About Match

It’s Boxing Day and a big clash between two sides hoping to get into the playoff positions come the end of the season. Paul Doswell makes two changes since our last trip to Eastbourne, with Passley and Roberts returning to the line-up in the place of Read and Collins. Alex Wall returns to the squad for the first time since picking up an injury against Torquay. The squad lined up in a 4-3-3 formation.

An abysmal first half for the Hawks began when Rutherford nodded the home side ahead.

Paul Rooney took down Rutherford who got his shot away, but the play was brought back and a penalty was given. Prior converted it to put Wanderers 2-0 up in five minutes.

Things got worse for the Hawks as Rutherford set up midfielder McManus who slotted the ball past Mannion to make it three.

Not long after, Dorking Wanderers made it 4-0 with a goal from former Hawks man Rutherford who got his brace. That brace soon turned into a hat trick when his clean strike bounced through Mannion’s legs to finish the half 5-0 to Dorking Wanderers.

The Hawks needed a big second half, they came out with their heads high and looked to lower the deficit. An over the top ball fell to Rutherford who could play through Prior and that duo once again proving difficult to handle, it was six.

Briggs and Muitt were the seventh and eight scorers as a disastrous Boxing Day ends Dorking 8, Hawks 0.



 A quick start as Mannion is called for a double save, before former Hawks man Rutherford nods in Dorking’s first within the first two minutes. The free-kick came in from the half-way line and it fell to Rutherford who is the man to take the lead.

Chaos unfolded as a mistake in the middle led to Rutherford being one-on-one against Mannion, whose shot was saved but was taken down in the process. Prior converted the penalty. The Hawks had a mountain to climb within just five minutes.

Jamie Collins replaced James Roberts to return to a back four after Paul Rooney was sent off.  It wasn’t long before Dorking got their third, Rutherford made a darting run and squared the ball to McManus, who poked it past Mannion.

As if it could not get any worse for the Hawks, Rutherford scored a fourth for Dorking. Jake Andrews lined up a free-kick but it was finger tipped away by Lincoln. Rutherford secured his hat trick against his former side and added a fifth to the score before half time, striking the ball through the legs of Mannion. Prior tested the keeper from the half-way line but it was wide.

HT – Dorking 5, Hawks 0

Mannion was called to make a save as he makes a point-blank save do deny Prior. Abdulai Baggie replaced Jake Andrews. Prior came back to haunt Mannion though, the ball once again going over the top to play through Rutherford who passed it across goal to allow Prior to tap it in. Prior made it six.

Mannion saved a deflected shot from Prior as it bounced off of Jamie Collins but the shot stopper stood strong and caught the deflected effort. Alex Wall returned from injury, replacing Scott Rendell.

 Muitt almost makes it seven for Dorking as his strike smacks the outside of the post, before Briggs turned it into seven with a cool finish. It is too easy for Muitt who turns seven into eight with a headed effort. McCarthy cannot get a consolation goal just before the full time whistle. A disastrous result is one to be forgotten.

 FT- Dorking 8, Hawks 0

Hawks XI: Mannion, Passley, Oastler, McCarthy, Rooney, Newton, Gobern, Rendell, Wright, Roberts, Andrews

Hawks Subs: Wall, Clifford, Baggie, Read, Collins

Dorking XI: Lincoln, Briggs, Prior, Rutherford, Macmanus, Wheeler, Taylor, Cheadle, Gallagher, Fuller, Oldaker

Dorking Subs: Taylor, El-Abd, Muitt, Wills, Moore

Written by Adam Nixon