Author: Ben Trant

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Bideford AFC

Festive football continues to come thick and fast for the Magpies as attention turns to the next round of the City Security Services League Challenge Cup.

Wimborne have previously overcome both Weymouth FC and Poole Town FC at the KoolPak stadium and will be looking to win their eight consecutive home game in all competitions. The Magpies have scored eight goals in their last three fixtures, with goals coming from across the team. Luke Burbidge scored in all three of last weeks games, Rhys Owen bagged another scorcher midweek, James Stokoe got his second goal of the season in the fightback against Salisbury, whilst unlikely goal scorer Stefan Penny found the back of the net as we beat Shaftesbury on Tuesday.

Bideford AFC sit in 15th position in the Evo Stik Division South and have lost their previous five games in the league. They overcame Tiverton Town 5-2 away from home in the last round and Street FC 2-1 on the road before that, to set up this cup tie.

If you can’t make the game, don’t forget you can follow LIVE UPDATES via our Twitter page @WimborneTownFC

Salisbury FC 4-3 Wimborne Town FC

After looking second-best to a very good Salisbury side for 60 minutes, Wimborne staged a remarkable fighting come-back that almost earned a point.

Pablo Haysham opened the scoring for the Whites on 19 minutes when he played a clever one-two on the edge of the box and placed the ball past Gerard Benfield.

Toby Holmes blasted Luke Burbidge’s cut-back over the bar just before the home side extended their lead on 32 minutes. A long free-kick from the left found the unmarked Matthew Partridge at the far post for an easy tap-in.

It looked as if Salisbury had the points wrapped up within four minutes of the restart. Luke Hopper turned his man to score on 47 minutes before Tom Whelan was played through the inside-right channel to score two minutes later.

The arrival of substitute James Stokoe heralded the fight-back. On 66 minutes good inter-play down the left ended with the ball being half-cleared to Luke Burbidge who scored. Seven minutes later, after a scramble near the post, Toby poked the ball over the line for the second.

The pendulum had swung, and Wimborne surged forward. On 89 minutes Sam Davidson’s cross-field pass found Stokoe 30 yards out. His first shot was blocked but he rifled home the rebound. A very relieved Salisbury played out the 4 minutes of added-on time.

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny (Stoke 62), Hester, Davidson, Oldring (Lee, 69), Clarke, Maybury, L.Holmes, T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young (Owen, 81).

Unused subs: Collins, Francis

 Att: 622

Full report by Max Emes to follow.

Six a side tournament – 2019

Matty Holmes and Wimborne Town FC are hosting a 6-a-side competition for U7-U14s this Summer and are inviting 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

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

WTFC ApplicationForm2019

Report, Goals and Interview: Shaftesbury FC 1-3 Wimborne Town FC

As with last season’s final, the Magpies got the better of the Rockies but this was a much closer contest that belied the 2-league difference between the teams. The arrival of substitute Luke Burbidge swung the game in the visitors’ favour in the last 20 minutes.

Manager Matty Holmes took the opportunity to have a look at recent signings Kieran Douglas and Andrew Shah in defence, and striker Steve Flynn paired with Toby Holmes up front; and gave a start to squad players. He had a strong bench to call on if needed.

It was Shaftesbury who had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the first minute. Centre forward Greg Peel, formerly of Larkhall, made space near the left by-line to send a low cross into Gerard Benfield’s goal-area where an on-rushing forward was inches away from turning the ball in.

Wimborne’s first opportunity was created by Curtis Young on the left. He rounded home keeper Johnny Hill, but his cut-back was cleared. Much of Wimborne’s threat came down that left side. Marauding Stefan Penny testing the defence with a whipped-in cross on 17 minutes, and the keeper with a 20-yard drive 5 minutes later. Toby was put through on the right shortly after, but dragged his effort wide of the far post when one-on-one with keeper Hill.

As thoughts turned to a warming half-time cuppa, Wimborne took the lead. The imperious Billy Maybury responded to Penny’s call with an inch-perfect diagonal pass. The full-back controlled the ball instantly, cut inside his man, and his low cross-cum-shot eluded everyone and crossed the line inside the far post despite the desperate effort of a defender.

Shaftesbury had a good spell at the start of the second period, and were denied by a well-timed sliding tackle by that man Penny on 52 minutes. However, the Rockies did equalise mid-way through the half. Peel made space for himself down the inside-right channel, and forced Benfield into a good diving save. Lewis Morgan was quickest to react, and slammed home the rebound.

Manager Holmes called on Luke Burbidge, and that turned out to be a crucial substitution. On 71 minutes he finished a jinking run across the penalty area with a pass to Rhys Owen on the left. The winger cut inside and struck a peach of a curler into the top far corner. It was reminiscent of Franklyn’s “November goal-of-the-month” against Hartley Wintney.

That goal effectively ended the game as a contest, but Burbidge wasn’t finished. Linking up with fellow substitute Luke Holmes from a corner, he wriggled his way in from the right past defenders and keeper before slamming the ball into the net on 87 minutes.

Credit to Shaftesbury for the way they played, but in the end Wimborne had too much fire-power for the Wessex League side. Douglas had an impressive battle with Peel, and looked comfortable on the ball; Shah again showed what a speedy full-back he is; Flynn battled away up front as he learns the Wimborne way of playing; and Owen scored another eye-catching goal. A good night’s work for Matty’s Magpies, and a welcome first away win of the season.

Wimborne: Benfield, Shah (Davidson 86), Penny, Lee, Douglas, Francis, Maybury, Owen, T.Holmes (Burbidge 63), Flynn, Young (L.Holmes 78).  Unused sub: Lovell

Girls football – pay and play!

Wimborne Town FC are offering even more opportunities for community football, with girls training sessions on Sunday Mornings for 5-11 year olds…

Training sessions are run pay and play so any girls aged between five and eleven can turn up and play for just £4 a session. Held on the WTFC Training pitches at the KoolPak stadium, BH21 4EL between 10-11am every Sunday.

For any questions or queries, please contact our Youth Secretary via:

Join the Supporters Club!

Earlier this season, a group of dedicated Wimborne supporters set up a Supporters Club in order to help support Matty and his men as they embarked on their debut Southern Premier League campaign.

The Supporters Club have worked hard already and recently held ‘Race Night’ in which fans could enjoy a drink and place bets on horse races in a social night. On February 23rd, they will also be hosting Italian Night, with an Italian themed dinner and entertainment from a special guest.

Each week, the club hold a score predictor with the prize fund currently standing at £342 and is crying out for a winner! Don’t forget to get your forms from the bar on Saturday before the game and you could be the lucky winner just in time for Christmas.

In the New year, there are plans to host a joint fans forum with the Club Board Members, date to be announced. An opportunity to come along and voice your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to everyone.

Membership is open to all supporters and costs just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, including U18s and OAPs.

There are a range of benefits for members including…

  • 10% off drinks at the bar
  • 10% off club merchandise.
  • Upon joining you also receive a free pin badge and WTFC pen.
  • Members can also gain access to our away mini bus scheme, when the coach is not available to supporters.

To be a part, please contact our Clubhouse Manager Clive via 07464 876986‬ or email

You can also find membership forms at the Bar, Club shop on Matchdays and can request membership via their Twitter @wtfc_club (LINK)

Half-Season Tickets on sale now!

We are delighted to announce that we are offering supporters the chance to purchase Half-Season Tickets in the run up to Christmas.

These tickets are available for adult supporters at the cost of just £85 and for OAP supporters for only £45. The sooner you buy, the more you save! If purchased before next Saturday, it costs just £7.08 p/g for adults and under £4 for OAPs. We have 12 league home fixtures left, with Gosport Borough making the trip down to the KoolPak Stadium on New Years Day.

This will make the perfect Christmas Present for local football fans. We welcome playoff hopefuls Merthyr Town on the 12th and then Title chasing Taunton Town on the 26th January.

You can buy a ticket at the Bar on Matchdays, or contact Clubhouse Manager Clive Bailey on
07464 876 986 or email:

The KoolPak is the place to be for Festive football this Christmas. Matty’s entertaining side have won their last seven games on home soil and have scored 30 goals in just 17 games this season, the 10th highest in the league. So make someone’s Christmas special with a gift that keeps on giving, a front row seat as Wimborne Town FC play at the highest level in their history…

VIDEO: November Goal Of The Month

November was a busy month for the Magpies and featured yet more cracking goals from the boys in black and white.

We’ve brought it down to our top four and it’s now over to you to decide November’s Goal Of The Month. You can vote via the poll (in the comments on the video below) and on our Twitter page @WimborneTownFC and use the hashtag #GOTMagpies to join the discussion…


Curtis Young V Taunton Town

Franklyn Clarke V Hartley Wintney

Jack Lovell V Taunton Town

Curtis Young V Poole Town (CSS Cup)

Full Report: Home Sweet Home for the Magpies

Wimborne bagged their fifth successive home league win to demonstrate that they belong at this level.

In a highly entertaining game, both teams created goal attempts galore, but fine goalkeeping, heroic defending, and profligate finishing restricted the scoring to a Toby Holmes header, some Luke Burbidge magic, and a late consolation by Tivvy substitute Josh Wadham.

Manager Matty Holmes restored Scott Arnold to the centre of defence, and had a strong bench to call on.

Tiverton came flying out of the blocks and had the better of the early exchanges. On 9 minutes, skipper Arnold and another defender went to clear a cross in the penalty area. The Wimborne stalwart stayed on the ground in obvious agony, and after prolonged treatment, he was carefully stretchered off the pitch. Manager Holmes adjusted his formation with Lee Francis coming into midfield.

When the game resumed, Tiverton’s danger man, Levi Landricombe, was only just wide with a speculative overhead effort. Wimborne grew into the game and Luke Burbidge floated a delicate cross over tall keeper Liam Armstrong which was scrambled away, before the elusive winger’s next cross was headed over by Toby Holmes on 13 minutes.

With both teams playing creative, expansive football, play flowed from end to end. Tiverton’s Harrison Davis charged through midfield to shoot narrowly wide; Franklyn Clarke played Toby through but he was stopped by a well-timed block from Tom Gardner.

At the mid-point of the half, the elegant Tom Bath selflessly set-up Landricombe who was thwarted by an acrobatic goal-line clearance from Paddy Hester. Play immediately switched to the other end where Burbidge’s chip over Armstrong came back off the cross-bar. In the next minute Sam Davidson’s volley was cleared off the line by Josh Key and Toby blasted the rebound over the bar. It was breathtaking stuff, and terrific entertainment.

Surprisingly we had to wait until the 48th minute for the first goal. Billy Maybury’s 25 yard free-kick evaded the wall, but not Armstrong who made a spectacular diving save. From the resulting corner, Luke Holmes’ cross to the far post was headed home by Toby.

Three minutes later Tivvy’s Davis once more surged through midfield and Matt Oldring put his body on the line to block the shot. After a corner slipped from his grasp, home stopper Gerard Benfield made a triple save, twice with his feet and once with his hands, to keep out the visitors.

Wimborne’s full-backs, Stefan Penny and Hester, were in eye-catching form and joined the attack at every opportunity as delicate one-touch football on the soft surface (well done groundsman Brian Sibley and his helpers for making the pitch so playable) was appreciated by the crowd.

Referee Scriven decided it was time to give out his cards, and chose 7 recipients in the second-half. This is no way reflected the tone of the game.

But a one-goal lead is precarious. And after Landricombe had spurned two more good chances, Burbidge settled nerves with a great individual goal on 87 minutes. Setting off thirty yards out, he beat two defenders before drawing the keeper and slotting home.

Tiverton substitute Josh Wadham pulled one back three minutes into stoppage time when his low shot from the right-hand side of the penalty area rifled across Benfield and into the far corner, but by then Wimborne’s defence had secured the points.

A terrific team performance by the Magpies. All the boys have to do now is to take this home form on our travels – maybe Salisbury on Saturday is a good place to start!

Before that game, we start our defence of the Dorset Senior Cup at Shaftesbury on Tuesday, kick-off 7:45 pm.

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Hester, Arnold (Francis 9), Oldring, Clarke, Davidson, L.Holmes, T.Holmes (Flynn 87), Burbidge, Maybury.

Unused subs: Collins, Young, Lee

Att: 299

Matchday Programme can be download HERE Tiverton 1 Dec 2018 v2 – compact