PREVIEW: Weymouth FC V Wimborne Town FC

Wimborne Town FC make the short trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium this Saturday, as they look to make it a double in the space of just four days against local rivals Weymouth FC.

Having returned to winning ways in a thrilling 2-0 victory on Tuesday night, it’s now a return to league action as joint league leaders Weymouth FC host the Magpies who sit 21st in the table, knowing a win would lift them out of the relegation places.

Team news:

Matty Oldring returns to the side having been unavailable mid-week. Billy Maybury and Luke Burbidge are likely to resume their place in the side, whilst Benfield will be hoping to start, having watched from the bench on Tuesday.

Both Paddy Hester and Will Prior remain sidelined.

 

Club Historian Ken Fergus takes a look at the record books…

Although Wimborne Town was founded in 1878 and Weymouth followed us just twelve years later, this is the very first season in which both clubs have been in the same division. The Magpies played alongside Weymouth in the Dorset League way back in the 1930s for a few seasons, but that was Weymouth’s Reserve side; their first team was playing in the Southern League at that time.

So that means that competitive matches between the two clubs have been restricted to local and national cup competitions. But we’ve played Weymouth just the once in any of the three national cup competitions and that was back in 1991/92, when Weymouth came out on top 2-1 at Cuthbury in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The defeat didn’t seem to upset the Magpies too much, however, as we went on to win the FA Vase, the Wessex League and the Dorset Senior Cup that season!

As you’d expect, it’s a different story in local cup competitions. The two clubs have met eight times in the Dorset Senior Cup in the past 35 years with Weymouth winning all but one of the clashes. And those wins include an 8-0 thrashing of Wimborne in the 1985/86 final! The Magpies’ sole win came five seasons ago with a 1-0 semi-final victory.

In other local competitions, we beat Weymouth 2-0 in the Mark Frowde trophy in 1992/93 and each team beat the other once in the short-lived (and incorrectly named!) Two Counties Cup in 2003/04.

Since Wimborne Town were promoted to the Southern League in 2010, the two clubs have met in the First Round of the newly named ‘City Security Services Ltd League Challenge Cup‘ in each of the last three seasons and were drawn against each other this season also! Weymouth were the victors in 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18 before Wimborne Town eventually managed a win just a few days ago.

So I make that twelve victories to Weymouth and just four to Wimborne Town. But the good news is there’s a chance to start evening up the score this coming Saturday…

 

Matty Holmes on kick starting the season

Hopefully this performance springboards the boys because it had been coming.

It was lovely to get a clean sheet and a couple of goals against a really good side. Hopefully that will push us on for the season.

I was really pleased, it was a great performance by the lads. We had to give Weymouth a lot of respect because they are an excellent football team.”

 

Interview by Tim Allan for Radio Wimborne. Listen to all of Tim’s interviews and reports HERE.

TRAVELThere is a mini bus organised by the Wimborne Supporter’s Club which is available to all supporters. Departs from the Cuthbury at 1pm, contact Bryan McCann on 07950 399075 to book your place!

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