PREVIEW: Taunton Town FC V Wimborne Town FC

The Magpies head to Somerset this Saturday, as they face Taunton Town FC in Matchday 14.

Unlike the previous time we made the trip to Taunton, this fixture comes just three months into the season and is set to be played as arranged. Last season, this fixture was postponed on five occasions, with the match ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw, making it worth the wait at least! We’ve got the match report from that night, the programme from our home fixture and much more…

Matty’s men go into the game off the back of a hard fought win last weekend against mid-table Hartley Wintney, in which a Franklyn Clarke brace was enough to see off the Hampshire side [Highlights here]. They also travel to The Viridor Stadium with Sam Davidson having come back from a three game suspension, after his red card against Frome Town back in October.

Wimborne will back looking for their first win on the road this season but know it will be a difficult afternoon against a Taunton side, not only unbeaten at home but having also scored 14 goals in just 5 home matches. They’ve been denied only twice in front of goal this season in the league, a 0-0 draw at home to Basingstoke Town and a 1-0 defeat a fortnight ago away to Poole Town.

It’s 3rd versus 17th this Saturday and goals are guaranteed. Wimborne have had no trouble finding the back of the net, last being denied in-front of goal over a month ago, when we narrowly lost 1-0 to leaders Weymouth FC, scoring 14 goals in the time since.

You can follow the game with live tweets via our Twitter feed @WimborneTownFC

The matchday programme from the last time we faced Taunton Town FC can be downloaded HERE.

Graham Dunn’s report from our last trip to Taunton Town…

MATCH REPORT

Evo-Stik League South, West

TAUNTON TOWN 3 WIMBORNE TOWN 3 27 MARCH 2018

This five-times-postponed game was well worth the wait, it had everything – 6 goals, a penalty, a sending-off, a disallowed goal, an equaliser deep into added-on time, young men shouting themselves hoarse, and old men skipping across the grass at the end!

Both sides came into this game on unbeaten runs – the Peacocks, the run-away league leaders, hadn’t tasted defeat in 2018; the Magpies unbeaten in nine. Wimborne were without Luke Holmes and Louis Kellaway, so manager Holmes brought Sam Davidson and James Stokoe into his starting line-up.

The visitors had the first chance, in the first minute. Billy Maybury, playing in midfield, put Luke Burbidge through on goal, but keeper Lloyd Irish rushed out to block. Both sides were soon playing to their strengths: Taunton’s lively strikers feeding off balls aimed at target man Matt Wright, who was a real handful all evening; Wimborne looking to create space for their speedy front men.

And it was from such a move that the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes. Burbidge put Toby Holmes behind the home defence. Keeper Irish fouled the prolific striker who picked himself up to rifle home the resulting penalty. The lead lasted just eight minutes. Craig Veal collected a high ball just inside the penalty area, turned quickly, and shot beyond Gerard Benfield. With most of the crowd behind them, Taunton pressed forward and took the lead three minutes later. Matt Buses’s low cross from the right found Veal and he bagged his second of the night.

Paddy Hester headed off the line, and Benfield made two good saves as the visitors worked hard to stay in the game. They steadied the ship and equalised with the goal of the game on 40 minutes. Skipper Scott Arnold played the ball wide on the right to Jack Lovell, he slipped it inside to Burbidge, who chipped through for Holmes to cleverly score from an acute angle. Early in the second half the Wimborne defence repelled an aerial bombardment as Taunton had 4 corners in quick succession. At the other end Irish saved from Holmes when one-on-one, Stokoe and Burbidge.

The visitors were reduced to ten men on 71 minutes when Arnold was sent off for a late challenge on Dan Sullivan. Moments later Benfield made a magnificent diving save form Veal before Taunton thought they had taken the lead when Sullivan’s cross was fired home. The officials spotted an infringement, and the temperature inside the ground continued to rise. Holmes instant shot from Lovell’s cross was well-saved by Irish as time counted down.

But on 90 minutes Sullivan’s curled effort from the edge of the box took a deflection to beat Benfield. But this is Matty Holmes’ black and white army, although they were playing in orange, and they weren’t going to be denied. Five minutes into added-on time, Burbidge was fouled in the “D”. Like a golfer sizing up his putt, Maybury calculated his angles to beat the wall and score off the post. It was an equaliser that Wimborne fully deserved in a game which was a terrific advert for nonleague football.

It doesn’t get much more exciting than this. Or does it?

WIMBORNE TEAM: Gerard Benfield, Scott Arnold (Capt), Paddy Hester, Matt Oldring, Sam Davidson, Lee Francis, James Stokoe, Billy Maybury, Toby Holmes, Luke Burbidge, Jack Lovell.

SUBS NOT USED: Loyd Cole, Ben Walker, Sam Bayston, David Walsh

Att: 385