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Wimborne reach the Dorset Senior Cup Final…

Manager Matty Holmes found the right balance in sending out a team to win the game, rest key personnel, and give game time to squad players as goals by Luke Burbidge, Luke Holmes and Curtis Young at the Koolpak Stadium saw the Magpies reach the Dorset Senior Cup final for a second season running.

With Sam Bayston, Carl Pettefer and Ashley Pope cup-tied, and Gerard Benfield, Toby Holmes and James Stokoe rested, Manager Holmes gave starts to Chad Collins, Kieran Douglas, and Aidan Shepherd.

Wimborne came out in attacking mode. On 2 minutes Billy Maybury hit a brilliant through ball for Curtis Young on the right, but the winger was flagged off-side. In fact, that was the first of three off-side decisions for the hosts in the first 8 minutes as they made clear their intention to play balls behind the visitors’ defence. Franklyn Clarke flashed a ball across the face of the Bridport goal on 9 minutes, before Burbidge tried a speculative drive from wide on the left, and Shepherd ran onto Young’s flick before Bridport keeper Jason Hutchings made the first of many good saves from his angled shot.

But it wasn’t all one-way traffic, and 20 minutes in, the visitors enjoyed a good spell. The skillful and speedy Edward Butcher, on the left wing, was a constant source of danger, and the home defence were grateful to scramble away his cross from the by-line.

However, the opening goal was scored by Wimborne on 26 minutes from a well-worked corner. Burbidge played the ball to Maybury, instead of an expected shot, he returned it to the winger who came inside and beat Hutchings at his near post.

Bridport responded well to going behind. Three minutes later Butcher raced on to a defensive slip but blasted wild and wide when one-on-one with Collins. But he had his revenge on 32 minutes when, coming in from the left wing, he beat the keeper from just inside the box with a sumptuous shot to equalise.

As play flowed from end to end, Bridport’s centre-forward Mark Salter flashed a header just wide, and Ben Morris had Collins scampering across his goal. Lee Francis was playing balls into the inside-right channel for Shepherd. From one of these the youngster drew a sprawling save from Hutchings. And then, on 37 minutes, racing on to another well-weighted ball from Francis, Shepherd cut the ball back for Luke Holmes to head home in the goal area to put the hosts ahead again.

Then, just before the break, Wimborne nearly increased their lead. Burbidge’s corner was headed back across the goal to Clarke but his header was cleared off the line.

Wimborne started the second half brightly. The ever-willing Shepherd forced a corner after chasing a through ball, Burbidge crossed from the by-line, Young had a shot deflected wide, Douglas was just off target with a header, and Hutchings saved Burbidge’s low shot. Bridport had an effort cleared off the line before Wimborne scored their third on 54 minutes. Luke Holmes played Young through with a peach of a pass, and although Hutchings half-saved his effort, the ball rebounded off the winger and into the net.

With Burbidge in full flow, further goals seemed inevitable. But the Western League side dug deep, and it was they who scored the final goal on 71 minutes. After a Bees’ corner was half-cleared, Morris rifled a 20-yard shot past Collins via the inside of the post.

Chances came at both ends, but none changed the scoreline. Sam Davidson headed wide from a corner, Burbidge’s inviting cross found no takers, Davidson had two more decent attempts – a header cleared off the line, and a shot over the bar, and Shepherd was thwarted when one-on-one with the keeper. At the other end, Butcher’s lob over Collins went inches wide, and Salter had a shot cleared off the line.

After a game of 5 goals, 44 goal attempts, and 14 corners, it was Wimborne who claimed their place in the final against Poole. Bridport made light of the two-league difference between the teams and played their part in an entertaining game.

Wimborne: Collins, Francis, Lee (Penny 63), Davidson, Douglas (Hall 85), Clarke, Maybury, Young, Shepherd, Burbidge, L.Holmes.   Unused subs: Benfield, Traynor, D.Holmes

Att: 165

Report by Graham Dunn

Download the Matchday Programme here: Bridport 23 March 2019 v2 compact

Wimborne Town 0-0 Weymouth FC

For the first time in Southern Premier history, table-toppers Weymouth travelled to Dorset rivals Wimborne for a league game with both teams keen to add to their points total.

The opportunity to compare the league’s leading goalscorers, Toby Holmes and Brandon Goodship, attracted a large crowd. But the weather proved to be an integral part of the match with the wind howling down the pitch; and defences held firm.

The first incident came on the 16th minute when Luke Burbidge whipped in low free kick towards midfielder James Stokoe who just headed the ball wide to the left.

Luke Holmes fired a low menacing shot towards goal but the visitor’s keeper, Tom McHale, managed to parry out the ball over his head on the 32nd minute. On the 70th minute the wind took a toll on Weymouth’s Yemi Odubade as his shot was caught by the wind and headed towards the corner flag.

However, the home side used the wind to their advantage as they continuously fired towards McHale throughout the second half. Despite the torrential rain and the strong wind, both sides gave everything but neither team were able to fire the ball in the back of the net.

A great night with Alan Kennedy!

Wimborne Town FC had the pleasure of hosting An Evening with Alan Kennedy on Wednesday, in a sold out event! 

Five time league and two European Champion with Liverpool, Alan delivered a fantastic speech to top off an enjoyable evening. Sponsored by Dorset Soils and Aggregates, guests were treated to a three course meal in the comfortable 1878 Suite, with additional entertainment including a charity auction of a signed Liverpool and Arsenal shirt, John Macey’s infamous Kings and Queens, and Ken Stewart delivering a humorous warm up routine.

A big thank you to all those involved in organising the event, including Brian McIntyre, Val and Tony Grant, Lee Merrifield and Ken Stewart. Also to those who helped run the event on the night, Clive Bailey, all the bar staff and Paula. And finally to all the sponsors, guests and of course the man himself, Alan Kennedy.

The Clubhouse including the 1878 Suite is available to hire for birthday parties, celebrations, conferences and private functions. With friendly staff and flexible facilities can cater for all occasions. For more information click here.

Contact Clubhouse Manager Clive Bailey on 01202 884821 or email

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Weymouth FC

Wimborne Town FC welcome local rivals and league leaders Weymouth FC to the Koolpak Stadium this Saturday in the last Dorset Derby of the season at the Cuthbury.

The two leading goalscorers Toby Holmes and Brandon Goodship go head to head, with only Cirencester’s Benjamin Whitehead in the league below, having more goals to his name in all four Evo-Stik divisions (30). This game is the reverse fixture of Weymouth’s 1-0 victory back in October, thanks to a late Harry Baker goal.

The Magpies who had lost five of their seven league fixtures before that trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium, will be looking to continue their remarkable home form this season, with the visit of Salisbury FC a fortnight ago, their only league defeat on home soil since September.

Prior to that disappointment against Salisbury, Wimborne had scored at least three goals in five of their last six home games.

Speaking recently to the Daily Echo, Matty Holmes said:

We came out of a good run with a couple of defeats but the boys are still upbeat. Now we need to somehow get over the line and pick up two or three wins to see us home but it is not a given. You can go quite a run of games without a win as we found earlier in the season.

We need to make sure, tactically, we get it right and everyone produces on the day, which we had done before the two defeats. The lads have been brilliant and we cannot let it slip now.

The Terras meanwhile, make the journey across having won their last five games, and have lost only once in their last nine on the road. Weymouth’s remaining fixtures include a tough trip to Poole Town, and difficult tests at home to Met Police and Farnborough in their pursuit of the league title.

Wimborne could climb five places to 8th with a win, Weymouth who do have a game in hand on the chasing pack, could fall to third should results go against them.

*We anticipate very high demand for our on site parking and so would like to advise supporters travelling by car to arrive early, or make use of additional free parking at Queen Elizabeth School down the road, or nearby pay and display car parks around town.*

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We are delighted to announce the return of Sam Bayston to the Koolpak Stadium from local rivals Hamworthy United.

Sam left the club at the end of last season, linking up with Callum Brooks at The Hammers, and has had a prolific scoring season so far. Brooks has since taken the vacant job at Dorchester Town in a bid to avoid relegation.

Fan favourite Sam Bayston, a pacy and skilful forward, joins Matty’s men in their pursuit of their strongest ever finish in uncharted territory.

Wimborne Town welcome Weymouth FC this Saturday, looking to continue their remarkable home form after three successive defeats.

Youth Update: Three teams reach cup finals!

Everyone associated with Wimborne Town FC would like to congratulate our youth teams on their recent success and wish them all the very best of luck in their respective finals.

Our excellent Under 10’s won their semi-final against Poole Town Wessex and Graham Wood’s squad are looking forward to their County Cup Final on Sunday 28 April against Longfleet Youth Lions.

The final will be at the Hamworthy County Ground with a 10am kick-off.  

This season WTFC have two U18 squad’s, the U18 SWC play on Saturday’s in the South West Youth League and the U18’s DL play on Sunday’s in the Dorset Football League U18 League.

Our U18’s Dorset League squad beat Poole Town Wessex Rovers 6-3 in their semi-final. They now face a big and very physical Milford Port team, a team who have already twice beaten WTFC this season.

The DCFA final will be held at Hamworthy County ground on Sunday 7 April with a 2.30pm kick off.

Our U18’s SWC squad have won through to the Hampshire U18 Midweek Floodlit Cup Final by beating Brockenhurst U18’s 5-0 last month but at present their finalists (Andover Town / Winchester City) are not known.

Further Cup Final details to follow. 

We invite all supporters to help support our three WTFC youth teams at their finals, which will be appreciated by everyone involved. 

Meanwhile the first Team and current cup holders, bid to reach successive Dorset Senior Cup Finals on Tuesday evening, with a trip at Bridport FC.

WTFC: For the Community

At Wimborne Town FC, we offer far more than 90 minutes of entertaining first team football on a Saturday afternoon. Take a look at the different coaching opportunities, pay and play sessions and community events we hold.


Starting from 20th March, every Wednesday at the Clubhouse between 1-3pm we will be hosting fun games bingo. Enjoy a game in comfortable surroundings, with friendly service at the bar offering many different alcoholic, hot and soft drinks.

Easter Soccer School

We have a Soccer School running during the Easter Half-Term 2019 school holidays for 5-14yr olds.

The course will run on Monday the 8th and 15th, and Tuesday 9th and 16th April at the football club from 10:00am to 3:00pm at a cost of £15 per child per day.

Pre-booking is essential. Please use the booking form attached below.

We also offer a Breakfast Club between 8:30am to 10am for just £5 per child.


We are also hosting a Six a side tournament for various age groups this May. Full details can be found here:

Saturday Football Club

Children between the age of reception and year 3, can take part in Saturday football here at the KoolPak training pitch at 9am every Saturday for just £3. Those in year 4 and above, can participate from 10am. This is a great way for young children to develop their football skills and have fun. There is also the opportunity to play in our youth teams by taking part in the Saturday morning club!

Please contact Kieran on 07464619495 for more information.

Girls football

Girls aged between five and eleven are invited to pay and play training sessions 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:

Walking Football

Ever given walking football a try? Over 55s have the chance every Thursday between 10-11:30 to join in an exciting game for just £4. It’s your favourite sport, at your pace!

For further information, email Oliver via or on 07547166602

Wimborne Town FC is committed to supporting the local community. Read more about our commitment by clicking here.

Met Police FC 4-2 Wimborne Town FC

When you visit a top-four side with an 11-4-1 home record, the last thing you want to do is give them a 3-goal start in the first quarter of the game, but that’s precisely what the Magpies did. However, a thrilling second-half comeback saw them go within inches of equalising before a breakaway goal seven minutes from the end soothed the home team’s nerves.

With both Franklyn Clarke and Matt Oldring unavailable, manager Matty Holmes moved Stefan Penny to right-back with Jordan Lee in central defence with Sam Davidson. Carl Pettefer and Curtis Young started in midfield with the unlucky Lee Francis on the bench.

While the visitors’ defence was getting used to their new formation, they fell behind on 4 minutes. Two attempts to head the ball clear returned possession to The Met who quickly moved the ball to skipper Luke Robertson in space on the right in the penalty area. He lined up his shot, and angled the ball past Gerard Benfield to open the scoring.

Three minutes later, the home side doubled their lead. More slick passing found full-back Nesta Guiness-Walker in space on the left just outside the penalty area. His cross to the far post turned into a shot which deceived Benfield and flew into the far top corner.

Confidence flowed through the home side. Their pass-and-move football created space, and with Modric-lookalike Ethan Chislett pulling the strings in midfield, it was a difficult time for the Magpies.

And things got worse on 21 minutes. An in-swinging free-kick from wide on the right found home debutant defender Junior Eldstal in space in the centre of the goal area, and he had the easiest of tasks to head past the static Benfield.

But then the fight-back began. On 25 minutes Luke Burbidge threaded a brilliant ball through the home central defenders. Toby Holmes raced onto it but home keeper Bertie Schotterl made a fine sprawling save on the edge of his goal area. Just after the half-hour mark, James Stokoe found Burbidge who again sent Toby through only to be thwarted once more by the keeper. A minute later another through ball saw Toby beat the keeper, but his toe-poked effort hit the outside of the post. Luke Holmes, coming in from the right, forced Schotterl into a diving save, before another Stokoe, Burbidge, Toby combination ended with the striker putting the ball in the net, but from an offside position. On 43 minutes, from Wimborne’s fourth corner of the half, Stokoe and Schotterl had an aerial battle, which the keeper won at the third attempt. And then, in the final minute of the half, Penny’s cross-cum-shot from wide on the right was heading for the top corner before the tall keeper’s outstretched arm tipped the ball over the bar.

Wimborne started the second period on the front foot. After a good build-up, Burbidge tested Schotterl. Then on 48 minutes, they pulled a goal back. Burbidge trickery on the right ended with a chip into the goal area where Luke Holmes headed home.

With Wimborne playing the ball on the ground at a high tempo, all the play was towards The Met’s goal. Young’s through ball on the left for Toby was desperately cleared, and Pettefer’s pass down the right forced the keeper to rush out. Luke Holmes won the ball back wide on the right but Burbidge was crowded out before he could get a shot away. On 71 minutes, the visitors broke quickly after clearing a corner. Burbidge, inevitably, found Toby down the inside-right channel. This time he evaded the keeper to score – game on!

The Police were well and truly rattled. Two minutes later the two Holmes combined to create a shooting opportunity for Billy Maybury whose shot was blocked. On 79 minutes Toby was hauled down just outside the penalty area as he chased a through ball. Twenty-two yards from goal – it was Maybury territory. His free-kick went over the wall, and was dipping under the bar, when Schotterl made another fine diving save to tip the ball over. Burbidge had the ball in the net two minutes later, but it was ruled out for a push on the keeper.

As Wimborne’s tired legs chased an equaliser, gaps were left at the back. And on 83 minutes, The Met exploited that. Breaking quickly, they outnumbered the Magpies defence, moved the ball to Robertson on the right and he finished past Benfield to seal the points with their only goal attempt on target of the half. (Their other attempt was high, wide, and not very handsome.)

A cracking game of football which once more showed what we already know, Wimborne can live with any team in this division. We can score goals, all we’ve got to do is stop conceding them – simples!

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury, Davidson, Lee, Pettefer, Stokoe, Young, T.Holmes, Burbidge, L.Holmes.

Unused subs: Francis, Shepherd, Owen, Walsh, Traynor