WTFC won 6-5 on Penalties
After Wimborne had missed an early penalty, Frome bagged three crucial points late on with a scrappy goal to end the Magpies’ unbeaten 4-game run.
With Toby Holmes fit to play, but not Matty Oldring, Manager Matty Holmes restored James Stokoe to his starting XI with Curtis Young dropping to the bench.
Frome’s captain and left-back, Sam Teale, had the first attempt at goal on 4 minutes when his drive from 20 yards whistled past Gerard Benfield’s right-hand post. Almost immediately Stokoe responded with a snap shot which, too, went wide of the target.
Three minutes later Luke Burbidge tricked his full-back to cross from the by-line, but Frome’s stand-in keeper, manager Danny Greaves, made an easy catch.
On 10 minutes Burbidge was up to his tricks again. This time deceiving centre-back Marcus Mapstone whose long leg brought him down. Referee Baker decided the offence took place just inside the box. After a lengthy delay, Greaves guessed right and clawed away Toby Holmes’ spot kick.
At the mid-point of the half, Burbidge’s 20-yard free-kick was wide and high; Franklyn Clarke cut in from the left on 38 minutes but his shot was at a comfortable height for Greaves; and Stokoe’s charge through the middle just before the break came to nothing.
Apart from that it was a dour 45 minutes on a heavy, clinging pitch with defences in control. The hosts could only muster 2 attempts on goal, neither on target.
The second period started brighter. Skipper Billy Maybury made a decisive challenge to deny Ryan Bath while at the other end Toby was just beaten to the ball in a goalmouth scramble. Lee Francis showed great determination to come through two tackles, and Toby drew another save from Greaves at the near post from an acute angle. Maybury’s audacious 30-yard grubber free-kick was blocked before Luke Holmes shot wide following a characteristic driving run.
On the hour mark Curtis Young replaced Toby and was immediately in the action. Sam Davidson brought the ball out of defence and found Young. The substitute made light of the difficult surface down the inside-right channel, scampered past a defender and forced Greaves to an excellent full-length save.
Following a corner, Frome’s Mapstone volleyed against the bar at the mid-point of the half; and Gerard Benfield made a fine diving save from Ollie Knowles before that crucial goal on 82 minutes.
From a throw-in on the left, Frome’s Johnny Gorman worked his way into the box where his low cross took a deflection to beat Benfield at the far post.
There was time for a flurry of Wimborne free-kicks which the home defenders dealt with, but after four added minutes the referee brought this disappointing game to an end.
This was not a game which will linger long in the memory. As the fifth game in a tiring fifteen days, this was not a surface the players would have relished. Time and again players were banging the sticky mud off their boots. But, of course, it was the same for both teams. Frome adapted to the conditions better, and celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle.
Wimborne: Benfield, Francis (Douglas 76), Penny (Shepherd 88), Davidson, Maybury, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes (Young 60), Burbidge, L.Holmes
Unused subs: Collins, Owen
Graham Dunn reporting.
Ground: Blandford School
Kick Off: 11am
Dorchester Town were held to a 1-1 draw as a battling Wimborne Town took a point from their Evo-Stik Southern Premier South clash at the Clayson Stadium.
Tom Blair gave the Magpies an eighth-minute lead, tapping home Aaron Rodriguez’s lay-off from 10 yards.
The hosts missed several first-half chances before Wimborne improved and equalised through Luke Holmes. Luke Burbidge also struck the woodwork as Dorchester survived.
Steve Thompson made four changes to the starting XI that began the 1-0 Ridgeway derby loss to Weymouth on Boxing Day, three of which were enforced.
Ross Carmichael (hamstring), Harry Kite (ankle) and Cameron Murray (toe) missed out, with Brennan Camp, Luke Winsper and Rodriguez coming in.
Blair replaced Antonio Diaz in the Magpies’ other change, while there was a welcome return to the matchday squad for Dom Panesar-Dower after a long spell out with illness.
Ben Morris was recalled to the Dorchester 16, joining Nick Hutchings and Ash Pope on the bench.
Looking to restore early belief following their last-minute defeat to the Terras three days previously, Dorchester began well and nearly scored after five minutes.
Blair jinked inside and out under pressure before clipping a delicious ball to Callum Rose, who offloaded to Winsper. The midfielder then cracked a deflected shot out for a corner which was taken short to Kyle Egan, the right-back sending his delivery into the onrushing Camp to glance a weak header wide from 12 yards.
Three minutes later, Dorchester claimed the goal their bright start deserved via Blair, who netted his sixth goal in six games.
Good interplay between Egan and Rodriguez unleashed the latter near the byline and the winger pulled the ball back expertly for the unmarked Blair to bury his finish from 10 yards.
Moments afterwards, Winsper was called upon to make a superb goalline clearance after former Magpie Toby Holmes saw his shot blocked by Kingsley Latham.
Ben Seymour, who leapt to win several aerial duels in the first half, then nodded down for Blair to curl at Benfield as the end-to-end action continued.
At this stage, Wimborne had no answer to the pace of Blair, Seymour and Rodriguez on the break and, after Winsper drilled a clearance just over from 25 yards, Rodriguez cut inside after another speedy attack before shooting just over from 18 yards.
Seymour was the next Dorchester player to miss a presentable chance, understandably skewing his header wide with Blair’s volleyed pass carrying too much pace.
Exeter loanee Seymour nearly profited when Benfield dithered in claiming a header back before Clarke twice blazed over from Burbidge pull-backs.
Ex-Terra Burbidge was increasingly earning joy down the Wimborne right and it came as no surprise when he provided an assist just before half-time.
Moments after the unsighted Rodriguez missed a header from six yards, Burbidge got down the outside of Sam Jackson to the byline where he chipped a perfect cross for Luke Holmes to nod in from three yards at the back post.
After the break, Dorchester tested Benfield when Rodriguez shot low from 20 yards but Wimborne this time threatened on the break when a Toby Holmes effort fizzed past Latham’s right-hand post with the Southampton loanee unmoved.
Burbidge was incensed after hitting a sensational effort against the post and bar from an acute angle, believing the ball to have crossed the line, but the officials waved play on to the disbelief of the away side.
Dorchester manager Thompson threw on Diaz and the Spaniard nearly made an immediate impact, his chipped cross cleared to Billy Lowes who blasted at Benfield from 20 yards to earn a corner from which Diaz poked Blair’ delivery wide at the near post.
Winsper then cracked a long-range attempt at Benfield, who again dealt with the danger, before Clarke cynically brought down Diaz to earn a booking when Dorchester countered upfield.
Burbidge and Seymour wasted further chances for their respective sides as a disappointing second half came to a close, both teams forced into settling for a point that keeps them hovering above the bottom three.
Magpies: Latham, Egan, Martin, Rose, Camp, Winsper (Panesar-Dower 88),, Rodriguez (Diaz 66), Lowes, Seymour, Blair (Pope 76), Jackson. Subs not used:Hutchings, Morris.
Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Clarke, Young, T Holmes, Burbidge, L Holmes. Subs not used: Francis, Phillips, Shepherd, Owen
Referee: Declan O’Shea (Chippenham)
Report from Neil Walton, Dorset Echo.