Wimborne’s second home pre-season game ended in a 4-4 draw against Worthing FC. Toby bagged a hat-trick, and Jack Lovell scored again. However, a few mistakes from the makeshift back-line did allow Worthing to capitalise on some decent chances. A second hat-trick of the afternoon came from Worthing’s frontman Callum Kealy who kept his team in the game.
Unlike their last game against Poole Town, Wimborne took advantage of scoring first in the 3rd minute, when Toby Holmes ran past Worthing’s defence and fired a curler which rebounded off the post to end up where it normally does, in the goal! At the other end, Worthing responded with an equaliser in the 9th minute when David Ajiboye sprang forward and snatched the ball to equalise!
Exerting high pressure, Worthing almost scored in the 12th minute when a low ball was played across to Callum Kealy as Gerard was forced to react quickly to an incoming volley which he saved at the top corner. By then everyone at the ground was disorientated by the adverse weather which descended on the Cuthbury by the 20th minute. Worthing’s “fanatics” behind the goal at the hospital end were forced to take shelter twice from torrential rain. Nevertheless on the pitch it didn’t stop their team from scoring in the 22nd minute when a low cross was played across the goal and the ball rebounded off James Stokoe’s leg to dip over Gerard’s head to give Worthing a 2-1 lead.
7 minutes later Wimborne came back with a lovely set of passing from the right side. Stephan Penny passed a through ball to Luke Burbidge who did the same towards Toby, as he ran around Worthing’s keeper Tom McGill and finished from a very tight angle on the right side. The Magpies replicated that type of goal in the 37th minute when Toby scored again from the same spot as he latched onto a through ball by Luke Burbidge. David Ajiboye almost shook the crowd again as his volley from a corner rattled the bar in the 41st minute.
Wimborne went into the dressing rooms at the break with a 3-1 lead.
After an early Worthing corner at the start of the second period, Wimborne’s counter attack saw Jack Lovell awkwardly volley the ball from a lofted pass by Jordan Lee which ended up in the goalkeeper’s hands. However, in the 51st minute Jordan delivered a perfect pass to Jack who calmly finished a 1 on 1 to make it 4-2. Some brilliant team football occurred in the 53rd minute when Jack fired from range but his effort curled just wide. Shortly after, Conal Morrison took down Worthing’s Jessie Starkey, who stepped up and hit the crossbar! At the other end, Toby lobbed the ball over the keeper but was denied a rare headed goal.
In the 64th minute there was a huge scramble in Wimborne’s box but Jordan Lee was just able to clear the ball in time. However, a minute later, Worthing’s main man Callum Kealy scored his 2nd goal as he succeeded in a 1 on 1 with Gerard. Once more it was that man Kealy who completed the scoring with an equaliser in the 85th minute as the game finished 4-4.
Although the weather didn’t provide a suitable setting for a pre-season game , both teams played some sparkling football during an evenly contested game. Wimborne will be disappointed with the goals they conceded, but there were plenty of positives with Toby looking in fine form, and nine under 21 players played till the final whistle for the Magpies!
Photos by Steve Harris Here
|July 28, 2018||3:00 pm||Primary League||2018|
|1 Cuthbury Cl, Wimborne BH21, UK|