Wimborne Town FC play familiar opposition for the first time this season as we make the trip up to fellow promoted side Swindon Supermarine this Tuesday night.
It’s been 169 days since we were initially denied promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division South, when goalkeeper Josh Hill pulled off two penalty saves at the Cuthbury, palming away Luke Burbidge’s effort to cue hysteria amongst the Marine faithful.
Zak Westlake had seen straight red with just five minutes of normal time to play, pulling down Toby Holmes and preventing a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The referee had initially appeared to point to the spot and replays showed the foul had occurred just inside the penalty box. A free kick was eventually given and the 10 men of Swindon would hold on through injury time before the play off final would indeed be settled from the spot. Wimborne had managed to find a way past Swindon in their two league encounters that season, Toby Holmes scoring from the spot to take the points in the last encounter at the ‘Webbswood‘.
Swindon have found points difficult to come by this season and sit in 19th position, one place below the Magpies though with two games in hand. They have been resilient at the back conceding just 16 goals, with only Poole Town FC and Beaconsfield Town FC boasting better defensive records outside the top 5. Nearly half those goals have been shipped in their last three home games though, a 1-1 draw with Weymouth FC and a 4-2 victory over Farnborough followed a 3-4 defeat to Kings Langley in recent weeks.
For Wimborne, this will be the second of three away games in just seven days, having lost to Hendon earlier in the week, with a trip back to Basingstoke in the FA Trophy on Saturday, in a bid to overturn another heartbreak. Two late goals meant we left The Camrose empty handed back in mid-september, when 3 points looked to be coming home after Curtis Young had put the visitor’s ahead for the second time, striking in the 86th minute.
Key player: Conor Mcdonagh is the man to watch in blue, the in form attacker has netted 5 league goals this season and has been unlucky not to get more.
Jack Lovell and Billy Maybury remain sidelined. Paddy Hester continues his recovery having featured on Saturday. Franklyn Clarke should be fit after his knock against Hendon FC, whilst Matty Oldring intends to make the trip down after his studies.
Supporters wishing to travel by coach should contact Peter Barham via 07956833316 or email: Barhamp@hotmail.co.uk
Travel costs just £10pp (£5 Vase Members). Departs the Koolpak Stadium at 4pm.
Alternatively, supporters travelling by car can find ‘The Webbswood Stadium’ at Supermarine Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 4BZ. There is free onsite parking for all supporters.