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Wimborne stun Weymouth in League Challenge Cup

Wimborne Town FC returned to winning ways in a much deserved 2-0 victory over local rivals Weymouth FC last night, in the First Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.

This was the fourth time we had faced Weymouth at this stage of the competition, losing on all three previous occasions. Against a Weymouth side sitting joint top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division South, Wimborne knew they had it all to do and showed the qualities needed to progress to the second round for the first time since 2013-14. Goals from Louis Kellaway and Rhys Owen in the first half were enough to take victory in a very entertaining Tuesday night game.

Both sides made changes for the midweek clash, presumably with one eye on the next meeting in just four days time, as Wimborne travel to the Bob Lucas Stadium for our next league game.

There is a mini bus organised by the Wimborne Supporter’s Club which is available to all supporters. Departs from the Cuthbury at 1pm, ring Bryan McCann on 07950 399075 to book your place!

The only survivors from Weymouth’s 4-1 victory over Staines Town on Saturday, were Ashley Wells, Jake McCarthy, Jordan Ngalo and Antonio Diaz. Weymouth had also brought back Harry Baker from Frome Town in time for the game, whilst returning hero Calvin Brooks also started for the Terras.

Wimborne made changes of their own as Gerard dropped to the bench for Chad Collins to start and keep a well earned clean sheet. Rhys Owen and Curtis Young also made the starting eleven as both Jack Lovell and Luke Burbidge were unavailable for selection.

Listen to Tim’s interview with Matty Holmes HERE

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Max Emes reports…

Following the 1-0 defeat to Beaconsfield at home on Saturday, Wimborne were drawn against local side Weymouth in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night at the Koolpak Stadium.

Rhys Owen got his chance to play for the Magpies having impressed during pre-season. He started on the right wing and made a great debut. Chad Collins, an ex-Bournemouth player, who had been playing in the United States for the past season, made his return in goal and was very vocal in keeping the team in position. Billy Maybury, Luke Burbidge and Gerard Benfield were rested ahead of Saturday’s league clash at Weymouth, and Jack Lovell was unavailable due to injury. For Weymouth, striker Harry Baker made his return for the Terras after a call back from a short loan at Frome Town.

The Magpies were boosted by an early goal in the 5th minute when Louis Kellaway buried a rebounder after Toby Holmes’ shot on goal was saved by Lloyd Thomas giving Wimborne a 1-0 lead. Harry Baker struck a low ball towards Chad Collins who collected the ball with ease 2 minutes later. A misplaced pass by Collins from a goal kick saw the ball bounce off Lee Francis unexpectedly, onto the eager Baker who couldn’t pull a shot away before Chad came out to redeem himself.

Running on the right-hand side, Rhys Owen started his debut by whipping in a cross which forced Lloyd Thomas to parry the ball behind. The resulting corner saw James Stokoe jump up and fiercely head the ball towards the middle of the goal which Thomas saved in the 14th minute.

With enough space, Harry Baker fired a low shot from range to the bottom left corner as once again Chad Collins caught the ball to his right. Weymouth’s Calvin Brooks headed the ball across goal to the open Antonio Diaz who volleyed the ball from a perfect position well over the goal in the 20th minute. Four minutes later saw Wimborne striker Toby Holmes running down on the left-hand side of the box right on the by-line as he dribbled past Weymouth’s defence and thumped the ball for Thomas to make a reflex save to keep the score line to a 1-0 deficit.

Once again it was Toby Holmes who provided another assist on the night, as he passed a great through ball to Rhys Owen on the right side and he struck a fierce shot beating Lloyd Thomas just from the edge of the box giving Matty and his team a 2-0 lead before heading into the break. On the 44th minute it seemed that Rhys Owen was returning the favour to the frontman Toby who curled the ball to his right around Thomas but into the side netting.

Wimborne produced a good first half. Weymouth changed their tactics and formation for the second period as they looked more aggressive towards Wimborne’s goal to get back in the game. Luke Holmes was brought on for Wimborne in place of James Stokoe as the second half resumed, with the youngster playing a much deeper role than we usually see.

Weymouth started the second half brightly as Warren Bentley whipped in a low ball only for Chad Collins to come out and save. To show their change of formation the Terras brought on two forwards Fadel Sebou and ex Wimborne player Charlie Kendall to steal a goal at least. Midfielder Luke Holmes struck a vicious volley from range but it flew over the bar in the 67th minute.

On the 70th minute Toby Holmes was substituted for youngster Aidan Shepherd who looked to finish off the game. Lloyd Thomas intercepted a cross by Curtis Young in the 73rd minute. In the 85th minute Weymouth Charlie Davis curled in a great free kick, above the wall to the top right-hand corner but unfortunately for Davis, Chad Collins had the corner covered as he caught the ball in mid-air.

Young Aidan Shepherd was through on goal in the 86th minute and with Lloyd Thomas outside the box Shepherd attempted a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper as the ball bounced once it had risen to unfortunately hit the crossbar which stunned the spectators at the Koolpak Stadium!

An attendance of 208 at the Koolpak Stadium saw Wimborne Town beat Weymouth 2-0. The Magpies put on a great display against league leaders Weymouth to progress to the next round. In addition it sets Wimborne off with a great boost of confidence going into Saturday’s league game against Weymouth. Can Wimborne replicate a similar result against the Terras in the league? Let’s hope so!

Wimborne: Collins, Lee, Penny, Francis, Davidson, Arnold, Stokoe (L Holmes 46), Kellaway, T Holmes (Shepherd 70), Young, Owen. Subs not used: Benfield, Tilstead.

Weymouth: Thomas, Wells, Sa, Farrugia, McCarthy (Seibou 63), Ngalo, Brooks (Kendall 58), Davis, Baker, Bentley, Diaz. Subs not used: Martin, Medway.

Tonights attendance: 210

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Weymouth FC

We welcome Weymouth FC to the Koolpak stadium this Tuesday evening for a 7:45pm KO in the First Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup. This is the fourth consecutive season we’ve met Weymouth in this competition, losing on the previous three occasions.

Mark Molesley’s men arrive sitting joint top of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League, with Tiverton Town and Hendon on 17 points. Last Saturday, they comfortably beat Staines Town 4-1 away from home, with Stephane Zubar bagging two goals.

Ties are played on a single leg basis, with penalty kicks deciding the winner should it be all square after ninety minutes.

Team news:

Jack Lovell is sidelined with a knee injury sustained on Saturday against Beaconsfield. Matty Oldring is again unavailable for this game.

This Saturday, Wimborne Town FC then make the short trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium, for our first league meeting of the season.

There is a mini bus organised by the Wimborne Supporter’s Club which is available to all supporters. Departure time from the Cuthbury TBA, ring Bryan McCann on 07950 399075 to book your place!


Wimborne Town FC history in the Southern League Challenge Cup:


WTFC 1-2 Salisbury City


Sholing 2-3 WTFC

WTFC 2-3 Thatcham Town (aet)


WTFC 3-0 Bashley

WTFC 3-0 Poole Town

Sholing 4-3 WTFC


WTFC 3-1 AFC Totton

WTFC 1-1 Poole Town (lost 4-5 on pens)


Poole Town 3-0 WTFC


WTFC 1-1 Weymouth (lost 1-4 on pens)


Weymouth 4-0 WTFC


Weymouth 3-0 WTFC

RECAP: Wimborne Town FC 0-1 Beaconsfield Town FC

If you missed our disappointing defeat on Saturday to Beaconsfield Town FC, you can find both of Tim Allan’s interviews with Matty Holmes, as-well as all the matchday photos by Steve Harris below.

Photos: Wimborne Town FC 0-1 Beaconsfield Town FC

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Wimborne Town FC 0-1 Beaconsfield Town FC

In this first ever meeting between the teams, Jordan Ajanlekoko’s header from Wes Daly’s free-kick on 50 minutes was enough for The Rams to take home all three points.

With Matty Oldring, Toby and Luke Holmes all named in the starting line-up, hopes were high among Magpies supporters.

And it was Wimborne who had the better of the first quarter. On 10 minutes Toby received the ball in the centre circle, pushed it into space behind the defenders and set off after it only to be stopped by a blatant body-check. Referee Parsons brandished the first of six yellow cards for the visitors. Two minutes later, following a thrusting run, Jordan Lee crossed for Jack Lovell to head back to Toby but his effort went wide.

After Beaconsfield’s Bologun had also been booked for pulling Toby back on 20 minutes, Jack Lovell flashed a header and a shot wide; and Rams’ keeper Ravan Constable was quickly off his line to deny Toby. At the other end Gerard Benfield had made a comfortable catch from a Beaconsfield header on 14 minutes. As well as being physically stronger in midfield, the visitors looked a threat from set pieces all afternoon.

As the half continued, the visitors began to assert themselves. On 26 minutes Anthony Mendy failed to take advantage of a gifted back-pass, and on 40 minutes he had a deflected effort well saved by Gerard Benfield. In between Jack Lovell took a knock and was replaced by Curtis Young. Just before the interval, a fine run by Billy Maybury was ended illegally. He took the free-kick but the visitors’ wall stood firm.

Beaconsfield started the second period on the front foot. Omar Vassell and Louis Stead both had shots saved before that decisive moment. Daly whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left, and Ajanlekoko rose unchallenged to head past Benfield.
Four minutes later Mendy muscled defenders out of the way as he chased a high ball and shot narrowly wide.

With visiting centre-back Reece Yorke restricting Wimborne’ efforts, it was full-back Jordan Lee who came closest to an equaliser on the hour mark when he fired a pass from Luke Holmes into the side netting. 

As the game stretched, Beaconsfield had the better chances. On 65 minutes, and after riding two tackles, Alexander Cathline was denied by Benfield’s sprawling save. Mendy then dragged his shot inches wide, before the same player wriggled along the by-line and forced Benfield into another stunning reflex save on 75 minutes.

Manager Holmes pushed Oldring up front to give the visitors a different challenge, but the Beaconsfield goal wasn’t seriously threatened. Beaconsfield looked a good Southern League side, and got their tactics right on the day.

Wimborne are learning what it’s like at this level and need to take their chances when they arise.

Graham Dunn reports.

Wimborne Town FC welcome Weymouth to the Koolpak stadium this Tuesday evening (7:45 K/O) in the First Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.

Southern League Challenge Cup draw

The Southern League Challenge Cup kicks off in ten days time, with our campaign starting by welcoming Weymouth to the Koolpak stadium on Tuesday 2nd October.

Matty and his men will hope to build on their Dorset Senior Cup success last season, when they claimed the trophy at the County Ground, having put seven past Shaftesbury Town back in April.

Ties are played on a single leg basis, with penalty kicks deciding the winner should it be all square after ninety minutes.

Wimborne Town FC return to action next Saturday, as we play host to Beaconsfield Town with the usual 3pm kick off.

You can still get your football fix this Saturday, as our Development squad face Romsey Town FC at home in the Wyevern League. Tickets are just £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Photos: Wimborne Town 1-1 Dorchester

Wimborne Vs Dorchester

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RECAP: Basingstoke Town FC 3-2 Wimborne Town FC

Having conceded 3 goals in an 18-minute period at Dorchester in a 3-0 defeat, Wimborne travelled to Basingstoke to play at the Camrose Stadium, again without star player Toby Holmes. A quick early goal for the Magpies raised the teams’ spirit until Basingstoke came back with two quick late goals during the last few minutes of play to snatch all three points.

Wimborne made their mark in the game when a through ball was placed for Jack Lovell as he finished from the right side of the box in the 4th minute to make it 1-0 to Matty’s side.  Moments later a deflected cross almost put off Basingstoke’s keeper as he scrambled to recover from a late deflection.

The Magpies continued on building momentum after a good first 10 minutes, Luke Burbidge delivered an exquisite cross for Louis Kellaway but the “goal machine” wasn’t able to execute the perfect header due to the midfielder not being in the best receiving position. Louis Kellaway ran past the Dragon’s defence but was denied from shooting at close range when he was tackled from his left.

Later on, Jordan Lee would pick up a yellow card for a harsh tackle to Basingstoke’s No.11 Zidan Akers, as he was brought down just outside of the box on the left-hand side. After that play, Basingstoke were rewarded with a corner, leading to defender Jim Orvis heading the ball towards the top corner, only to be denied by the gloves of Gerrard.

A great through pass by Burbidge left Jack Lovell sprinting towards the inside of the box as he won his race to get to the ball first. Lovell found an angle to shoot just on the edge of the box and just when everyone thought it was going in, Jim Orvis came to the rescue for Basingstoke and cleared the ball off the line in the 37th minute!

The bond between Burbidge and Lovell started to grow within the first half when another great pass over Basingstoke’s defence led to Jack Lovell volleying the ball as it just went over the bar.

A deflected shot in the 40th minute for Basingstoke allowed Zidan Akers to fire a low ball which just missed the right post. However, it would be in injury time that Akers would punish Wimborne as he ran down the right side and slotted the ball to the bottom left corner to level the game for the Dragons.

Going into the dressing room with the score at 1-1, Wimborne and Basingstoke both deserved to be on equal terms, as both teams put out a display to win the game!

Once again, another pass to Lovell by Burbidge meant another opportunity was going to the Magpies but Basingstoke’s other centre half Dean Stow got to the ball first. With a clear line of view, the Dragons No.7 Sam Smart struck the ball at a fast pace and in return Gerrard accomplished a great fingertip save to his left to keep the hosts out in the 63rd minute.

The Magpies midfielder Lee Francis fired a low ball to the right corner which was saved by McAdden, then Burbidge grabbed onto the rebound but was flagged offside 3 minutes later.

Latching onto a through ball and running at the last man, Curtis Young was pulled back by Dean Stow in the 74th minute and consequently Stow was showed red, as he denied the visitors from a golden opportunity to score! Minutes later saw Curtis Young darting past the hosts defence again and fired first time which ricocheted over McAdden and gracefully went into the back of the net to give Wimborne their 2-1 lead in the 86th minute.

The worst was to come when Basingstoke was given a corner which was played and unfortunately hit Billy Maybury in the arm and presented Basingstoke with a penalty. Callum Bunting stood up, in which he fired towards the middle of the goal. Although Gerrard saved the penalty, the rebound came back to Callum and he buried it to equalise the game again!

Just when Wimborne thought they had a point at least to take away, Basingstoke’s Dan Collier fired a low ball from range which was deflected and off caught Gerrard as it went into the net and sparked off a huge celebration from the home fans. As only moments later the game drew to a close, and the dramatic ending meant that Basingstoke luckily won the game 3-2 as they saw off Wimborne Town in the league.

An unlucky five minutes into injury time nearly meant Wimborne were to win just their second league game of the season, only for the visitor’s hearts to be shattered when the hosts fired two late goals to give Basingstoke the win.

Due to next weekend being reserved for the next round of F.A Cup ties, and Wimborne losing their replay against Dorchester Town earlier in the week, Matty and the team have a fortnight to recover and focus when they host Beaconsfield Town on the 29th September at the Koolpak stadium, with the addition of Toby Holmes coming back from his holiday!

– Max Emes reporting

PREVIEW: Basingstoke Town V Wimborne Town FC


This Saturday, Wimborne Town FC return to league duties against Basingstoke Town FC, as they look to put FA Cup disappointment behind them. The record books indicate this is the first time these two sides have ever met in a competitive match.

Unfortunately there will not be a coach available for this fixture. If you are travelling the post code for the ground is RG22 6EZ.

Basingstoke secured passage to the Second Qualifying Round on Tuesday night, though they did require keeper Colm McAdden to make a heroic penalty save to deny Paulton’s Ben Withey just before the half time whistle. They’ve enjoyed success in the early stages of the FA Cup over the last decade, making two appearances in the First Round proper, most recently during the 2011-12 season. It was in December 2006 however, when they took Aldershot Town to a replay in the Second round after a 1-1 draw away, before losing 3-1 in the home game.

Jason Bristow’s men finished strongly last season, ending in 10th position in the Southern League Premier Division. They’ve started this season brightly, sitting in 5th position and just two points behind early leaders Weymouth, having won three of their six games so far. A win on Saturday could see them top the table at the midway point in September.

Team news:

Wimborne will be without star front man Toby Holmes as he remains on holiday. There may be another Holmes on the pitch though, as Luke Holmes could be set to return from his time on the sidelines. Meanwhile Lewis Tallack may be unavailable due to work commitments.  

Skipper Charlie Kennedy looks set to miss out for Basingstoke, having been taken off at half time on Tuesday with a “nasty knock”. 

Minutes silence:

Basingstoke Town FC sadly reported earlier this week that John Ward recently passed away peacefully in his sleep. A resident of Old Basing, John was a past Chairman of Hampshire FA, he served as The FA Council representative for Hampshire FA for 19 years, retiring at the end of the 2016 / 2017 season.  He served as a National Game representative on the Board for 7 years and was elected into the Fellowship of The FA Council on his retirement.

John was a keen follower of the club and was pleased to attend the recent home game with Poole Town even though his health was failing. He had taken great interest, and given advice, in the club moving to Winklebury.

As a mark of respect, there will be a minutes silence before the kick off this saturday. We ask all supporters to join in showing their respect.


Basingstoke Town FC fact-file…


Southern League

Southern Division champions: 1984–85

Hampshire League

Division One champions: 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71

North Division champions: 1911–12, 1919–20

Hampshire Senior Cup

Winners: 1970–71, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2007–08, 2013–14, 2016–17

Remembrance Cup

Winners: 2005, 2006


Best league position: 3rd in the Conference South, 2014–15

Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2006–07

Most appearances: Billy Coombs (1980s)

Most goals: Paul Coombs 159 (1991–99)

Biggest win: 10–1 vs Chichester City, FA Cup first qualifying round, 1976

Heaviest defeat: 8–0 vs Aylesbury United, Southern League Division One South, April 1979

Record attendance: 5,085 vs Wycombe Wanderers, FA Cup first round, November 1997

Record league attendance: 2,810 vs Aldershot Town, Isthmian League Premier Division 26 December 1998

Record transfer fee paid: £4,750 to Gosport Borough for Steve Ingham

RECAP: Wimborne Town FC 1-1 Dorchester Town FC

Wimborne Town 1 Dorchester Town 1 – FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying – 8 Sept 2018

In this clash of Dorset’s Magpies, Toby Holmes broke the deadlock in the 87th minute, only for Wimborne’s hearts to be broken late into added-on time when Callum Rose equalised with a header to send the tie to a replay on Tuesday night.

With Jordan Lee unwell, manager Matty Holmes restored skipper Scott Arnold to the heart of his defence.

Just three weeks earlier, Dorchester had scored four first half goals in the league clash at the Koolpak Stadium. This time the home side came out determined to prevent a recurrence.

After the ball had crossed from one side of the pitch to the other, Luke Burbidge’s first minute shot was scrambled away at the foot of the post. Curtis Young exemplified Wimborne’s attitude, twice dispossessing the opposition in the first few minutes.

Tom Blair had Dorchester’s first attempt on goal with an instant volley forcing home keeper Gerard Benfield to make a fine diving catch.

Goal chances came at both ends. From a quick throw-in, Holmes laid the ball back to Jack Lovell but he fired over the bar, while the visitors’ central defender Callum Rose had a volley blocked following a free-kick.

It was that man Rose who provided the outstanding moment of the game shortly after. He discombobulated two Wimborne players wide on the left with a clever turn before thumping a 20 yard shot against Benfield’s cross-bar. More chances came Dorchester’s way. Billy Lowes’ shot came at a nice height for Benfield, but the keeper had to be helped out by Billy Maybury who cleared Ross Carmichael’s header off the line.

But Wimborne had their chances too. Rose dispossessed Holmes with a perfectly-timed sliding tackle, and visiting keeper Kingsley Latham got down well to save Maybury’s 30yard free-kick by the post.

With the wind at their backs, Wimborne started the second period brightly. Lovell’s early shot was blocked, and Latham showed assured handling dealing with Burbidge’s floated free-kick.

As Wimborne began to take control of the game, Dorchester’s task became harder when, with a quarter of the game still to play, Blair was sent for an early bath after receiving 2 yellow cards in quick succession.

Latham dived bravely at Holmes’ feet following Burbidge’s clever overhead pass; Rose made a blocking challenge on Holmes; and Latham denied Holmes after the striker was played through. Sam Davidson dragged his shot wide of the post from a corner before Burbidge’s determined effort won another corner on the right, only for Lovell to place his header wide.

Finally, as the game seemed to be heading towards a stalemate, Wimborne made the breakthrough in the 87th minute. Young set Holmes down the left. The long-striding striker bided his time before passing inside to Burbidge whose shot was blocked. But Holmes was quickest to react and fired through Latham’s legs to give the home side the lead. But that was only the start of the dramatic finale. There was still time for Burbidge to trick his way along the by-line before his cross was cleared, and for Dorchester to have one last free-kick in the 5th minute of added-on time. Dorchester sent everyone, including keeper Latham, forward. As Benfield came to claim the high ball, Rose leapt in front of him to head into the unguarded net.

So the teams must meet for the third time in 4 weeks on Tuesday to decide who will take the £6,000 prize money and a place in the next round.


Wimborne: Benfield, Tallack (Penny 73), Maybury, Davidson, Arnold, Kellaway, Stokoe (Francis 90), Young, Holmes, Burbidge, Lovell.  Unused subs: Walsh, Owen, Shepherd, L.Holmes

Attendance: 523

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Wimborne Town FC 1-1 Dorchester Town FC

The drama of this enthralling cup tie between Dorset’s two teams of Magpies came in the last few minutes. Toby Holmes seemed to have won it for the home side on 87 minutes, but a thumping header by Callum Rose deep into added-on time sent the game to a replay on Tuesday.

There was little to choose between the teams in the first half. Visiting keeper Kingsley Latham made a sprawling save from a snap shot by Luke Burbidge in the first minute, and home keeper Gerard Benfield made a diving save from Tom Blair’s well-hit volley four minutes later.
Wimborne’s Jack Lovell fired over when well-placed from Holmes’ lay-off before Dorchester’s Rose’s cracking 20 yard drive cannoned off Benfield’s cross-bar after a sumptuous turn had left two Wimborne defenders bamboozled.
Having shipped 4 first-half goals in the equivalent league game just three weeks ago, Wimborne were pleased to get to the interval without conceding. But after the break Wimborne took control, and only brave keeping by Latham, and a well-timed blocking tackle by Rose, denied Holmes and Burbidge.
With a quarter of the game left to play, Dorchester’s Blair received a second yellow. But, despite having all the chances, the hosts could not find a way through until the 87th minutes. When Burbidge’s shot was blocked, Holmes reacted quickest and drove the ball through Latham’s legs. Then, with 5 added-on minutes already played, came that dramatic equaliser. With Benfield about to catch a last free-kick, Rose leapt highest to send a header, which was Dorchester’s only goal attempt of the half, into the unguarded net.
Report by Graham Dunn.
Full match report, Matchday Programme and the best photos from the day to follow…