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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

Thank you for your continued support!

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…

PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Dorchester Town – FA Cup

This Saturday, the FA Cup returns to the KoolPak stadium as Wimborne Town FC host Dorchester Town in the First Qualifying round of the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup. Wimborne easily saw off Newport (IOW) FC 6-0 just two weeks ago, though Dorchester will provide a much tougher test for Matty’s men. In a game worth an estimated £6,000, come and support the Magpies as they look to put the record straight. Tickets are just £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for U-18s. Season tickets are unfortunately not valid for this game.

Though nobody needs reminding about Dorchester’s 4-2 triumph earlier this season, club historian Ken Fergus has been digging out the archives and has compiled a brilliant history on our head to head record…


Magpies at War!

This remarkable season for Dorset football sees the county’s four biggest clubs playing together in the same division for the first time in many years. But it’s not the first time ever that this has happened; 96 years ago in season 1922/23 we were all in the Dorset Senior League. The league that season comprised 10 teams and, sad to say, Wimborne Town finished bottom with just 7 points from 18 games. Records suggest we had two points deducted for some misdemeanour (obviously that was – just – before secretary Peter Barham’s time!) and, but for that….we’d still have finished bottom but only on goal average (ask your grandfather what that is) below Dorchester Town.

Dorchester & Wimborne seem to have stayed together in the Dorset Senior League for at least the next three years with Wimborne finishing 6th in 23/24 and bottom in both 24/25 & 25/26. Dorchester didn’t fare much better: they finished bottom in 23/24 and one place above Wimborne in the following two seasons. Records are sketchy after that, although the 1930s were a period of some success for Wimborne and it’s likely that we met in league or local cup action at some point during that decade.

What is certain is that the two clubs haven’t been in the same division at least since 1947 when Dorchester joined the Western League. Until now, of course. And, as you will all know, the first league meeting between the two clubs took place here just a few weeks ago with Dorchester winning more comfortably than the 4-2 scoreline suggests.

But what about local & national cup competitions? We’ve met relatively few times and, surprisingly, not at all in the Senior Cup for a period of over 30 years up to 2011/12, although entry hasn’t always been mandatory as it is now. Here are the results that I have for competitive matches over the past 40 years:

FA Cup (see the article elsewhere in today’s programme)


1Q Dorchester Town 2 – 2 Wimborne Town

1Qr Wimborne Town 0 – 2 Dorchester Town

FA Trophy


1Q Dorchester Town 1 – 3 Wimborne Town

Dorset Senior Cup


Final – Wimborne Town 0 – 2 Dorchester Town


Q-F Wimborne Town 3 – 2 Dorchester Town


S-F Dorchester Town 2 – 0 Wimborne Town


Q-F Wimborne Town 2 – 0 Dorchester Town


Programme from the Past…

Wimborne Town vs Dorchester Town FA Cup First Round Qualifying rep 12th Sept 1995

Today’s game is only the third time the two Magpies have met in FA competitions and the second time we’ve faced each other in the FA Cup, so today we’re looking back at the programme from the first ever tie back in 1995.

Dorchester were first out of the hat on that occasion and the first game ended in a 2-2 draw at the Avenue. Tommy Killick – who had moved from Wimborne to Dorchester in January 1994 – opened the scoring on 12 minutes only for Danny Saxby to equalise from the spot moments later. Craig Wilson put Wimborne ahead 5 minutes into the second period and then we were under the cosh for the rest of the match before substitute James Reeve headed Dorchester level with just 2 minutes remaining…

You can read the rest of this article in Saturday’s programme, available outside the clubhouse for just £2! 

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Wimborne V Poole

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