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PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Hendon FC

Football returns to the Koolpak Stadium this Saturday, as Wimborne look to make amends for a narrow 3-2 defeat at Hendon in the reverse fixture and extend their unbeaten Home run in the league to eleven games. 

Matty’s men go into the game high on confidence, with the biggest setback probably being the postponed game against Hartley Wintney last Saturday, with snow proving the victor. Two of the league’s favourites in Taunton Town and Met Police have found the trip South tough in recent weeks, the latter on the end of a 3-0 defeat as January drew to a close.

Hendon were as high as 2nd in the table and 13pts ahead of Wimborne back in October when these two sides played in Gameweek 10. Hendon looked like serious contenders for promotion, scoring three in the first half, albeit two in quick succession during a poor period for the Magpies, as they ran out 3-2 winners in professional style. Since then however, the London outfit have fallen drastically, having lost 11 of their 19 games since, conceding 38 in that time. Compare that to their record then, when they had faced defeat just once and had the league’s second best defence (11). They haven’t won since the opening day of December, with their last win on the road interestingly at Hartley Wintney, the week before that 3-2 victory .

A stark contrast to Wimborne, who have adapted to the division, tightening up the defence with the return of Matty Oldring and going on to win nearly half of the nineteen games since that trip to London (9). A win for the Magpies could see us climb two places to 10th, should Beaconsfield and Swindon both lose. They host Merthyr and Poole Town respectively. Hendon meanwhile could find themselves just two points off the drop zone by Saturday evening, should results go against them.

A reminder that AFC Bournemouth Season Ticket holders are eligible for discounted entry this Saturday, with a flate rate of just £5 to those showing a valid 2018-19 AFC Bournemouth Season Ticket. 

Fixtures re-arranged

We have been advised that last Saturday’s postponed fixture away to Hartley Wintney is now scheduled to be played Tuesday 26th February 2019, with a 19:30 kick off.

Our Development squad game at home to Horndean in the Challenge Cup, has been re-arranged for Saturday 16th February 2019 with a 14:00 kick off.

£5 entry on Saturday…

We are delighted to be continuing our affordable football initiative as this Saturday, we are offering all AFC Bournemouth season ticket holders entry for just £5, as we welcome Hendon FC to the Koolpak Stadium!

Come support your local Non League side as we look to make it eleven consecutive home league games unbeaten. Enjoy attractive, attacking football with the league’s top scorer Toby Holmes, in a side that’s scored 11 goals in their last four on home soil.

With a wide range of beers, ciders and spirits on offer in our friendly clubhouse, complete with pool table, dartboard and fruit machines. Enjoy a burger, hotdog or chips from our BBQ, with pastries, snacks and hot drinks available from our tea hut.

To qualify for this offer, supporters must present a valid 2018-19 AFC Bournemouth Season Ticket when paying at the turnstiles. 

POSTPONED: Hartley Wintney V Wimborne Town

Unfortunately Saturday’s match away to Hartley Wintney has been postponed, on the advice of the League.

The re-arranged fixture date will be announced in due course.

The Magpies make it ten unbeaten at home!

After achieving an impressive 1-1 draw against league leaders Taunton Town on Saturday, Wimborne were set to play another difficult fixture against 2nd place Metropolitan Police FC on a chilly Tuesday evening.

Travelling from London, the Blues had only suffered one defeat out of 14 games so far this season on the road. This impressive away record spurred on the visitors to gain a good result. Defender Billy Maybury made his return after missing out Saturday’s important fixture.

The visitors started extremely well by applying pressure within Wimborne’s box, a scramble in the 6 yard box saw Sam Davidson clear the ball away from danger following Gerard Benfield’s double save on the 15th minute.

Blues captain Oliver Robinson headed the ball at the back of the net only for it to be ruled offside moments later. Two minutes later, forward Jack Mazzone struck a shot at close range for Gerard to make a quick fingertip save. Nesta-Guiness Walker volleyed the ball just wide to the right. At the other end Blues defender Alex Fisher headed the ball off the line after an intriguing cross was played by Burbidge into the box on the 32nd minute.

Running down the left wing, Stefan Penny progressed into the box and slotted the ball just inches away from the right post. On the 38th minute a short free kick was played to Billy Maybury who fired the ball low but couldn’t hit the target. And so the first half ended goalless before heading into the break.

Coming out of the changing rooms, the Magpies made an instant impact with prolific goal scorer Toby Holmes slotting the ball past Keeper O’Reilly to the bottom right corner on the 46th minute when a great through ball was completed by Luke Burbidge which allowed the hosts to go on the score sheet first.

Wimborne’s second came on the 63rd minute when Toby returned the favour by playing the ball back to Burbidge as the winger launched the ball past O’Reilly to extend the Magpie’s lead to 2-0. A minute later from the other side of the pitch, saw Mazzone fire the ball wide in a desperate attempt to get a goal back for his team. Playmaker Luke Holmes passed the ball back to Burbidge who just curled the ball wide missing the top right corner. Defender Billy Maybury toe poked the ball wide to his left after a difficult corner was played for him on the 75th minute.

On the 76th minute trying to get his hat trick, Toby Holmes volleyed the ball towards O’Reilly as he saved the oncoming shot with ease. Metropolitan’s midfielder Oliver Knight managed to miss another crucial opportunity for the visitors when he rifled the ball above the top left corner, with 5 minutes left of normal time.

However Toby crushed the visitor’s dreams of at least obtaining a point when he got his second goal of the evening, as the striker dribbled past the defence and fired towards the opposite corner, giving the Magpies a 3-0 lead.

Shortly after Toby’s second goal, the final whistle was blown, resulting in Wimborne attaining another brilliant result against a top side. Despite the cold conditions on the evening, an attendance of 242 witnessed Wimborne’s victory at the Koolpak Stadium  and are now set to play against Hartley Wintney on Saturday. We hope to see  many of you there this Saturday!

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Francis, Stokoe, Penny (Young 67), T.Holmes (Owen 90), Burbidge, L.Holmes.     Unused subs: Lee, Collins, Douglas

Att: 242

Max Emes reporting.

Download the Match Programme here: Met Police 29 Jan 2019 v2 compact

Wimborne Town 3-0 Met Police

After Gerard Benfield had kept the Magpies in the game during the first half, prolific striker Toby Holmes gave a master-class in finishing as Wimborne netted three times without reply.

Met Police were second in the table coming in to the game, and they confidently passed the ball around in the first period. On ten minutes Benfield made a double save during a goalmouth scramble, and on 20 minutes he acrobatically kept out Mazzone’s header.

At the other end O’Reilly had to be alert to keep out Luke Burbidge’s inswinging corner on 4 minutes, and a defender headed out Burbidge’s cross from under the bar on 32 minutes.

Wimborne started the second half with real intent, and on 46 minutes the ball was driven behind the visitors’ thin blue line on the right. Toby got ahead of his defender and calmly beat the keeper to open the scoring.

A second followed seven minutes later. The ball was played out of defence and up to Toby who did well to keep possession. He dribbled into the penalty box, played the ball into Burbidge’s path and he swept the ball into the net from 10 yards.

With Toby in rampant form, The Blues’ defence was kept busy and denied him another goal until the 89th minute. Receiving the ball wide on the right, and surrounded by 3 defenders, he teased and tricked before slotting home.

The excellent showing in the second half meant Wimborne had taken four points off the top two in the space of three days, and extended their unbeaten league home run to ten games.

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Francis, Stokoe, Penny (Young 67), T.Holmes (Owen 90), Burbidge, L.Holmes.     Unused subs: Lee, Collins, Douglas

Att: 242

Full report by Max Emes to follow.

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town V Met Police

Three of the league’s top scorers look set to clash on Tuesday night as Met Police travel down to the Koolpak Stadium, with Wimborne looking to make it ten league games unbeaten on home soil.

League Leaders Taunton Town only managed a draw on Saturday, cancelling out a fine Toby Holme’s goal in the 77th minute. Wimborne’s unbeaten run at home stretches back to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Beaconsfield in September.

Met Police make the journey for the second time this season, with unfortunate adverse weather making the pitch unplayable a few weeks ago. They are flying high in the league and could move to within one point of Taunton at the summit, with another game in hand. Having only lost three games all season and boasting both the third best attack and meanest defence, Met Police will travel with high hopes of preventing the Magpie’s desirable double digit milestone.

Front men Jack Mazzone (18) and Max Blackmore (17) will likely test an inform Gerard Benfield but they will be wary of our own dangerman, Toby Holmes on 19 goals already.

Kick off 7:45pm, tickets are just £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for U18s.

If you can’t make the game, follow LIVE MATCH UPDATES through our Twitter Feed @WimborneTownFC

RECAP: Wimborne hold on for a draw

Both teams deserve plaudits for providing the large crowd with a proper game of British football in atrocious conditions. Toby Holmes gave Wimborne the lead on 72 minutes before Ollie Chamberlain’s glancing header restored parity.

With Billy Maybury suspended and Carl Pettefer injured, Lee Francis and Jordan Lee took their places. Manager Matty Holmes opted for a central three in defence, with versatile Franklyn Clarke and Stefan Penny operating as wing-backs. For a third game running at the Koolpak Stadium, there was a 400 plus crowd.

With the strong, gusting wind and driving rain at their backs, Wimborne attacked the hospital end in the first half. On 5 minutes, from Gerard Benfield’s goal-kick, Toby stood well behind the visitors’ back-line. The clever tactic worked as the wind-assisted kick flew through to him but he was unable to get a shot on target. On 12 minutes, Toby linked with Luke Burbidge but his curling effort went just over the corner of post and bar.

However, it was Taunton who came closest two minutes later. From a free-kick wide on the left, Ed Palmer’s header came back off Benfield’s cross-bar. With the ball receiving plenty of air-time, the two defences restricted the free-scoring attacks to few chances. Luke Holmes had a shot easily saved by Lloyd Irish in the 24th minute, and Clarke’s inviting cross found no taker. At the other end Andrew Neal’s carefully placed shot was narrowly wide of the far post on 31 minutes, and then, with 5 minutes of the half remaining, he volleyed over from inside the goal area when the ball bounced up in front of him following a corner.

With the wind now at their backs on the increasingly greasy surface, Taunton made their intentions obvious from the start of the second period as Keith Emmerson’s shot from distance whistled over Benfield’s cross-bar. This was the first of their 19 goal attempts in the half. As attacks rained down on Benfield’s goal, Neal’s 25-yarder stung the big keeper’s hands on 55 minutes, Penny made a crucial sliding tackle, and Sam Davidson broke up another attack before majestically striding forward to start a rare Wimborne attack.

Having survived Taunton’s opening onslaught, the home side gained in confidence and looked for opportunities to threaten Irish’s goal from quick counter-attacks. Luke Holmes combined with Burbidge for the latter to have a shot on 65 minutes.

And then, on 72 minutes, Wimborne grabbed the lead. Luke Holmes, on the right, passed inside to Burbidge who instantly played a perfectly weighted ball behind the Taunton back-line on the left. This was just what Toby was waiting for. He pushed the ball through the on-rushing Irish’s legs and gleefully toe-poked the ball into the unguarded net. The crowd erupted with an explosion of noise.

Taunton took off defender Palmer and sent on centre-forward Matt Wright as they chased an equaliser, or maybe more. Luke Holmes was inches away from another cross by Clarke, and James Stokoe headed wide from Burbidge’s free-kick but most of the action was taking place around Benfield’s goal.

The almost inevitable equaliser came on 77 minutes when Chamberlain headed home a left-wing cross. Pierce Mitchell’s rasping drive then went narrowly over, Benfield made a terrific save with an outstretched leg, then an important catch under immense pressure from a corner before Wright’s shot took a deflection and glanced off the outside of the post. Matty Oldring threw his body in the way of another goal-bound shot and the ball looped up and flew inches over the bar. It was desperate rear-guard action by the home defence, and after 4 minutes of additional time, referee Evans blew his final whistle and Wimborne had their hard-earned point against the league leaders.

This was a terrific team performance by Matty’s men to keep their unbeaten home league run going (now 9 games). It wasn’t a day for pretty football. It was a day when the conditions dictated the tactics. Wimborne’s back five, plus keeper Benfield, were outstanding. And a word for the supporters who made for a great atmosphere – the Koolpak was buzzing.

Next up it’s the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday – another testing game to look forward to.

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke, Lee, Davidson, Oldring, Francis (Owen 86), Stokoe, Penny (Young 80), T.Holmes, Burbidge, L.Holmes.  Unused subs: Collins, Shepherd

Att: 485

Matchday Programme can be downloaded here: Taunton 26 Jan 2019 v2 compact