Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chesham United was enough to ensure the Magpies retained their Evo-Stik Southern Premier status.
Having lost the playoff final to Swindon Supermarine by the smallest of margins last year in a penalty shootout, Wimborne were given just three weeks preparation for the new season after the resignation of Shaw Lane FC and the subsequent league restructuring.
A disrupted pre-season and little time for player recruitment prior to the opening fixture away to Farnborough, saw Wimborne struggle and pick up just four points from their opening eight games. Agonising late defeats to Weymouth and Basingstoke reinforced the importance of squad depth, with Magpie legs looking tired and often being overwhelmed by the quality of substitutions from the opposition.
The return of former Poole midfielder Franklyn Clarke in October, inspired a 5-0 rout over Kings Langley, the first of a five game winning run on home soil, and an upturn in form in which the Magpies would take maximum points from the likes of Met Police,Poole Town and Merthyr Town. An unbeaten home run from September being ended by Salisbury six months later.
The league standings continued to shift drastically over the nine month season, with Chesham climbing to midtable post Christmas after a disastrous start, Hendon collapsing from a title push to relegation scrap, and lower-midtable to the relegation places, often being separated by just a number of points.
Crucial wins at Harrow Borough and at home to Swindon Supermarine ended a disappointing run in March, with Wimborne all but safe by Easter Monday. Bar a capitulation on the pitch, with a seven goal swing and numerous results going the wrong way, a single point would guarantee the Magpies another season at their highest ever level.
And achieve that they did. The Magpie faithful cheering home the players to a relatively comfortable 0-0 draw and Wimborne climbed to 14th position. Basingstoke Town joined Staines and Frome Town in relegation to the league below, Walton’s 2-1 victory at Merthyr proving a final day lifeline to avoid the drop.
A huge congratulations to the players, coaching staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and the supporters for this fantastic season.
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