Author: Ben Trant

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Walton Casuals

Wimborne Town FC welcome league strugglers Walton Casuals to the Koolpak stadium this Saturday, with BetVictor listing us as favourites BetVictor listing us as favouritesto make it 12 consecutive games unbeaten at home. 

The reverse fixture just a week before Christmas, finished 3-0 to Walton, with 10th placed Wimborne having only lost once since that game, a frustrating 1-0 in tough conditions at Frome. The Magpies have scored 3 goals in their last three games and at least 3 in seven of their last ten games.

Walton meanwhile sit in 17th position, having only won once in their last seven, and only twice since that 3-0 result. Albeit both victories have come on the road, including a 4-3 at Hartley last week. They could climb four places to 13th with a win, but might finding themselves dropping into the relegation zone, if defeat is compounded by Hartley getting all 3 points against a Tiverton side hoping to build on a 2-4 victory over Staines midweek.

With the Magpies the 7th highest scoring side in the division, the league’s joint top scorer Toby Holmes will fancy his chances against the 5th high conceding team, Walton Casuals.

This Month is also Football V Homophobia ‘Month of Action’ and we want to raise awareness to the growing issue of homophobia and discrimination within sport.

46.8% of LGBT students who experienced sport culture described it as ‘alienating or unwelcoming’.

During 2016 research by Stonewall, the UK LGBT human rights charity found that:

  • 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse
  • One in five 18 to 24 year-olds say they’d be embarrassed if their favourite player came out
  • Young people are twice as likely to say anti-LGBT language is harmless if it’s just meant as ‘banter’
  • The majority of people think that offensive language towards LGBT people in sport is a problem

Wimborne Town would like to remind supporters that we pride ourself on being a family-friendly, inclusive football club. Therefore, the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and / or gestures by supporters will not be tolerated, and appropriate action will be taken against any perpetrators.

With the Magpies one of the league’s highest performing on home soil, you can sign up to BetVictor and you can sign up to BetVictor and enjoy 8/11 odds of another Wimborne Town victory this Saturday as part of our promotion. (Club officials and players are not permitted to bet on any football matches.)

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Pavarotti Night!

This Saturday for one night only, the Clubhouse will be hosting Pavarotti night! Paul Michael, the International Tribute Artist, will be performing as Luciano Pavarotti plus a mixed set from all genres.

Tickets are just £12 for a delicious two course meal and glass of Prosecco, making this a night not to be missed!

Show starts 9pm with tickets available from Wimborne Town Football Club.

Vacant places: 7-14s six a side tournament!

Matty Holmes and Wimborne Town FC are hosting a 6-a-side competition for U7-U14s this Summer and there are places remaining for teams to enter…

The tournament will be played on the first team pitch at Wimborne Town FC, The Cuthbury, BH21 4EL. Held across Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May 2019.

Saturday 11th May 2019

Morning: Under 8s & Under 10s  – 9am kick off

Afternoon: Under 12s & Under 14s  – 2pm kick off

Sunday 12th May 2019

Morning: Under 7s & Under 9s  – 9am kick off

Afternoon: Under 11s & Under 13s  – 2pm kick off

Currently there are spaces for six U7 and U14s teams and two spaces for U9 teams. Whilst there are opportunities for four more U11 and U12 teams to compete and five more teams can enter for the U13 category! Our U8 and U10 category is now full.

Any teams wishing to enter can find all the details and contact information in the application form and tournament invitation attached below. Entry costs just £35 with closing date for entry 30th March 2019.

Note: All age groups will be 6 -a-side (maximum 8 players per team)

Download Invitation letter and application form below:

Invite Letter WTFC Tournament 2019 (LINK)

WTFC ApplicationForm2019 (LINK)

Tiverton Town 0-3 Wimborne Town

A clean sheet was the bedrock of Wimborne’s third away league victory of the campaign, as three second-half goals clinched a vital three points. Toby Holmes scored twice, and substitute Curtis Young scored with his first touch in stoppage time, with the master-of-assists, Luke Burbidge, setting up all the goals.

Manager Matty Holmes sent out the same XI as last week. And it was the Magpies, 5 points and 4 places above their hosts at the start of the day, who took the game to their opponents from the first whistle.

In the first minute, a mis-placed defensive header from Franklyn Clarke’s free-kick forced a good save from keeper Liam Armstrong. Five minutes later the keeper was in action again, this time saving from Toby after Luke Holmes had played him through on the left, and in the next attack the keeper could only watch as Toby’s shot from the right went past him and agonisingly wide of his far post. In the next minute Burbidge charged down the keeper’s clearance, wriggled along the by-line, but was unable to find a black & white shirt to complete the job. And all this in the first nine minutes – it was a promising start.

On 18 minutes Stef Penny worked his way in from the left touchline, and his 20-yard shot was heading for the far top corner until the flying Armstrong made a spectacular save. Shortly after Toby worked his way inside on the opposite wing but had no power on his shot. Burbidge played a ball through to Toby but the yellow-shirted defenders crowded him out before he got a shot away.

But gradually Tiverton came into the game as they hustled and harried in mid-field, and Gerard Benfield made a confident catch under pressure on the half-hour mark. All of Tivvy’s goal attempts were either wide of the target or blocked, but with Levi Landricombe and Stewart Yetton up front they were always going to be a handful. At one stage the game threatened to boil over as inconsistent refereeing frustrated both players and dug-outs, with players running thirty yards to surround the man in black over minor misdemeanours. Fortunately all 22 players remained on the pitch, and there was time for Toby to send another effort inches wide after Burbidge led a quick counter-attack, before referee Annis brought an incident-packed half to a close.

Benfield saved from a Tivvy header at the start of the second period before Burbidge was brought down just outside the penalty area at the other end from Clarke’s overlapping pass. It was Billy Maybury distance! The skipper’s free-kick beat the wall, but crashed back off the cross-bar.

Home full-backs Josh Key and Callum Hall were causing problems down the flanks, and for a time the balance of the game was on a knife-edge. But on the hour mark, Wimborne took the lead their enterprising play deserved. Burbidge played a perfectly-weighted ball over the central defenders for Toby Holmes who finished with aplomb. Luke Holmes epitomised the Magpies’ determination with a towering header in midfield against a taller opponent. Clarke continued to be a threat down the right, and Burbidge hit the outside of the post following a corner on the left.

A floated through ball by Max Smallcombe was just out of Landricombe’s reach as Tivvy’s aerial assault tested the visiting defence. However, a crucial second goal came on 75 minutes. Sam Davidson intercepted in his own half, strode purposefully forward and found Burbidge. He released Toby on the left, and the prolific striker bided his time before finding the back of the net.

A series of Tivvy free-kicks were launched into the Wimborne penalty area, and on 82 minutes a header went just wide. Keeper Armstrong denied Toby a hat-trick with a brave save at his feet, but the visitors did get their third in time added-on. Burbidge played Curtis Young through and the substitute scored with virtually his first touch of the game.

This was another excellent team performance which lifts the Magpies to tenth in the table, but looking down still only eight points above the relegation zone. Recent statistics, however, are impressive – one defeat in the last 11 league games, 10 goals scored in the last three, Toby scoring 11 in the last six. Tough games await, but momentum is with the Magpies in their attempt to stay in this division.

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke, Penny (Lee 46), Davidson, Oldring, Maybury, Stokoe, Francis, T.Holmes (Young 89), Burbidge, L.Holmes (Shepherd 90+2).   Unused subs: Walsh, Prior

Att: 279

Report by Graham Dunn

An Evening with Alan Kennedy…

Former Liverpool FC legend, Alan Kennedy will be at the Clubhouse for a three course dinner and speech this March.

Having won five First Division Championships, four League Cups, three Charity Shields and two European Cups, Alan will be great company and guests will be set for an enjoyable evening.

Wednesday 13th March starting at 7:00pm – Sponsored by Dorset Soils & Aggregates. 

Availability is now very limited and so booking early is advised. Costs just £40pp inc. VAT for a three course dinner and auction of a signed Alan Kennedy shirt.  Please contact Clubhouse Manager Clive on 01202 884821 or email Lee at

February Half Term Soccer School!

This February Half Term, Matty Holmes is running a Soccer School for Boys and Girls aged between 5 and 14 years old.

Soccer School will run on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February between 10am – 3pm for only £15 per day. A Breakfast Club is also on offer between 8.30am-10am for just £5 per child.

Venue: Wimborne Town FC, Cuthbury, Cowgrove Road, BH21 4EL.

For more information, download the form below or email

Download and return the form below:

WTFC February Soccer School flyer [download file]

Wimborne held 3-3 by Hendon FC

Hendon’s first visit to Wimborne saw an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Koolpak Stadium. Another large attendance of 388 watched this compelling match in spite of the wet conditions on the day.

The Magpies started promisingly when Toby Holmes hit the crossbar within the first minute of play. Luke Holmes then tried from long range despite the attention of Hendon’s goalkeeper, Danny Boness, who had scrambled outside the box. On the 15th minute Burbidge struck a low ball from distance which rebounded off the left post. However, Wimborne fell behind 7 minutes later, when Ryan Hope fired a low menacing shot to the bottom left corner which Gerard managed to partially save but the momentum of the ball caught Gerard out, as the ball slipped through his gloves.

Regardless of conceding, Wimborne soon bounced back. Goalkeeper Boness collided into Toby Holmes, but the rebound fell to Luke Burbidge who curled the ball from 25 yards out into the top corner to equalise. On the 35th minute, Luke Burbidge played a great through ball to midfielder Luke Holmes who slotted the ball wide to the left from a tight angle. Dribbling with the ball, Burbidge switched the play from the right-hand side, but with no receiver in the box the ball marginally missed the top left corner, on the 39th minute.

A controversial moment occurred on 42 minutes, when Hendon were awarded a penalty after the referee saw a push in the box during a corner. Moments later, up stepped Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick who struck the ball towards the bottom left corner giving the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the break. Before the first half ended, outside the 6-yard box, Burbidge fired a threatening shot at close range which Boness parried out for a corner, as the visitors went to rejuvenate themselves inside, with a promising 2-1 lead.

Returning from the changing rooms, Curtis Young replaced Luke Holmes, who received a cut on his head in the first half. Wimborne started the second half very well by scoring 2 early goals by the main man himself, Toby Holmes.  A lofted pass by Stefan Penny was played for Toby Holmes as he chipped the ball over Danny Boness and tallied down the second goal for the hosts on the 53rd minute.

A quick throw in from Franklyn Clarke was flicked on by Burbidge for Toby who was standing unmarked and scored with his head and extended Wimborne’s lead to 3-2! However, Hendon responded with a header of their own, when central defender Darren Locke rifled the ball past Gerard to equalise the game again on the 65th minute. Darting on the counter attack, substitute Obi Ogo struck a worrying shot as the ball collided with the outer bar, as it then bounced off the line out of danger.

For once Toby was unable to convert a one-on-one situation when he pulled the trigger too late as he whizzed past the keeper on the 75th minute. Hendon again looked menacing when Ryan Hope fired the ball from outside the box which saw Gerard jump up to keep the ball out of the net in the 81st minute. Four minutes later, the striker drilled in a low shot which saw Gerard, once again, save the oncoming shot to the bottom left.

The game ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw which extends the Magpie’s unbeaten home league record to 11 games. Wimborne next travel to Devon and play Tiverton Town who are just a few places above the relegation zone. We hope to see many of you there at the Ladysmead Stadium cheering on the Magpies!

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Francis, Stokoe, Penny, T.Holmes, Burbidge, L.Holmes (Young 46)  Unused subs: Collins, Lee, Owen, Prior

Matchday Program: Hendon 9 Feb 2019 v2 compact

Wimborne Town 3-3 Hendon FC

The first meeting in Dorset between these attack-minded sides ended with honours even.

After Toby Homes had hit the top of the visitors’ crossbar in the first minute, and Luke Burbidge’s cross hit the inside of a post, it was Hendon who took the lead at the mid-point of the first half. Ryan Hope’s 20 yard shot deceiving keeper Gerard Benfield at the near post.
But Wimborne equalised four minutes later. After Holmes and keeper Danny Boness collided going for a through ball, Burbidge curled the ball into the empty net from 25 yards. The Greens’ lead was restored two minutes before the interval when referee Underhay spotted a push in the box at a corner, and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick rifled home the penalty.
Eight minutes into the second period and the scores were level again. Stefan Penny’s astute lob found Holmes who in turn lobbed the advancing Boness. Wimborne took the lead on 64 minutes. Franklyn Clarke’s quick throw was flicked on by Burbidge for Holmes to head home from 3 yards. But the hosts’ lead only lasted two minutes. From a free-kick wide on the right, central defender Darren Locke stooped low to head home.
Both keepers made spectacular full-length saves to prevent further goals as the teams went all out for a winner. Boness diving to his left to keep out shots by Billy Maybury and Burbidge, Benfield somehow tipping Hope’s goal-bound shot over the bar.
Att: 388
Graham Dunn reporting
Full report by Max Emes, match highlights and interview to follow in RECAP