Author: Ben Trant

Wimborne make it two on the bounce

The Magpies and Robins belied their low league positions to provide the 314 spectators with 5-star entertainment at the Koolpak Stadium.
Manager Matty Holmes made one change, Stefan Penny replacing Jordan Lee in the back line. After Luke Burbidge’s shot had been turned round the post on 16 minutes, Matty Oldring headed the resulting corner home to take the lead.
Following good work on the left by Curtis Young, Franklyn Clarke was on hand to double the lead on 32 minutes. That lead lasted only 3 minutes when Ryan Bath fired a 25-yarder beyond keeper Gerard Benfield – as good a strike as you’d see at any level of football. There were no more goals in the first period, but both sides played scintillating free-flowing football.
Eight minutes into the second period, Burbidge seized on a loose ball in the box to restore Wimborne’s two-goal advantage. Frome then took over and applied constant pressure. They were rewarded by Kris Scott’s simple goal on 63 minutes as Wimborne failed to clear their lines.
Frome’s Connor Roberts received a second yellow card shortly before, as the clock passed 90 minutes, Sam Davidson’s reckless challenge precipitated an unsavoury brawl in front of the dugouts. Davidson, for a straight red, and Bath, for a second yellow, were given first dibs on the showers.
Back on the pitch, Wimborne held out for a second win in three days.
Wimborne: Benfield, Davidson, Penny, Arnold, Oldring, Stokoe (Kellaway 65), Clarke, L.Holmes, T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young. Unused subs: Lee, Collins, Owen, Shepherd
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Wimborne Town FC in the community

Pupils and Staff at Wimborne First School have been taken over by Football Fever thanks to Matty Holmes and his team from Wimborne Town Football Club.

The children have loved their PE sessions where Matty has been working alongside teachers to deliver lessons in football, developing the children’s agility, teamwork and coordination skills. Teachers have found that the children have been highly engaged in their PE sessions and it has encouraged an increasing number of pupils to get active and to join after school sports clubs.

In addition to this, Matty and his team have been coaching pupils showing talent in football and created a Wimborne First School girls and a boys football team. These children have made massive developments in their football skills and thoroughly enjoy their sessions. They have been able to attend a number of football festivals and matches locally as well. Wimborne First School have also welcomed Wimborne Town Football Club to run an after-school football club for all pupils. This has been very popular and a number of children have been inspired by the club.

Thank you to Wimborne Town Football club for all your support and working with Wimborne First School in supporting us to enthuse our children to develop a love for sport.

Words by Vikki Britt, Head of PE for Wimborne First School.

RECAP: Wimborne Town FC 5-0 Kings Langley FC

After taking the lead just before the interval, Wimborne turned on the style to score four more in this first-ever meeting between the teams.

With Jack Lovell and Billy Maybury injured, Manager Matty Holmes paired Scott Arnold and Matt Oldring in central defence, and gave a start to the returning Franklyn Clarke.

The visitors had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes. A defensive slip gave the ball to Steven Ward just outside the penalty area and he forced the first of many fine saves from home keeper Gerard Benfield. Wimborne’s first effort was a long-range shot from Luke Holmes which Kings’ keeper Charlie Burns gathered easily.

The visitors’ experienced Renee Howe was giving a master-class in traditional centre-forward play. From one of his flicks Mitchell Weiss tested Benfield. The big stopper was in action again shortly after when he needed two attempts to hold on to a low free-kick. For the Magpies, Franklyn Clarke’s energy and enthusiasm was galvanising his team-mates. After Luke Holmes had again tried his luck from distance, Clarke whipped in an inviting cross from wide on the left which found no takers.

On 35 minutes Howe’s delicate flick let in Ward. His curler was bound for the top corner before Benfield dived to his left to tip the ball round the post. On 43 minutes Clarke’s 25 yarder was a couple of feet wide. A minute later, Wimborne took the lead. Following enterprising play down the right by Jordan Lee, Luke Burbidge and Toby Holmes played a one-two for Burbidge to give keeper Charlie Burns no chance. Howe and Gary Connolly threatened the home goal at the start of the second period, but on 55 minutes Burbidge played Toby Holmes through, and the prolific striker raced from the centre-circle to hold off two defenders and score with a trade-mark finish.

From then on there was no way back for the Kings as the Magpies grew in confidence. At the mid-way mark of the half, Toby was played in on the left. He selflessly passed inside for Clarke but his first time effort was brilliantly turned for a corner by the tall Burns.On 73 minutes, Clarke fed Burbidge on the right. The master-of-assists played the ball into space in the box for Toby Holmes to turn and fire the ball under the diving Burns for number three.

There was an unfortunate incident on 80 minutes when Howe bundled Lee Francis into the dugout resulting in the midfielder being stretchered off and taken to hospital with damaged ribs.

On 86 minutes Clarke strolled forward from mid-field and passed the ball into the corner of Burns’ net from 20 yards for number four. And three minutes into time added-on, Curtis Young pounced on a rebound after Burns saved Toby Holmes’ shot to round-off a 5-star performance from the Magpies.

Wimborne’s attacking prowess in the second half sent supporters home with a smile, but credit too for the excellent defensive work. A clean-sheet at this level is quite an accolade. The result lifts the Magpies out of the early-season relegation zone.

Team:

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee, Davidson, Arnold, Oldring, Clarke, Stokoe (Francis 68 (Kellaway 80)), L.Holmes (Owen 86), T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young
Unused sub: Collins
Match stats:
Wimborne – Shots on target 14, off target 3, blocked 3, corners 5, fouls 6, offsides 2, 3 yellows (Oldring, Stokoe, Lee)
Kings Langley – Shots on target 9, off target 1, blocked 3, corners 4, fouls 7, offsides 1, 2 yellows 
Match stats and report provided by Graham Dunn.
POST MATCH INTERVIEW:

Wimborne Town FC hit five

After taking the lead just before the break, Wimborne turned on the style to record only their second league win in their first season at this level.

But it could have been so different in the opening forty minutes. With the experienced Renee Howe orchestrating play for the Kings, home stopper Gerard Benfield twice denied Mitchell Weiss and made three stunning saves from Steven Ward.

However, the game changed three minutes before the interval. After enterprising play down the right, Luke Burbidge and Toby Holmes played a sumptuous one-two for Burbidge to give keeper Charlie Burns no chance.

Howe and Gary Connolly threatened the home goal at the start of the second period, but on 55 minutes Burbidge played Holmes through, and the prolific striker raced from the centre-circle to hold off two defenders and score with a trade-mark finish.

From then on there was no way back for the Kings. On 73 minutes, Franklyn Clarke fed Burbidge who played the ball into space for Holmes to turn and rifle the ball past Burns.

On 80 minutes Howe bundled Lee Francis into the dugout resulting in the midfielder being stretchered off and taken to hospital.

On 86 minutes Clarke strolled forward from mid-field and passed the ball into the corner of Burns’ net from 20 yards for number four. And three minutes into time added-on, Curtis Young pounced on a rebound to round-off a 5-star performance from the Magpies.

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee, Davidson, Arnold, Oldring, Clarke, Stokoe (Francis 68 (Kellaway 80)), L.Holmes (Owen 86), T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young

Unused sub: Collins

Todays match programme:

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Full match report, photos and interviews to follow…

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Kings Langley

Wimborne Town FC welcome Kings Langley to the Koolpak stadium this Saturday for the fifth annual Non League Day.

Having suffered yet more heartbreak late on after succumbing to Harry Baker’s 84th minute winner against Weymouth in a spirited performance last Saturday, Wimborne will be looking to climb out of the relegation places with a win against a Kings Langley side sitting in 18th place.

Whilst Wimborne will be looking to get the points to match their impressive performances of late and turn around a run of three successive defeats, tomorrow’s opponents find themselves in familiar territory, having struggled last season, winning just 8 of their 46 fixtures and finishing 21st in the league table. They recently had to battle hard as-well against fellow newly promoted and playoff champions Swindon Supermarine FC, though they have enjoyed 16 days respite since their 4-3 victory, after their fixture against Metropolitan Police was postponed. 

Fresh from the news of Franklyn Clarke’s return to the club, Wimborne will hope to pick up just their second league win of the season before entertaining Frome Town FC on Tuesday night. Steve Conroy’s men were defeated by a goal to nil earlier this season against Frome, making the rewards even greater for the Magpies.

The Clubhouse here at Wimborne Town FC is the place to be this Saturday evening, as our Supporters Club are holding Race Night from 7:30pm. With horse races appearing on screen, all supporters and local residents are welcome to place their bets and enjoy the atmosphere.

Interested in becoming a Supporter’s Club member? Ask in the Clubhouse for Steve Rimmington or speak to Dawn at the club shop on matchdays. Alternatively, contact them via Twitter @wtfc_club

    Team news:

Jack Lovell remains out, awaiting a scan for his injury. Matty Oldring again makes the short flight down to be available for selection. Paddy Hester continues to be a long term absentee. 

Franklyn Clarke signs for Wimborne

We are delighted to confirm the return of former Magpie, York City and Poole Town midfielder Franklyn Clarke to the Koolpak stadium…

Clarke left local rivals Poole Town FC earlier this week after his contract was cancelled, with manager Tommy Killick describing the situation as “disappointing“. Having signed on a free transfer from Blackfield and Langley during the summer, Clarke had limited opportunities for the Dolphins, with his last appearance in the red and white shirt coming ten days ago in the ‘City Security Services’ Challenge League Cup penalty shootout victory over former employers Dorchester Town.

The 25 year old playmaker had hit the headlines during his first spell at Dorchester, leading to a step up to the professional game for York City. Clarke has already bagged two goals in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South, and will be hoping to add to his tally with Wimborne Town FC over the coming weeks.

Matty Holmes on his new signing –

We are delighted to capture his signature, especially with other clubs interested in him. Despite our lowly league position, he feels that our style of play will suit his game and he can’t wait to help us push up the league.

He will give us great energy off the ball and also the quality on the ball, to be a big asset to this team.

 

Non League Day 2018

It’s the fifth annual Non League Day this Saturday and we are delighted to be a part of it once again, as we host Kings Langley FC at the Koolpak Stadium.

To celebrate Non League Day, after both Saturday’s game and against Frome Town this Tuesday, we are offering all supporters a FREE half pint of Hop House Lager in the Clubhouse, when presenting a copy of the matchday program.

Race Night…

Our Supporter’s Club will also be hosting a Racing Night after the match on Saturday, starting at 7:30pm in the Clubhouse. All supporters and local residents (including children) are very welcome to attend and enjoy their evening. Horse races will be showing on the screens throughout the evening and place your bets with a chance to take the winnings!

Interested in becoming a Supporter’s Club member? Ask in the Clubhouse for Steve Rimmington or speak to Dawn at the club shop on matchdays. Alternatively, contact them via Twitter @wtfc_club

 

PHOTOS: Weymouth FC 1-0 Wimborne Town FC

Weymouth FC 1-0 Wimborne Town FC

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Weymouth FC 1-0 Wimborne Town FC

A battling performance by the Magpies went unrewarded after Terras’ substitute Harry Baker scored the only goal of the game in the 84th minute.

After the midweek League Cup clash, both managers shuffled their teams: Matty Holmes made 4 changes, while Mark Molesley had the luxury of bringing in 7 new faces to his starting line-up.

Playing into the gusting wind in the first half, Sam Davidson made a vital sliding tackle on Brandon Goodship on 8 minutes. But Wimborne had the best early chance after 16 minutes: Luke Burbidge floated a cross from the left to the far post where Toby Holmes was unable to get a good contact, the ball dribbled across the goal area and Matt Oldring was unable to get a shot in.

Apart from Luke Holmes firing wide three minutes later following a quick break, most of the action for the rest of the half was at the other end as Weymouth built pressure on the visitors’ goal. Inevitably Goodship was heavily involved. On 20 minutes he forced Gerard Benfield into a low diving save, then the keeper denied Abdulai Baggie and Warren Bentley as the home side forced two corners in quick succession on the half-hour mark.

Two minutes later Oldring made a stunning low headed block before Goodship picked up a loose clearance, drove at the defence and blasted wide.

On forty minutes that man Benfield made a superb double save – first from Baggie then from Goodship from the rebound. Wimborne had one more escape just before the break when Calvin Brooks drove in from the right to set-up Bentley who shot narrowly wide of the far post.

Playing with the wind at their backs, Wimborne made a good start to the second period. Davidson’s through ball for Luke Holmes was cut out by home keeper Jordan Seabright, Luke Burbidge sent a sighter wide before the industrious Lee Francis and Toby Holmes created a chance for Burbidge which Seabright saved. From the corner Oldring’s shot was blocked.

Although Wimborne were having the better of the play, Weymouth looked dangerous going forward and Bentley cut the ball across the face of the goal on 65 minutes. Ten minutes later the Terras again got behind the Magpies’ defence for Jordan Ngalo to pull the ball back from the by-line – fortunately Stephane Zubar was unsighted and the ball trickled wide after hitting his legs.

After Burbidge had his shot blocked, and Luke Holmes’ effort from 25 yards went agonisingly inches wide, Weymouth had their only shot on target in the second period. From no real threat, the ball squirmed through to Baker in space in the box, to calmly slot past Benfield.

In added-on time, Louis Kellaway rounded Seabright from Toby’s deft flick before shooting wide, and Burbidge’s shot found the net but was judged offside.

This was a battling team performance against the classy league leaders. Wimborne matched them all over the park except for where it counts – putting the ball in the net.

Attendance: 942

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee, Penny, Davidson, Oldring, Francis (Kellaway 85′), Stokoe, L.Holmes, T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young

Unused subs: Maybury, Collins, Arnold, Owen

WeymouthSeabright, Brooks, Tiago Sa, Sherring, Zubar, McCarthy, Ngalo, Wakefield, Bentley (Baker 64′), Goodship (Carmichael 86′), Baggie

Unused subs: Wells, Thomas, Diaz

Match Stats:

Shots on target: Weymouth 9, Wimborne 2. Shots off target: Wey 6, Wim 6. Shots blocked: Wey 2, Wim 2. Corners: Wey 3, Wim 3. Fouls: Wey 9, Wim 8. Offsides: Wey 5, Wim 3. Yellows: Matty Oldring, Jordan Lee.

 

FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW…

PREVIEW: Weymouth FC V Wimborne Town FC

Wimborne Town FC make the short trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium this Saturday, as they look to make it a double in the space of just four days against local rivals Weymouth FC.

Having returned to winning ways in a thrilling 2-0 victory on Tuesday night, it’s now a return to league action as joint league leaders Weymouth FC host the Magpies who sit 21st in the table, knowing a win would lift them out of the relegation places.

Team news:

Matty Oldring returns to the side having been unavailable mid-week. Billy Maybury and Luke Burbidge are likely to resume their place in the side, whilst Benfield will be hoping to start, having watched from the bench on Tuesday.

Both Paddy Hester and Will Prior remain sidelined.

 

Club Historian Ken Fergus takes a look at the record books…

Although Wimborne Town was founded in 1878 and Weymouth followed us just twelve years later, this is the very first season in which both clubs have been in the same division. The Magpies played alongside Weymouth in the Dorset League way back in the 1930s for a few seasons, but that was Weymouth’s Reserve side; their first team was playing in the Southern League at that time.

So that means that competitive matches between the two clubs have been restricted to local and national cup competitions. But we’ve played Weymouth just the once in any of the three national cup competitions and that was back in 1991/92, when Weymouth came out on top 2-1 at Cuthbury in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The defeat didn’t seem to upset the Magpies too much, however, as we went on to win the FA Vase, the Wessex League and the Dorset Senior Cup that season!

As you’d expect, it’s a different story in local cup competitions. The two clubs have met eight times in the Dorset Senior Cup in the past 35 years with Weymouth winning all but one of the clashes. And those wins include an 8-0 thrashing of Wimborne in the 1985/86 final! The Magpies’ sole win came five seasons ago with a 1-0 semi-final victory.

In other local competitions, we beat Weymouth 2-0 in the Mark Frowde trophy in 1992/93 and each team beat the other once in the short-lived (and incorrectly named!) Two Counties Cup in 2003/04.

Since Wimborne Town were promoted to the Southern League in 2010, the two clubs have met in the First Round of the newly named ‘City Security Services Ltd League Challenge Cup‘ in each of the last three seasons and were drawn against each other this season also! Weymouth were the victors in 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18 before Wimborne Town eventually managed a win just a few days ago.

So I make that twelve victories to Weymouth and just four to Wimborne Town. But the good news is there’s a chance to start evening up the score this coming Saturday…

 

Matty Holmes on kick starting the season

Hopefully this performance springboards the boys because it had been coming.

It was lovely to get a clean sheet and a couple of goals against a really good side. Hopefully that will push us on for the season.

I was really pleased, it was a great performance by the lads. We had to give Weymouth a lot of respect because they are an excellent football team.”

 

Interview by Tim Allan for Radio Wimborne. Listen to all of Tim’s interviews and reports HERE.

TRAVELThere is a mini bus organised by the Wimborne Supporter’s Club which is available to all supporters. Departs from the Cuthbury at 1pm, contact Bryan McCann on 07950 399075 to book your place!

FOLLOW THE GAME: Remember, if you can’t make the game then you can follow the match LIVE via our Twitter feed @WimborneTownFC