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Wimborne Town 2-1 Tiverton Town

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.

On 13 minutes Toby Holmes headed Luke Burbidge’s cross over the bar when well-positioned, before Tivvy’s Tom Gardner made a goal-saving block to deny the striker.
At the other end Tom Bath selflessly set-up Levi Landricombe who was thwarted by an acrobatic goal-line clearance from Paddy Hester. Then Burbidge’s chip over visiting keeper Liam Armstrong came back off the cross-bar.
Surprisingly the crowd had to wait until the 48th minute for the first goal. Billy Maybury’s 25 yard free-kick evaded the wall, but not Armstrong who made a spectacular diving save. From the resulting corner, Luke Holmes’ cross to the far post was headed home by Toby Holmes.
Five minutes later home stopper Gerard Benfield made a triple save to keep out the visitors.
After Landricombe had spurned two more good chances, Burbidge scored a great individual goal on 87 minutes to take Wimborne out of reach. Setting off thirty yards out, he beat two defenders before drawing the keeper and slotting home.
Tiverton substitute Josh Wadham pulled one back three minutes into stoppage time, but by then Wimborne’s defence had secured the points.
Joy for Wimborne was tempered by a serious injury to skipper Scott Arnold after 9 minutes. It happened when he went to block a shot with another defender and was left on the ground in agony. He was carefully stretchered off before being taken to hospital with what we understand is a knee injury. We all wish Scott a speedy recovery.

November in 60 seconds

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. 

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So sit back, relax, and enjoy the highlights of November…



Merthyr Town FC 2-0 Wimborne Town FC

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.

Radio Wimborne – Wimborne 3-0 Poole

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

Wimborne reach last 16 in CSS League Cup

A brace from ex Poole player Luke Burbidge and a strike from Curtis Young see off Poole Town in a dominant first half display.
Two much-changed teams provided entertaining fare on a bitterly cold night. Manager Matty Holmes gave first starts to new signings striker Steve Flynn and defender Andrew Shah, and there were starts for Chad Collins, Lee Francis, Billy Maybury and Rhys Owen. Robbie Bradley and Louis McWilliams came off he bench to play their part.
For Poole, Manager Tom Killick had bigger prizes in mind and took the opportunity to rest key personnel and have a look at some squad players.
It was Wimborne who deservedly came out on top. After a flurry of activity in the Poole penalty area, Curtis Young drilled the ball through a ruck of bodies on 25 minutes. Luke Holmes set up Luke Burbidge five minutes before the break to double the lead. And Burbidge bagged his second in the last moments of the game after Flynn had headed the ball back across goal.
There were eye-catching performances throughout the Wimborne team. Manager Holmes now not only has good options in all positions but some challenging selection decisions ahead.
A special mention for Chad Collins who made two excellent saves to record his second clean sheet in this competition.
We now face Bideford at home in the next round, fixture to be played (subject to League confirmation) Tuesday 11th December with a 7:45pm kick off.
Att: 221
Shots on target W-9 P-5, Off target W-4 P-7, Blocked W-2 P-2, Corners W-6 P-3, Fouls W-10 P-8, Offsides W-2 P-1. No cards were awarded to either side.
Graham Dunn reports.

Welcome Kieran Douglas

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.

Full Report and Highlights: Wimborne Town 1-0 Staines Town

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.

Att: 347



Graham Dunn reports.