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First team players departing

We can confirm that first team players Matt Oldring and Lee Francis have left the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The following is a statement from Manager Matty Holmes.

‘Matty has decided not to resign for the new season, with university commitments in Leeds for his final year and football commitments too much. Matty has been a fantastic player for us and helped us secure a Play Off final place and secure safety in our first ever season in the Southern Premier.

He has been a great leader and always given us 100%, he will be a big miss around the place.
We wish him well for the future.

After a difficult conversation with Frano, it is with heavy heart that Lee will not be staying with us next season. Since his arrival from Barnstaple, he has become a popular figure and valued member of the squad.

He was an instrumental part of the team in our Play Off season, and in retaining our Southern Premier status this year. We wish Lee well for the future.’

Lee Francis made 34 appearances in all competitions this season and battled back from a nasty chest injury earlier in the season. Matty Oldring scored two important goals this year, the most memorable being the second in a 2-0 victory at Harrow Borough to put the Magpies in the driving seat for guaranteeing another season at this level.

Club statistics:

Lee Francis – 78 appearances (52 starts, 26 subs), 5 goals

Matt Oldring – 88 appearances (84 starts, 4 subs), 11 goals.
By season:
Lee Francis:
2017-18: 44 apps (26, 18), 4 goals
2018-19: 34 apps (26, 8), 1 goal
Matt Oldring:
2016-17:  6 apps (6, 0), 0 goals
2017-18: 49 apps (47, 2), 8 goals
2018-19: 33 apps (31, 2), 3 goals

Wimborne Town Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for their commitment and efforts to the club over recent years. 

Player Trials

Wimborne Town FC are excited to announce that we are joining the Junior Premier League next season, and we are looking forward to competing with the best talent in and around the South region.

We are entering two teams in to league: U14’s and U15’s.

Both squads will be holding open trials in June with dates and venue for each age group to be announced very soon.

  • At Wimborne Town FC, we believe in player development and providing the players who are willing to learn and show great attitude, dedication, with an excellent player pathway to the possibility off senior football, with outcome for every player playing at their highest standard possible.

If you have any questions or for further information, please contact our WTFC JPL lead coaches: WimborneTownJPL@outlook.com

Cabaret Evening with Paul Michael

Paul Michael returns to the Clubhouse this June, back by popular demand after his successful Pavarotti night a few weeks ago.

On Friday 14th June, he is doing a Cabaret Style evening with a mixture of different genres. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now!

Available from the clubhouse or call Clive on 01202 884821.

 

AFC Bournemouth Legends VS Armed Forces XI Charity Match Cancelled

Unfortunately on the 5th April Sky Sports moved some of the Premier League fixtures for the penultimate games of the season. Due to the AFC Bournemouth game being moved we had to cancel this event.

The game has been moved back to Saturday May 4th! Although this has now been moved back it made it impossible for us to rearrange the charity match in under 2 weeks.

We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused as we realise how disappointing it is for everyone concerned.

With no new date to offer you full refunds for tickets purchased here are being held with Clive.

Please contact Clive for your refund.

Goals and Funnies of the Season

2018-19 has been a season that will live long in the memory of all Wimborne fans, with some stand out goals and indeed, some memorable comedic moments.

You can re-watch both videos from the Presentation Night below…

Premiership Status Confirmed…

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chesham United was enough to ensure the Magpies retained their Evo-Stik Southern Premier status.

Having lost the playoff final to Swindon Supermarine by the smallest of margins last year in a penalty shootout, Wimborne were given just three weeks preparation for the new season after the resignation of Shaw Lane FC and the subsequent league restructuring.

A disrupted pre-season and little time for player recruitment prior to the opening fixture away to Farnborough, saw Wimborne struggle and pick up just four points from their opening eight games. Agonising late defeats to Weymouth and Basingstoke reinforced the importance of squad depth, with Magpie legs looking tired and often being overwhelmed by the quality of substitutions from the opposition.

The return of former Poole midfielder Franklyn Clarke in October, inspired a 5-0 rout over Kings Langley, the first of a five game winning run on home soil, and an upturn in form in which the Magpies would take maximum points from the likes of Met Police,Poole Town and Merthyr Town. An unbeaten home run from September being ended by Salisbury six months later.

The league standings continued to shift drastically over the nine month season, with Chesham climbing to midtable post Christmas after a disastrous start, Hendon collapsing from a title push to relegation scrap, and lower-midtable to the relegation places, often being separated by just a number of points.

Crucial wins at Harrow Borough and at home to Swindon Supermarine ended a disappointing run in March, with Wimborne all but safe by Easter Monday. Bar a capitulation on the pitch, with a seven goal swing and numerous results going the wrong way, a single point would guarantee the Magpies another season at their highest ever level.

And achieve that they did. The Magpie faithful cheering home the players to a relatively comfortable 0-0 draw and Wimborne climbed to 14th position. Basingstoke Town joined Staines and Frome Town in relegation to the league below, Walton’s 2-1 victory at Merthyr proving a final day lifeline to avoid the drop.

A huge congratulations to the players, coaching staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and the supporters for this fantastic season.

Full reaction to Saturday’s game and our survival can be found on our Twitter page @WimborneTownFC, Facebook @WimborneTownFC and Instagram @officialwtfc

Dorset FA Awards: Brian Sibley and Andy Fripp

Everyone at Wimborne Town FC would like to congratulate Brian Sibley for winning the Dorset FA Groundsman of the Year and Andy Fripp for his Outstanding contribution to Dorset football as a coach.

Both Brian and Andy received their awards on Friday evening at the presentation ceremony in Blandford. ‘Sibbo’ has been an incredibly loyal servant to the club for decades and his tireless work has not gone unnoticed with looking after both playing pitches, ground maintenance and for ensuring the Cuthbury met the recent FA ground regulations.

Andy has been a key part of Wimborne Town’s recent growth at youth level, with various age groups developing extremely well and development being reflected in cup success.

Congratulations to Brian and Andy on their awards!

You can watch both recognition videos below…

FULL TIME: Wimborne Town 0-0 Chesham United

A third clean sheet in the final four league games of this historic season was enough to earn that vital point which secured Wimborne’s place in the Southern League Premier Division. The home side played most of the second half with ten men after central defender Sam Davidson was sent off by referee Harris.

Manager Matty Holmes included Sam Bayston and Luke Holmes in his starting XI.

Luke Holmes set Luke Burbidge free on the right in the first minute but his low cross-cum-shot was grasped by keeper Charlie Taylor, who made a comfortable save ten minutes later when Burbidge cut in from the left. In a cagey opening, it was clear that Chesham’s defence was well-organised and that clear-cut chances would be at a premium. But one of those came just before the quarter-hour mark – Burbidge lofted a ball over the back-line for the galloping Toby Holmes but his effort from an acute angle on the right found the side-netting.

On 18 minutes the busy Burbidge created a central opportunity for himself but dragged his shot wide of the post; Franklyn Clarke’s shot from 20 yards took a deflection before Taylor made the save; and after good inter-play down the right, Jordan Lee deceived the covering defender before driving the ball across the face of the goal from the by-line.

Chesham’s mobile mid-field and attack combined well with Ronny Nfinda shooting over on 7 minutes, Gerard Benfield making a catch at full-stretch from a flicked header on 22 minutes, and Dave Pearce firing wide from a short-corner routine two minutes later.

The Magpies’ best chances of the half came just before the break. Luke Holmes inviting cross from the right of the penalty box was met by a leaping Toby at the far post, but, heading back across the goal, he beat both the keeper and the post. Then, after a free-kick was half-cleared to the edge of the box, Bayston’s volley was blocked on the line by a well-positioned defender.

Now with the wind at their backs, Wimborne’s plans for the second period were thrown into disarray on 48 minutes when Davidson was sent off for something he’d said to the referee. The versatile Clarke joined the back-line with skipper Billy Maybury, who had an excellent game, joining Matt Oldring in central defence, and Lee moving over to the left.

A minute later keeper Taylor made a sprawling save at the feet of Toby, but, apart from some typical Burbidge trickery on the right, most of the play was towards the home goal as Chesham began to exert pressure. Pearce headed wide from Bradley Clayton’s cross; Lee hacked the ball away after Benfield made a good save from Billy Adcock’s long shot; Maybury made a vital stretching interception; Nfinda’s cross evaded everyone; and substitute Luke Heneghan’s shot from 20 yards went wide.

The last good chance of the game fell to substitute Aidan Shepherd. After a fine individual run, Burbidge slipped the ball through to the youngster but keeper Taylor made another sprawling save at his feet.

After two minutes of added-on time, Wimborne had that vital point thanks to another determined team performance epitomised by unsung hero Carl Pettefer in midfield. But everyone put in a shift and deserved their lap of honour in front of an appreciative crowd.

Matty’s men finished three points clear of relegation, above Dorchester, in a remarkable 14th place. Given Matty had only three weeks’ notice that we’d be playing our first ever season at Step 3, this is an amazing performance.

Bring on next season!!

*Basingstoke Town joined Staines and Frome Town in relegation to the Evo-Stik Southern Division.

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Clarke, L.Holmes, T.Holmes (Shepherd 84), Burbidge, Bayston (Stokoe 56) 

Unused subs: Collins, Francis

Att: 437

The Matchday Programme can be downloaded HERE: Chesham 27 April 2019 v2 compact

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Chesham United

The 2018-19 season concludes this Saturday and the Magpies see off their heroic and historical campaign on home soil, as Chesham United make the trip down to the Koolpak Stadium, with the hosts 20/21 favourites at BetVictor…

With survival all but confirmed, Wimborne will be looking to sign off in style in-front of a bustling home crowd, who have been instrumental in this monumental campaign. Sitting in 15th place, three points could see the Magpies climb to 13th by the end of play. Defeat and a number of results going the other way, and Wimborne may find themselves just outside the relegation places. It’s that congested, with only three points separating the Magpies from 20th placed Walton Casuals, who have a seven goal inferior goal difference.

Meanwhile visitors Chesham could leapfrog last Saturday’s opponents Swindon Supermarine, and climb three places to 8th with a victory. The Generals, who had lost seven of their first eight league games, held the Magpies to a 1-1 back in September, their only point until a 1-0 victory on the road to Farnborough nearly a month later. Unbeaten in fourteen since Christmas Day, with the reverse fixture ending in the other way round, to end that run. The Magpies, who had a similar streak post Christmas, had lost six of their last seven prior to crucial wins away at Harrow and against Swindon Supermarine.

Chesham are unbeaten on the road since December and keep goals at both end very limited. Wimborne have bagged 18 more goals than the visitors, but have conceded two dozen more. Let’s not end on a 0-0…

The Clubhouse will also be hosting a pre-match Happy Hour, with all pints just £2.50!

With the season drawing to a close, why not sign up to BetVictor and have a flutter on this weekends fixtures? Enjoy great odds on all football matches with this promotion.

Club Officials and Players are not permitted to bet. Please gamble responsibly. 

Presentation Night

Saturday’s game will be followed by our annual End of Season awards night. Drinks reception and arrival from 7:30 for a timely 8:00pm start.

All supporters, friends, family and locals are welcome to attend and celebrate a brilliant debut season at the highest level for Wimborne Town FC.

Amongst other things, Matty will deliver awards to the Players of the year, whilst there will also be a Goals of the Season and Funnies compilation video presentation. Brian Sibley’s ‘Groundsman of the Year’ Dorset FA Award video will be screened aswell.

The night will also be a chance to thank our long serving Matchday Hostess; Michele Govier, who departs after many years of service.

We hope you can join us this Saturday evening.

 

End of Season Presentation Night

This Saturday is the final league game of the season for the Magpies, who have done fantastically well to all but secure another season in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South.

We welcome Chesham United to the Koolpak Stadium for the usual 3pm kick off, which will be followed by our annual End of Season awards night. Drinks reception and arrival from 7:30 for a timely 8:00pm start.

All supporters, friends, family and locals are welcome to attend and celebrate a brilliant debut season at the highest level for Wimborne Town FC.

Amongst other things, Matty will deliver awards to the Players of the year, whilst there will also be a Goals of the Season and Funnies compilation video presentation. Brian Sibley’s ‘Groundsman of the Year’ Dorset FA Award video will be screened aswell.

The night will also be a chance to thank our long serving Matchday Hostess; Michele Govier, who departs after many years of service.

We hope you can join us this Saturday evening.