PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Hendon FC

Football returns to the Koolpak Stadium this Saturday, as Wimborne look to make amends for a narrow 3-2 defeat at Hendon in the reverse fixture and extend their unbeaten Home run in the league to eleven games. 

Matty’s men go into the game high on confidence, with the biggest setback probably being the postponed game against Hartley Wintney last Saturday, with snow proving the victor. Two of the league’s favourites in Taunton Town and Met Police have found the trip South tough in recent weeks, the latter on the end of a 3-0 defeat as January drew to a close.

Hendon were as high as 2nd in the table and 13pts ahead of Wimborne back in October when these two sides played in Gameweek 10. Hendon looked like serious contenders for promotion, scoring three in the first half, albeit two in quick succession during a poor period for the Magpies, as they ran out 3-2 winners in professional style. Since then however, the London outfit have fallen drastically, having lost 11 of their 19 games since, conceding 38 in that time. Compare that to their record then, when they had faced defeat just once and had the league’s second best defence (11). They haven’t won since the opening day of December, with their last win on the road interestingly at Hartley Wintney, the week before that 3-2 victory .

A stark contrast to Wimborne, who have adapted to the division, tightening up the defence with the return of Matty Oldring and going on to win nearly half of the nineteen games since that trip to London (9). A win for the Magpies could see us climb two places to 10th, should Beaconsfield and Swindon both lose. They host Merthyr and Poole Town respectively. Hendon meanwhile could find themselves just two points off the drop zone by Saturday evening, should results go against them.

A reminder that AFC Bournemouth Season Ticket holders are eligible for discounted entry this Saturday, with a flate rate of just £5 to those showing a valid 2018-19 AFC Bournemouth Season Ticket.