening goal on 28 minutes; turning on the afterburners to get past Gallagher and enter the penalty area before sending an effort across goal, the ball this time adjudged to have crossed the line after deflecting towards goal via a player in orange and coming back off the post.

Alex Bruce’s side kept the pressure on right at the end of the half, a couple of strikes well shut-down by the Wanderers back-line before The Silkmen managed to double their advantage entering stoppage time. Male committed himself to winning the ball in the air but was unsuccessful, and on the cover in behind Gallagher brought the lively Drummond to ground, referee Richard Aspinall not hesitating in pointing to the spot. Alex Curran stepped up, and despite Male saving his initial effort, the Macclesfield skipper was able to tap home the rebound.

H/T: 2-0

Marc White refreshed his options shortly after the restart with the introduction’s of George Francomb and Tom Blair, but the hosts remained in the ascendancy, continuing to counter and drive forward at a rapid pace, and extended the lead by making it 3-0 on the hour. Tre Pemberton fired a strike marginally wide from a Drummond cut-back before the attacking midfielder then turned provider for Owolabi to net his second of the afternoon, beating Male in the air to his hooked cross into the six yard box.

The central midfielder’s then combined for The Silkmen’s fourth of the afternoon scored just minutes after the third, John Rooney’s corner ball nodded downward and into goal by Paul Dawson.

Wanderers woes were compounded further not long afterwards with Luke Moore given a straight a red card for a challenge off the ball, the midfielder only on the field of play for several minutes after coming on as the third substitute.

And just a couple of minutes later Luke Duffy made it five, gathering the ball on the left side of the penalty area and bending a low effort into the bottom corner.

Owolabi’s bid for a hat-trick was thwarted twice in the late stages as Male again stood up well to the striker in a one-on-one, before saving his second penalty kick of the afternoon, getting down low to Owolabi’s firmly struck effort after Hollis brought Dawson to ground, the ball this time pushed away from any danger of a rebound.

Post-match Marc White described the result as ‘the worst in Wanderers history’, and will no doubt be looking for a very quick response from his players this Tuesday as National League action returns with a visit to York City in 19:45 kick off at The LNER Community Stadium.


Macclesfield FC (4-2-3-1): 1 Dylan Berry, 2 Tre Pemberton, 4 Andrew Baker, 5 Laurent Mendy, 3 Brandon Lee; 6 Paul Dawson, 10 John Rooney; 7 Kane Drummond, 9 Alex Curran (c) (15 Luke Murphy 83′), 11 Luke Duffy (17 Alex Hurst 76′); 8 Babatunde Owolabi (12 Neil Kengni 83′)

Unused Subs: 13 Conor O’Keefe, 14 Lewis Fensome, 16 Sam Heathcote, 23 Freddie Savage

Goals: Owolabi 28′, Curran 45′, Owolabi 60′, Dawson 64′, Duffy 70′

Yellow Card: Dawson 45+3′

Dorking Wanderers (3-5-2): 1 Harrison Male, 22 Barry Fuller (c), 20 Dan Gallagher, 19 Haydn Hollis; 3 Bobby-Joe Taylor, 4 Dan Pybus (37 George Francomb 46′), 6 Niall McManus, 17 Josh Taylor, 30 Seb Bowerman (29 Tom Blair 54′); 16 Charlie Carter, 9 Jason Prior (18 Luke Moore 62′)

Unused Subs: 12 Callum Kennedy, 24 Harry Ottaway, 46 Joel Brown, 49 Isaac Ogunseri (GK)

Yellow Card: Gallagher 44′, McManus 56′, Taylor 80′

Red Card: Moore 68′

Referee: Richard Aspinall

Att: 1833 (114 Wanderers Fans)

Man Of The Match: Kane Drummond (Official Home Selection)