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RECAP: Wimborne Town 4-0 Merthyr Town

Recap a fantastic performance against Merthyr Town last week with Max Eme’s full match report, Graham Dunn’s Programme and photos of the action by Steve and Marc Harris…

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Toby Holmes

Wimborne played their return league fixture against Merthyr Town who were sitting in the top half of the table. Having lost 2-0 when they travelled to Wales last November, Wimborne gained revenge by scoring 4 times as well as keeping a clean sheet.

Toby Holmes achieved his first hat trick in the Evo Stik League South Premier Division and a stunning volley by Luke Holmes saw the ball fly into the top corner. A healthy crowd of 433 saw the Magpies win a very entertaining game.

Wimborne’s first chance came when Luke Burbidge whipped in a free kick towards Luke Holmes but the midfielder headed the ball wide on the 9th minute. Merthyr’s Ian Traylor struck the ball for Gerard Benfield to save 8 minutes later. Full back Stefan Penny curled in a low cross across goal, but with no receiver on the other end the ball just skipped past the post.

Wimborne’s best opportunity so far came on the 21st minute when defender Matty Oldring headed the ball at close range to the top corner , but Merthyr’s goalkeeper  Lewis Webb responded with a quick reaction save to deny the hosts from scoring.

Merthyr forward Ryan Prosser used his strength to hold off Sam Davidson when he turned at an angle and fired the ball towards the bottom left corner which narrowly went wide. However, Wimborne scored first on the 24th minute when Luke Holmes played a lofted pass to Toby Holmes who darted past Merthyr’s defence and tapped the ball past Webb’s gloves to make it 1-0.

Having earlier been out-muscled in the box by Jared Wright, Toby Holmes found himself in the same position but dribbled past defender Matthew Harris and slotted the ball to the bottom right corner giving the Magpies a 2-0 lead in the 42nd minute.

Coming out for the second half, Wimborne extended their lead when Toby was played through on the right hand side and smashed the ball to the bottom left corner as he celebrated his first ever hat trick in the league on the 53rd minute. Three minutes later, dribbling alongside the terrace side, midfielder Luke Holmes launched an intriguing shot as the ball dipped to the bottom right corner as again Webb made an impressive save to his left.

From a set piece Ian Traylor thumped a low ball to the bottom left which Benfield saved to keep another clean sheet under his belt. Franklyn Clarke whacked the ball over the bar inside the box, and again was unable to finish a close opportunity when a lofted pass was played to the midfielder who toe-poked the ball over the bar on the 74th minute. Despite that, a minute later saw Clarke cross the ball towards the unmarked Luke Holmes who volleyed home an exquisite shot towards the top right corner and shared his delight with the home fans.

That was the last goal which was tallied down on the score sheet on a dark Saturday afternoon. The Magpies celebrated a resounding 4-0 win over Merthyr when the final whistle was blown by the referee, delighted to get a great result against a tough team such as Merthyr, which boosts the team’s morale.

Wimborne are set to play at Staines, who currently sit at the foot of the table, on Saturday.

Let’s get behind the boys for this crucial game!

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes, Burbidge (Owen 88), L.Holmes (Young 82)

Unused subs: Collins, Francis, Lee

Max Emes reporting.

Wimborne Town 4-0 Merthyr Town

Striker Toby Holmes gave a master-class in finishing as Wimborne continued their fine home form in front of another bumper crowd. But before Toby struck the first of his hat-trick, it was the two keepers who caught the eye.
First it was home stopper Gerard Benfield who denied Ian Traylor when played through on 18 minutes with a sprawling save, before Lewis Webb instinctively kept out Sam Davidson’s bullet header from a corner, and then clawed away Luke Holmes’ fierce drive heading for the top corner.
Then Toby Holmes took centre-stage. On 24 minutes Luke Holmes played him through on the left to open the scoring, and just before the interval his second came from Luke Burbidge’s pass down the right.
Wimborne started the second half where they had left off in the first, and on 52 minutes Toby completed his hat-trick, chasing down James Stokoe’s lofted pass and out-pacing the visitors’ defence to steer the ball past Webb.
Luke Holmes tested Webb from distance, and Franklyn Clarke fired over from Toby’s lay-off before the home side wrapped up the scoring, and three valuable points, on 73 minutes. Clarke’s cross from the right wing fell to Luke Holmes at the back post and he volleyed the ball home to complete a comprehensive victory.
Att: 433
Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes, Burbidge (Owen 88), L.Holmes (Young 82)
Unused subs: Collins, Francis, Lee
Full match report by Max Emes to follow.

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PREVIEW: Wimborne Town V Merthyr Town

Wimborne Town welcome Merthyr Town to the Koolpak stadium this Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat last week in difficult conditions away to Frome Town.

After Dorchester’s 1-0 win at Poole on Tuesday Wimborne Town are just outside the relegation zone in 19th. The league table is very tight with only 5 points separating 9th placed Farnborough on 32 points, to our 27 points in 19th.

In contrast, Merthyr Town are in 6th place with 38 points, where a win would move them within 2pts of playoff placed Met Police – though could slip to 8th should results go against them.

Despite their league position, their recent away form is nothing to write home about, having lost to Swindon Supermarine and Harrow Borough either side of a 3-2 victory at Frome in recent weeks. Winning just twice on the road in their last seven outings.

The reverse fixture ended in a 2-0 Merthyr victory back in November, with the Magpies having Gerard Benfield to thank for some inspired saves to keep the score respectable.

The current league table at the bottom is:

16th Dorchester Town  [played24] 30pts
17th Gosport Borough [played 25] 29pts
18th Basingstoke        [played 22] 28pts
19th Wimborne Town  [played 24] 27pts
20th Chesham            [played 23] 26pts
21st Frome Town        [played 25] 24pts
22nd Staines              [played 25] 9pts

Preview: Dorset Dave, Ben Trant

Community clubs and sessions

Wimborne Town FC are offering even more opportunities for community football, with girls training sessions, Saturday football club and walking football for over 55s…

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 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:

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

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 £575 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.

This 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)

Frome Town 1-0 Wimborne Town

After Wimborne had missed an early penalty, Frome bagged three crucial points late on with a scrappy goal to end the Magpies’ unbeaten 4-game run.

With Toby Holmes fit to play, but not Matty Oldring, Manager Matty Holmes restored James Stokoe to his starting XI with Curtis Young dropping to the bench.

Frome’s captain and left-back, Sam Teale, had the first attempt at goal on 4 minutes when his drive from 20 yards whistled past Gerard Benfield’s right-hand post. Almost immediately Stokoe responded with a snap shot which, too, went wide of the target.

Three minutes later Luke Burbidge tricked his full-back to cross from the by-line, but Frome’s stand-in keeper, manager Danny Greaves, made an easy catch.

On 10 minutes Burbidge was up to his tricks again. This time deceiving centre-back Marcus Mapstone whose long leg brought him down. Referee Baker decided the offence took place just inside the box. After a lengthy delay, Greaves guessed right and clawed away Toby Holmes’ spot kick.

At the mid-point of the half, Burbidge’s 20-yard free-kick was wide and high; Franklyn Clarke cut in from the left on 38 minutes but his shot was at a comfortable height for Greaves; and Stokoe’s charge through the middle just before the break came to nothing.

Apart from that it was a dour 45 minutes on a heavy, clinging pitch with defences in control. The hosts could only muster 2 attempts on goal, neither on target.

The second period started brighter. Skipper Billy Maybury made a decisive challenge to deny Ryan Bath while at the other end Toby was just beaten to the ball in a goalmouth scramble. Lee Francis showed great determination to come through two tackles, and Toby drew another save from Greaves at the near post from an acute angle. Maybury’s audacious 30-yard grubber free-kick was blocked before Luke Holmes shot wide following a characteristic driving run.

On the hour mark Curtis Young replaced Toby and was immediately in the action. Sam Davidson brought the ball out of defence and found Young. The substitute made light of the difficult surface down the inside-right channel, scampered past a defender and forced Greaves to an excellent full-length save.

Following a corner, Frome’s Mapstone volleyed against the bar at the mid-point of the half; and Gerard Benfield made a fine diving save from Ollie Knowles before that crucial goal on 82 minutes.

From a throw-in on the left, Frome’s Johnny Gorman worked his way into the box where his low cross took a deflection to beat Benfield at the far post.

There was time for a flurry of Wimborne free-kicks which the home defenders dealt with, but after four added minutes the referee brought this disappointing game to an end.

This was not a game which will linger long in the memory. As the fifth game in a tiring fifteen days, this was not a surface the players would have relished. Time and again players were banging the sticky mud off their boots. But, of course, it was the same for both teams. Frome adapted to the conditions better, and celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle.

Wimborne: Benfield, Francis (Douglas 76), Penny (Shepherd 88), Davidson, Maybury, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes (Young 60), Burbidge, L.Holmes

Unused subs: Collins, Owen

 Att: 198

Graham Dunn reports.

Full Report and Interview: Wimborne 3-2 Gosport

In a busy Christmas period, the Magpies had previously beaten Poole Town 5-2 on Boxing Day and drawn away at Dorchester 1-1 on Saturday. Despite looming above the relegation zone, Wimborne came out on top by beating Gosport Borough 3-2 at the Koolpak Stadium with an attendance of 451 on New Years Day.

Manager Matty Holmes sent out a strong starting eleven but had to make a late change when key defender Matty Oldring was announced unfit to play minutes before kickoff. Toby Holmes netted two goals for the Magpies before being substituted off because of a minor injury, and ex Wimborne goalkeeper Patrick O’Flaherty stood tall in Gosport’s goal trying to deny his former team-mates from scoring.

However, it would be striker Toby Holmes who was first on the scoresheet on the 9th minute when a lofted pass was played from Luke Burbidge and allowed Toby to lightly chip the ball over Patrick to make it 1-0. Gosport responded on the 15th minute when fullback Harry Medway played a low cross to winger Patrick Suraci who slotted the ball slightly wide to the left. A minute later ,there was a sense of relief from the home fans when Wimborne’s captain Billy Maybury magically cleared the ball off the line from George Barker’s original header towards goal.

Running on the right wing Luke Burbidge struck the ball towards Patrick which was parried out to the open Toby Holmes, who was all left by himself as unusually he scored this time not with his foot but his head to extend Wimborne’s lead to 2-0 on the 20th minute. Four minutes later Burbidge played a through ball to Toby who fired again from the right side but Patrick O’Flaherty had no problem with saving the oncoming shot heading towards the inside post.

Gosport’s captain Tony Lee was stretchered off shortly after, and was replaced by Gosport’s manager Craig MCallister. Before the break Gosport’s striker Ryan Pennery eagerly stood inside the box as he volleyed the ball from a cross but placed the shot wide to the left.

With the second half underway it looked clear that Toby Holmes couldn’t continue to play anymore due to an earlier collision with Gosport’s keeper. Wimborne’s star striker, who was on a hat-trick, was replaced by young Aidan Shepherd who would now get 40 minutes under his belt. The 51st minute saw Aidan Shepherd run into the box but he was brought down from a fair tackle by defender Sam Roberts whilst many supporters were shouting for a penalty.

On 62 minutes, midfielder Luke Holmes struck his shot towards Patrick from outside the box as again it was parried out, but this time the ball had rebounded to winger Curtis Young who darted and tapped in the rebounded shot to give Wimborne a pleasing 3-0 lead. Enjoying a 3-0 lead may have impacted Wimborne’s mentality of sitting back, but playing at this level it’s crucial to be on the alert throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Gosport exposed the hosts when substitute David Jerrard slotted the ball past Gerrard Benfield to the bottom right corner on the 75th minute. Five minutes later Ryan Pennery finally got his goal when he tapped the ball in from a low cross. Losing a 3 goal lead was almost near but Wimborne managed to switch on and prevent Gosport from scoring their 3rd. The Magpies finished the game achieving the much needed 3 points before heading over to play against Frome Town this oncoming Saturday. We hope to see many of you there!

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury (Capt), Davidson, Francis (Douglas 90), Pettefer, Clarke, Young, T.Holmes (Shepherd 48), Burbidge, L.Holmes.

Unused subs: Collins, Owen

Max Emes reporting.

Wimborne Town 3-2 Gosport Borough

A first-half brace from Toby Holmes, and a third from Curtis Young after an hour, were enough to see the Magpies home against a spirited fightback by Gosport.
On 9 minutes Luke Burbidge played a perfectly weighted ball over the visitors’ back-line for Toby to race onto and beat former Magpie Pat O’flaherty with a trademark finish. Ten minutes later the hosts doubled their advantage. Toby passed across the area to Burbidge whose first-time shot was well-saved by the keeper. However, his save forced the ball down then up and the alert Toby beat a defender to head over O’flaherty and into the net for his goal number 21 of the season.
Toby was replaced on 48 minutes by Aidan Shepherd. And it was the youngster who played a clever back-heel to Luke Holmes on 62 minutes to create the third. Holmes’ rasping drive was well-saved by the keeper, but the rebound fell to Curtis Young who drilled the ball into the net.
Gosport kept coming forward and got their reward on 73 minutes when substitute David Jerrard scored through a crowd of players in front of Gerard Benfield. Five minutes later the elusive Ryan Pennery was on the end of a slick passing move to reduce the lead to one.
It was an uncomfortable final quarter of an hour for home supporters, but Matty’s Magpies held out to make it 8 points from 12 over the Christmas and New Year period, and extend their home league run to six wins and a draw from the last seven.
Att: 451
Full report by Max Emes to follow.