Wimborne were blown off their stride in the first quarter of the game by a blistering 3-goal opening by Dorset rivals Dorchester. Another goal just before the interval killed the game off as a contest, but the hosts restored some semblance of pride by scoring twice in the second period.
New signing Lewis Tallack failed a late fitness test, so Ben Walker took his place in manager Matty Holmes’ otherwise unchanged starting line-up.
Before kick-off, there was a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation among the crowd of 535 for Wimborne’s first league game at Step 3 level at the re-named Koolpak Stadium.
However, it took the visitors just two minutes to stun the home supporters. Gerard Benfield’s wayward clearance was seized upon by Dorchester’s swarming midfield and quickly dispatched to Cameron Murray to score.
Three minutes later Cameron Allen had a free header in Wimborne’s box but his effort went wide of the post.
Luke Holmes set up Billy Maybury for a shot on eight minutes which was blocked, and Maybury had a 22 yard free-kick two minutes later which is best described as a “sighter”.
But these efforts were against the run of play. Dorchester harried and hustled the hosts all over the park, and flooded forward at speed at every opportunity.
After Tom Blair had hit Benfield’s crossbar on 12 minutes, it was no surprise when the dangerous Luke Winsper scored with an absolute cracker from 25 yards just two minutes later.
And then things got even worse for Wimborne at the quarter point of the game. Benfield made 2 sprawling saves in quick succession, but the alert Winsper seized on the loose ball for his second of the night.
Dorchester spurned more good opportunities before Murray set-up Billy Lowes for number four on 42 minutes.
Two minutes into the second period, Wimborne reduced the deficit. Luke Burbidge’s corner from the left eventually fell to Sam Davidson and his scuffed shot found the back of the net.
If the home side were to get back in the game, a second goal had to follow quickly, but despite some good passages of play, it didn’t come. At the other end, Dorchester looked dangerous whenever they came forward. Ross Carmichael, Murray and Allen all spurning good opportunities. On 68 minutes, following a Wimborne corner, Dorchester broke with breath-taking speed before Allen shot wide.
At last, on 90 minutes, Toby Holmes was given a ball to chase by Burbidge, and the prolific striker saw off two defenders and the keeper to score.
A better second-half showing, but conceding 7 goals in two games will be a concern for manager Holmes.
Match Programme Dorchester 14 Aug 2018 v2 compact
|August 14, 2018||7:45 pm||Evo Stik South||2018|
|1 Cuthbury Cl, Wimborne BH21, UK|