Wimborne bagged their fifth successive home league win in a highly entertaining game as both teams created goal attempts galore. But fine goalkeeping, magnificent defending, and profligate finishing kept the score down.
It’s been a busy month for the Magpies and December looks to be even tougher with no less than seven league games and cup ties in both the Dorset Senior Cup and in the City Security Services League Challenge Cup.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the highlights of November…
The Magpies’ longest trip of the season consisted of a protracted 3-hour coach journey to Merthyr in South Wales.
On the back of a 3-0 win from last week’s game against Poole in the CSS League Challenge Cup, Manager Matty Holmes led his team into the Dragons’ lair. He returned Gerard Benfield to his starting XI in goal, and was rewarded with possibly one of the best performance the big keeper has ever made for the Magpies.
A win at Merthyr would have extended Wimborne’s winning streak to 3 games. Before last week’s two games, Merthyr’s home league record showed only 1 win out of 5 games this season, so there was reason for optimism.
With a crowd of just under 400, Wimborne went underway in the first half adapting to the cold breeze that flowed in the afternoon from the hill tops of Southern Wales. On 15 minutes Franklyn Clarke curled in a low shot to the bottom right corner which was parried out of danger. Merthyr’s No.7 fired in a promising shot from the right-hand side which just skipped past the left post.
Running down the right-side, Luke Burbidge drilled in a close range shot which was saved and then the rebounding effort came back to Luke as he fired wide in the 43rd minute. Franklyn Clarke volleyed the ball from range outside the box as it just went over the goal.
Wimborne’s closest effort came on 45 minutes when Toby Holmes was played through past the defence and netted… only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside. The Magpies couldn’t just quite find a goal but their tremendous effort of keeping Merthyr out of the game was most promising.
The second half was mainly dominated by the Dragons. Merthyr kept attacking and attacking, the homes side’s no 14 fired a quick shot towards Benfield as he just managed to save the oncoming fast shot.
Perhaps Gerard had watched the video of ex-Wimborne goalkeeper Jason Harvell’s brilliant performance against Merthyr a few years ago, as the big stopper started to replicate that heroic display for the last 40 minutes of play.
It was on the 51st minute that Gerard managed to somehow save three shots within half a minute. Twelve minutes later, defender Matty Oldring used his height to clear the ball off the line, and following that there was another great save by Gerard.
Despite Benfield’s efforts, Merthyr’s first goal came on 69 minutes when Ian Traylor broke the deadlock from just outside the 6-yard box.
Wimborne carried on fighting till the very end hoping to at least equalise after all that valiant defending. However, The Dragons sealed off the game with one last blow when Kerry Morgan scored from an oncoming cross to his right on the 92nd minute.
Wimborne are set to play Tiverton Town who sit in the top half of the table, when the come to Wimborne this coming Saturday. In an attempt to maintain their 6-home game winning streak Wimborne will want to continue this winning streak because at the moment most of our points are from home games. We would like to see you all there to cheer on the lads!
Max Emes reporting.
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In the second round of the City Securities Services League Challenge Cup, Wimborne Town hosted local rivals Poole Town at the Koolpak Stadium.
Six of Saturday’s starting eleven had been rested in consideration of this coming Saturday’s long trip to Merthyr. Two players returning from injury, Lee Francis and Billy Maybury, started for the Magpies; recent signing Steve Flynn replaced Toby Holmes and played a full 90 minutes; another new signing, defender Andrew Shah, made his debut; while Gerard Benfield was on the bench for Chad Collins who kept a clean sheet. With the confidence of four consecutive home wins, the Magpies progressed to the last sixteen with a convincing 3-0 win over the Dolphins
Wimborne’s first opportunity came in the 2nd minute with fullback Shah whipping in a low cross to Flynn but it ended up in the keeper’s gloves. Poole’s forward Boban Marikj fired the ball towards the left post which Chad Collins saved on the 11th minute. Wide open Charlie Davis struck a volley but as the ball bounced on the floor Collins again caught the incoming shot.
An initial shot on goal from Luke Burbidge saw Curtis Young leap onto the rebounded shot to fire from the left side of the box, but keeper Ben Rolleston made an impressive double save to parry it out for a corner. That corner was headed out to Young who fired a low ball from outside the box, and midway through that journey the ball was deflected and left the keeper standing in shock as Wimborne added a goal to the scoresheet.
Looking for a second goal, Wimborne continued attacking. Rhys Owen fired from the left-hand side of the pitch, the elevation of the ball was perfect as it just dipped down but was slightly wide of the post on the 27th minute. Shah made an overlap run on the right-hand side and when Burbidge passed a through ball to Shah it left him 1 on 1 with the keeper and he fired quickly, but Rolleston managed to make an important save as the ball bounced off his foot and went out of play.
Luke Holmes delivered a great through ball to Flynn but the striker wasn’t able to hit the back of the net, with Poole’s goalkeeper only just diverting to the other side of the goal. Wimborne’s second goal came 5 minutes before the interval when Holmes played the ball across goal to the open Burbidge who scored against his former club to give the Magpies a 2-0 half-time lead.
A brilliant cross from Burbidge ended up to goal scorer Young who blasted the ball in mid-air for a goal kick in the 63rd minute. Three minutes later Poole’s striker Patrick McKay was played through past Wimborne’s defence as he fired the ball right towards keeper Collins.
A high cross was played to the far post to aerial threat Flynn who then headed the ball over to James Stokoe on the other side, however Poole substitute Steve Richardson managed to toe poke the ball away from goal but only to former teammate Burbidge who drilled in his second goal of the evening on the 90th minute.
Although snatching up the three points on Saturday with a tight 1-0 win against Staines Town in the league, the Magpies played a great game of football with a 3-0 win over rivals Poole Town in front of a crowd of 247 on a very chilly evening, to extend their winning home streak.
Wimborne: Collins, Shah, Penny, Arnold, Maybury (Stokoe 58), Francis, Owen (McWilliams 75), L.Holmes (Bradley 67), Flynn, Burbidge, Young. Unused sub: Benfield
In the third round of this competition, Wimborne have been drawn at home to Bideford, probably on 11th December.
Report by Max Emes
The club can today confirm that Kieran Douglas has signed a dual contract agreement with the Magpies.
Kieran, who currently plays for Christchurch FC as a centre back, is 6ft 4in, composed on the ball and has good pace. He is the second new signing of the week, joining Steve Flynn from Bournemouth Poppies, who made an impressive debut off the bench last Saturday against Staines Town.
Kieran Douglas will not be available for selection on Tuesday night, as we face Poole Town in the next round of the City Security Services League Challenge Cup.
For the first time in eight matches, Wimborne scored just once, but, with a rare clean-sheet, it was enough to take the points in this first-ever clash between the Magpies and the Swans.
Manager Matty Holmes brought Stefan Penny and Toby Holmes into his starting line-up. Staines, led by their second new manager of the season, had signed another five players during the week.
The opening minutes of the match were like a game of chess as the teams probed for openings. Franklyn Clarke fired a low cross into the goalmouth following a quick throw-in down the left on 6 minutes, Curtis Young did likewise from the right following a spell of good possession, and Luke Burbidge’s cross from the left was well caught by visiting keeper Louis Dixon on 12 minutes.
But with a quarter of the game gone, play opened up and chess gave way to tennis as both sides counter-attacked at pace. After Young had a shot blocked for Wimborne, Staines’ full-back Makhosini Ryan Khanye found space on the left to fire inches wide, and then his fellow defender Finley Tapp tested the home defence with a slaloming run from deep. At the other end visiting stopper Dixon made a great save to keep out Toby Holmes before Sam Davidson headed Luke Holmes’ cross agonisingly wide.
It was breath-taking fare as play flowed from end-to-end, with both teams keeping the ball on the ground and displaying their full repertoire of skills.
The only goal of the game came on 44 minutes. James Stokoe managed to get something on Franklyn Clarke’s whipped-in cross from wide on the left.
After the break, Staines’ Joseph McEvoy had a vicious shot blocked on 51 minutes before Matty Oldring’s diving header from Burbidge’s free-kick was inches away from doubling Wimborne’s lead.
However, the defences, marshalled by Oldring and Tapp, stood firm as chances were created at both ends. Behind them the keepers were in great form. Dixon once more denied Toby Holmes after Luke Holmes’ perfectly-weighted pass had played him in on the left, and Gerard Benfield made a brilliant diving save to turn McEvoy’s goal-bound shot round the post.
Manager Holmes had made a double substitution with 20 minutes to go, withdrawing his two wide men and bringing on new addition Steve Flynn and, recovering from injury, Billy Maybury. Flynn has been banging in the goals for Poppies this season and looks to be a handful for defenders.
With strong performances throughout the team, this was a hard-earned three points for the Magpies which lifts them to 15th in the table. With surprising results elsewhere, it sends the Swans to the bottom, but, on this display, not for long.
Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Hester, Davidson, Oldring, Clarke, Stokoe, L.Holmes, T.Holmes, Burbidge (Flynn 70), Young (Maybury 70)
Unused subs: Arnold, Collins, Lee
Stats: Shots on target W-4 ST-7, off target W-5, ST-5, blocked W-3, ST-2, corners W-9, ST-9.
Graham Dunn reports.