Derby Day didn’t disappoint as Wimborne Town won their first league game away from home in spectacular style, putting five past local rivals Poole Town and sparking scenes amongst the away supporters.
Toby Holmes had put the Magpies ahead early in the first half with Wimborne’s only real chance of the opening 45minutes. Poole’s defense being cut open on 8 minutes and the Magpie Dangerman finished in routine fashion. Poole Town slowly applied pressure and eventually found a way past Benfield, who had made several decent saves to preserve the lead, to equalise on the half hour mark and then take the lead ten minutes later, to ensure they went in at half time with in all fairness, a deserved lead.
The momentum had swung and Poole continued to look dangerous after the break, with some relentless attacking play. Wimborne grew into the game but at times were on the ropes and had Benfield to thank, in what would turn out to be vital saves to keep Wimborne in the game.
On 69 minutes, Curtis Young replaced former Dolphin Franklyn Clarke and just a minute later, Burbidge’s delivery in from a free kick down the right proved tempting and Stokoe powered home a terrific header to bring the game level, hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing over the line. And indeed it would be the ex-Poole player, who made the second half his own, cutting inside from the right and beating his man to bury it home at a tight angle for 2-3.
Poole’s heads would drop and on 81 minutes, their goalkeeper had a moment to forget as Curtis Young hit a low shot from outside the area, which for all the world looked to be a routine save, only for it to wriggle underneath him and give Wimborne a two goal lead. Words were exchanged in the home dugout and there was a break in play as the referee headed for the dugout and gave Killick his marching orders, clambering over the nearby advertising hoardings as his team completely lost their shape.
Wimborne, having looked second best for most the game were playing with the freedom and flair we’ve come to expect from them, at home at least! They responded to crowd cheers for five as Poole were pegged back and Toby charged in on goal, rounding the keeper and calmly slotting home to seal the three points and top off his Birthday celebrations.
It may have taken half the season to get our first win away from home, on the shortest of away trips as-well, but it was well worth the wait. A five star performance with a Man of the Match simply too hard to pick. Perhaps Gerard Benfield would be the most deserving, Poole could have blown us away had it not been for his heroics – instead, that wind well and truly changed.
Ben Trant reporting.
Wimborne: Benfield, Francis, Maybury (C), Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T. Holmes, Burbidge, L.Holmes
Subs: Penny, Phillips, Douglas, Shepherd, Young.