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Taunton Town 4-2 Wimborne Town FC

Despite holding an interval lead, and scoring twice, Wimborne returned home without reward.

Yet it all started so well. Curtis Young drilling the ball past Lloyd Irish from the edge of the box on 12 minutes after patient possession play through mid-field. Although the Peacocks peppered Gerard Benfield’s goal from distance, the closest they came in the first period was when Craig Veal’s shot hit the top of the bar on 44 minutes.
Wimborne dominated the first ten minutes of the second half with slick pass and move football. Following such a flowing move down the right, Franklyn Clarke’s goal-bound shot was blocked. And instead of the cushion of a two-goal lead, the Magpies found themselves back on level terms as the home side counter-attacked at pace and Ryan Brett scored after a strong run through mid-field on 56 minutes.
This was the start of a power-play by the athletic hosts. Two minutes later Benfield managed to turn another Brett rocket onto the bar before Dan Sullivan reacted quickest to score from the rebound. On 73 minutes Matt Wright crossed from the right by-line for Craig Veal to slide in and score, and five minutes later Wright drove the ball through Benfield for number four.
There was consolation for the visitors when returning substitute Jack Lovell was played through by Luke Burbidge to score with his first touch seven minutes before the end.
There was much to admire about Wimborne’s performance, but Taunton were too strong and quick during that devastating 22-minute period.
Full report and match stats to follow in RECAP

PREVIEW: Taunton Town FC V Wimborne Town FC

The Magpies head to Somerset this Saturday, as they face Taunton Town FC in Matchday 14.

Unlike the previous time we made the trip to Taunton, this fixture comes just three months into the season and is set to be played as arranged. Last season, this fixture was postponed on five occasions, with the match ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw, making it worth the wait at least! We’ve got the match report from that night, the programme from our home fixture and much more…

Matty’s men go into the game off the back of a hard fought win last weekend against mid-table Hartley Wintney, in which a Franklyn Clarke brace was enough to see off the Hampshire side [Highlights here]. They also travel to The Viridor Stadium with Sam Davidson having come back from a three game suspension, after his red card against Frome Town back in October.

Wimborne will back looking for their first win on the road this season but know it will be a difficult afternoon against a Taunton side, not only unbeaten at home but having also scored 14 goals in just 5 home matches. They’ve been denied only twice in front of goal this season in the league, a 0-0 draw at home to Basingstoke Town and a 1-0 defeat a fortnight ago away to Poole Town.

It’s 3rd versus 17th this Saturday and goals are guaranteed. Wimborne have had no trouble finding the back of the net, last being denied in-front of goal over a month ago, when we narrowly lost 1-0 to leaders Weymouth FC, scoring 14 goals in the time since.

You can follow the game with live tweets via our Twitter feed @WimborneTownFC

The matchday programme from the last time we faced Taunton Town FC can be downloaded HERE.

Graham Dunn’s report from our last trip to Taunton Town…


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This five-times-postponed game was well worth the wait, it had everything – 6 goals, a penalty, a sending-off, a disallowed goal, an equaliser deep into added-on time, young men shouting themselves hoarse, and old men skipping across the grass at the end!

Both sides came into this game on unbeaten runs – the Peacocks, the run-away league leaders, hadn’t tasted defeat in 2018; the Magpies unbeaten in nine. Wimborne were without Luke Holmes and Louis Kellaway, so manager Holmes brought Sam Davidson and James Stokoe into his starting line-up.

The visitors had the first chance, in the first minute. Billy Maybury, playing in midfield, put Luke Burbidge through on goal, but keeper Lloyd Irish rushed out to block. Both sides were soon playing to their strengths: Taunton’s lively strikers feeding off balls aimed at target man Matt Wright, who was a real handful all evening; Wimborne looking to create space for their speedy front men.

And it was from such a move that the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes. Burbidge put Toby Holmes behind the home defence. Keeper Irish fouled the prolific striker who picked himself up to rifle home the resulting penalty. The lead lasted just eight minutes. Craig Veal collected a high ball just inside the penalty area, turned quickly, and shot beyond Gerard Benfield. With most of the crowd behind them, Taunton pressed forward and took the lead three minutes later. Matt Buses’s low cross from the right found Veal and he bagged his second of the night.

Paddy Hester headed off the line, and Benfield made two good saves as the visitors worked hard to stay in the game. They steadied the ship and equalised with the goal of the game on 40 minutes. Skipper Scott Arnold played the ball wide on the right to Jack Lovell, he slipped it inside to Burbidge, who chipped through for Holmes to cleverly score from an acute angle. Early in the second half the Wimborne defence repelled an aerial bombardment as Taunton had 4 corners in quick succession. At the other end Irish saved from Holmes when one-on-one, Stokoe and Burbidge.

The visitors were reduced to ten men on 71 minutes when Arnold was sent off for a late challenge on Dan Sullivan. Moments later Benfield made a magnificent diving save form Veal before Taunton thought they had taken the lead when Sullivan’s cross was fired home. The officials spotted an infringement, and the temperature inside the ground continued to rise. Holmes instant shot from Lovell’s cross was well-saved by Irish as time counted down.

But on 90 minutes Sullivan’s curled effort from the edge of the box took a deflection to beat Benfield. But this is Matty Holmes’ black and white army, although they were playing in orange, and they weren’t going to be denied. Five minutes into added-on time, Burbidge was fouled in the “D”. Like a golfer sizing up his putt, Maybury calculated his angles to beat the wall and score off the post. It was an equaliser that Wimborne fully deserved in a game which was a terrific advert for nonleague football.

It doesn’t get much more exciting than this. Or does it?

WIMBORNE TEAM: Gerard Benfield, Scott Arnold (Capt), Paddy Hester, Matt Oldring, Sam Davidson, Lee Francis, James Stokoe, Billy Maybury, Toby Holmes, Luke Burbidge, Jack Lovell.

SUBS NOT USED: Loyd Cole, Ben Walker, Sam Bayston, David Walsh

Att: 385

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Draw: Dorset Senior Cup Quarter Final

Wimborne Town FC will make the short trip to the Cockrams Stadium to face Shaftesbury Town in the Quarter Final of the Dorset Senior Cup 2019.

On Tuesday evening, The Rockies put in a superb second half performance to dispatch Sherborne Town FC 3-0 and set up a repeat of the 2018 final. Wimborne Town enter the competition at this stage, having been given a bye to the Quarter Final as defending champions.

The Magpies will be looking to retain the trophy, having seen off Shaftesbury Town 7-0 in April, with four goals from Toby Holmes alongside strikes from Billy Maybury, Luke Burbidge and Luke Holmes.

The game will be played on Tuesday 4th December, kick off 7:45pm.

Elsewhere, Poole Town welcome Swanage and Herston FC, Verwood travel to Bridport and Weymouth will host Dorchester Town.

Full details on the cup, including fixtures and results can be found here.


Thank you Louis Kellaway

Saturday marked the final appearance for Louis Kellaway before he departs for Australia for the rest of the season.

Having progressed through the youth system, Louis, just 21, made his 100th start for the Magpies last season and has proved to be a crucial part of the team’s dynamic and success over the last few years. Louis started in our 7-0 Dorset Senior Cup Final victory back in April 2018, and in both Play Off semi and final just a month later. Matty Holmes hopes this isn’t the last we’ll see of Louis, and he’s always welcome back to the Cuthbury. We’ve compiled a few of his best moments below.

We wish one of our own the very best of luck in his travels. 

RECAP: Wimborne Town FC 2-1 Hartley Wintney

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For the third consecutive game Wimborne took a 2-1 lead. But this time a determined defence repelled everything the visitors could throw at them in front of another 300+ crowd.

With only twelve of his regular squad available, Manager Matty Holmes moved versatile Franklyn Clarke up front and was rewarded with a two-goal haul by his recent signing who has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite. Louis Kellaway, another fans’ favourite, was made captain for the day on his last appearance for a while.

But this was a real team performance. On five minutes, Luke Burbidge, who gave his full-back a torrid afternoon, tricked his way to the by-line, only for the ball to be cleared off the line. The visitors responded with fluid pass-and-move football orchestrated through mid-field by Rowan Vine, and they thought they had taken the lead on 10 minutes. Nic Ciardini’s header from a right wing cross left Gerard Benfield stranded only for the ball to come back off the inside of the post. Six minutes later another slick move by The Row ended with the ball in the net, but was disallowed for off-side.

On 19 minutes Clarke sent an audacious volley from 25 yards inches over Adam Desbois’ crossbar. Shortly after Burbidge, who was a menace to the visitors’ defence all afternoon, fired the ball across the face of the goal, and then made space to try a shot from distance.

With play flowing from end to end, a goal seemed inevitable. And when it came, on the half-hour mark, it was a cracker. Clarke, on the left corner of the penalty box, stepped inside and fired a sparkler over Desbois into the top corner.

Despite Hartley Wintney’s dominance in the air from set pieces, they had no efforts on target during the first period. As the game continued at pace, referee Parsons had a difficult call to make right on half-time. Burbidge, working his way along the left by-line, went down under a defender’s challenge and was convinced he’d received a helping hand, but Parsons waved play on.

The Row equalised six minutes into the second period. Desbois’ long clearance bounced once before Ross Cook volleyed past Benfield. On 57 minutes we almost had what the majority of the crowd wanted, but Kellaway’s header from Stefan Penny’s cross went wide. Both keepers were called into action to make spectacular saves – Benfield from Nathan Smart and Desbois from Burbidge.

On the hour mark, Clarke instantly controlled Benfield’s clearance and from distance sent a lob over the bar. At the other end, Paddy Hester made a goal-saving clearance as the visitors launched an aerial bombardment.

With a quarter of the game remaining, Wimborne bagged the winner. James Stokoe sent a cross-field ball out to Burbidge on the wing. He teased his defenders before floating a cross to the far post. Although Desbois got a finger-tip on it, Clarke was in the right place to head home.

Pressure from the visitors intensified: Stokoe cleared off the line, Matt Oldring, relishing the challenge, threw himself in the way of a shot, Benfield made two crucial saves, while both Ciardini and Jack Ball headed over. But Wimborne were determined to secure a third successive home league win, and after three minutes of added-on time, referee Parsons brought a thrilling game to an end.

Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Hester, Arnold, Oldring, Kellaway, Syokoe, L.Holmes, Clarke, Burbidge, Young (Lee 75). Unused subs: Collins, McWilliams, Hall, Traynor.

Att: 326

Graham Dunn reports.

Clarke brace gives Wimborne the points

The first-ever meeting between these two sides produced an end-to-end feast of attacking football.

After a flowing one-touch move down the right, the visitors looked to have taken the lead on 10 minutes when Nic Ciardini’s deft header beat keeper Gerard Benfield but came back off the inside of the post. However, it was the home side who took the lead on the half-hour. Franklyn Clarke, coming in from the left, majestically curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.
Hartley were unable to turn their aerial dominance at set pieces into goals as Wimborne’s goal somehow remained in tact to half-time. But just six minutes into the second period that changed when the visitors went route one. Keeper Adam Desbois’ long clearance bounced once before Ross Cook volleyed past Benfield.
Both keepers made spectacular saves – Benfield from Nathan Smart, and Desbois from Luke Burbidge – before Wimborne regained the lead with a quarter of the game remaining. James Stokoe found the elusive Burbidge wide on the right, and his perfectly-flighted cross was headed home at the far post by Clarke.
There was little respite for the home defence as Hartley went all out for the equaliser. But with that defiant back-line determined not to be beaten again, Wimborne held out for a much-needed win which lifts them to 17th in the table.
Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Hester, Arnold, Oldring, Kellaway, Syokoe, L.Holmes, Clarke, Burbidge, Young (Lee 75). Unused subs: Collins, McWilliams, Hall, Traynor.
Att: 326
Full match report, interviews, photos and matchday program to follow in ‘RECAP’

VIDEO: October in 60 seconds

October has been a busy month for the Magpies, playing seven games in all across three different competitions.

Relive some of the moments including beating League Leaders Weymouth FC at home in the cup, winning two games in a row for the first time in the league and Franklyn Clarke’s debut belter. What a hit son…

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