That really is utter balderdash!
Arguably worse than the draw against Telford in 2008.
Telford was at least sort of justified, as the "South-East Hat" looked potentially light on decent teams. Only a couple of the dozen or so Connie South sides won their initial ties on the Saturday and a surfeit of "gimmes" for Ryman Premier teams would've seen discontent Oop North. The FA decided on a "South-East & Midlands Hat."
There's no justification for this schlep at all. There are at least a dozen, arguably thirteen or fourteen, "South-West Hat" balls in that draw. They should have gone in their own bag.
Cracking day out, though!
Re: Dorchester Away!
Warning: The turnstiles are among the most narrow you will encounter, even worse than the ones at Dulwich.
I've not been to Dorchester Town... yet, but I'll be astounded if the 'stiles are as narrow as those at Cappielow Park, which are easily the narrowest I've ever encountered. No wonder Morton don't attract fans from Glasgow.
It's a three-hour-plus journey from Waterloo; slightly quicker from Paddington, though trains from there are less frequent and you'll have to change.
The "cheap" day return fare is £58.10.
There is a bus replacement service on the Winchester to Southampton section of line on Saturday 11th, so it would be prudent to use trains that dive south early and head along the coast - avoiding the bus replacement. The trains not involving a bus replacement section all leave at "05" minutes past the hour.
For those in chronic need of a day on the sauce, there are one-way tickets for £19.40 on the 08:05 departure from Waterloo, arriving into Dorchester South 11:12.
It's £23.60 on the 9:05, 10:05 and 11:05 trains from Waterloo, arriving into Dorchester South at 12:12, 13:12 and 14:12 respectively.
Be aware that trains not leaving at "05" minutes past the hour will involve a bus replacement section.
The 11:00 departure from Paddington, arriving Dorchester West at 13:52, after a change at Westbury, has one-way tickets for £24.40.
As for return trains, those quick on their pins could risk the £14.00 single on the 17:13 from Dorchester South, arriving Waterloo at 20:27. I'd say it's six furlongs from ground to station.
£19.40 is the cheapest you'll get on the 18:13 and 19:13 trains from Dorchester South to Waterloo. The 19:13 is the last direct train back.
A return train journey from either Wellington or Telford Central to Dorchester, via changes at New Street & Temple Meads, will set you back an eyewatering £104. Considering Shrewsbury's no closer to Dorchester - I'd say it was slightly further away - it's a mickey-take that the Shrewsbury to Dorchester fare, via Newport, is £84.70.
hopefully the club will run a coach,if not i cant see that many people spending the amounts mentioned and our support will be diminished.only being a fortnight away doesnt leave much time to organize anything.i have tried various ways of getting there (even national express)and none are very cheap.
MegaBus... but please try to use the Club coach.
I've never used Megabus, so I know nowt about them.
Dorchester doesn't appear on their list of destinations, but it seems you can get a train one-way to Weymouth for £8 if you book with them. Most singles for that day are £11, but there's an £8 fare coming back as well. You'd still have to get a bus / train / lift from Paul Hutton for the 7 or 8 miles from Weymouth to Dorchester.
It uses SouthWest Trains services. A mite circuitous, via Poole & Bournemouth, but not a much longer journey time than the services I've listed above.
I've no idea how that Megabus deal works, as there are no £8 or even £11 fares to Weymouth showing as available on the Trainline site.
Anyhow... This game is important to the Club. It's a good draw, the game is worth £7,500 to the winner and a tie at Bristol Rovers may be lurking in the hat for the next round.
Dorchester is also a good day out.
Try to use the Club coach service if you can. As you are aware, the Club can't really afford to run coaches at a loss.
Right! I'm off to glory hunt somewhere. Could be the delights of Canvey Island or perhaps Biggleswade Town, who seem a club on the up.
Alan, I owe you a beer again, was all set to pay the £50ish for the train to Dorchester, but now gone on Megabus and booked the train to Weymouth for £26 return, with the on the day return from Weymouth-Dorchester priced at under a fiver.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a fan of coaches to football matches, mainly due to the drinking restrictions.
There is a strong possibility that about 10 of us will be meeting in the Railway Tavern which is directly opposite the station Paul. Watch this space. Decent chip shop also close by!
I arrive at Weymouth station at 12pm, so that would be perfect for me!
Re: dorchester away
I'm pleased to say the running of a coach is being looked into.
We'll announce details through the usual channels as soon as a decision has been made and a vehicle booked.
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