For the first time in eight matches, Wimborne only scored once, but it was enough to take the points.
The first quarter of the match was like a game of chess as the teams probed for openings. But then play opened up, and chess gave way to tennis as both sides counter-attacked at pace.
First Staines’ left back Makhosini Ryan Khanye found space on the left to fire inches wide, then fellow defender Finley Tapp tested the home defence with a slaloming run from deep. At the other end visiting keeper Louis Dixon made a great sprawling save to keep out Toby Holmes before Sam Davidson headed Luke Holmes’ cross agonisingly wide.
The only goal came on 44 minutes when James Stokoe managed to get a toe 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 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, and Gerard Benfield made a brilliant diving save to turn McEvoy’s goal-bound shot round the post. But Wimborne held on for a hard-earned three points.
Man of the Match: Franklyn Clarke
Report by: Graham Dunn