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Gillingham Town avoid Senior Cup upset with simple two-goal win

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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GILLINGHAM Town recorded a simple 2-0 win over Shaftesbury Town to book their place in the third round of the Dorset Senior Cup.

The Hardings Lane outfit of the Toolstation Western League took the lead against their Magna Dorset Premier League opponents when Lee Gale converted a penalty in the first half. A goal from Ashley Clarke after the break confirmed the victory.

Manager Adrian Foster was disappointed with the lack of ambition that Shaftesbury showed in the game and said: "They were never going to cause too many problems for us but it was frustrating because they just got everybody behind the ball. You would have thought they would want to play football and go for it and try to win the game. I was hoping it would be quite physical and end-to-end, but it was really boring.

"It was good for us to field a side of players who have not been involved as much lately. The cup gets more interesting when you progress and it was good to win."

The Gills travel to Barnstaple Town on Saturday in the Western League Premier Division and Foster believes his side must avoid complacency when they take on the troubled team which is propping up the league, with only two wins to their name this season.

"We were winning 4-1 against Wells City when they were second to bottom and they beat us 5-4," he said. "Every game is tough and we are going to go there and make sure complacency does not come into our game. We should really be too strong for them with the squad we have but we need to make sure of the result."

GERRY Pearson praised his team's performance for earning a battling 2-1 success in the Magna Dorset Premier League at Chickerell United.

Jon Delahaye nodded home Adam Clements' accurate cross to break the deadlock before United levelled. However, keeper Simon Bleazard's clearance soon after the restart found Clements who netted to take Tintinhull to sixth.

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