RECAP: Wimborne Town FC 5-0 Kings Langley FC

After taking the lead just before the interval, Wimborne turned on the style to score four more in this first-ever meeting between the teams.

With Jack Lovell and Billy Maybury injured, Manager Matty Holmes paired Scott Arnold and Matt Oldring in central defence, and gave a start to the returning Franklyn Clarke.

The visitors had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes. A defensive slip gave the ball to Steven Ward just outside the penalty area and he forced the first of many fine saves from home keeper Gerard Benfield. Wimborne’s first effort was a long-range shot from Luke Holmes which Kings’ keeper Charlie Burns gathered easily.

The visitors’ experienced Renee Howe was giving a master-class in traditional centre-forward play. From one of his flicks Mitchell Weiss tested Benfield. The big stopper was in action again shortly after when he needed two attempts to hold on to a low free-kick. For the Magpies, Franklyn Clarke’s energy and enthusiasm was galvanising his team-mates. After Luke Holmes had again tried his luck from distance, Clarke whipped in an inviting cross from wide on the left which found no takers.

On 35 minutes Howe’s delicate flick let in Ward. His curler was bound for the top corner before Benfield dived to his left to tip the ball round the post. On 43 minutes Clarke’s 25 yarder was a couple of feet wide. A minute later, Wimborne took the lead. Following enterprising play down the right by Jordan Lee, Luke Burbidge and Toby Holmes played a one-two for Burbidge to give keeper Charlie Burns no chance. Howe and Gary Connolly threatened the home goal at the start of the second period, but on 55 minutes Burbidge played Toby Holmes through, and the prolific striker raced from the centre-circle to hold off two defenders and score with a trade-mark finish.

From then on there was no way back for the Kings as the Magpies grew in confidence. At the mid-way mark of the half, Toby was played in on the left. He selflessly passed inside for Clarke but his first time effort was brilliantly turned for a corner by the tall Burns.On 73 minutes, Clarke fed Burbidge on the right. The master-of-assists played the ball into space in the box for Toby Holmes to turn and fire the ball under the diving Burns for number three.

There was an unfortunate incident on 80 minutes when Howe bundled Lee Francis into the dugout resulting in the midfielder being stretchered off and taken to hospital with damaged ribs.

On 86 minutes Clarke strolled forward from mid-field and passed the ball into the corner of Burns’ net from 20 yards for number four. And three minutes into time added-on, Curtis Young pounced on a rebound after Burns saved Toby Holmes’ shot to round-off a 5-star performance from the Magpies.

Wimborne’s attacking prowess in the second half sent supporters home with a smile, but credit too for the excellent defensive work. A clean-sheet at this level is quite an accolade. The result lifts the Magpies out of the early-season relegation zone.

Team:

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee, Davidson, Arnold, Oldring, Clarke, Stokoe (Francis 68 (Kellaway 80)), L.Holmes (Owen 86), T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young
Unused sub: Collins
Match stats:
Wimborne – Shots on target 14, off target 3, blocked 3, corners 5, fouls 6, offsides 2, 3 yellows (Oldring, Stokoe, Lee)
Kings Langley – Shots on target 9, off target 1, blocked 3, corners 4, fouls 7, offsides 1, 2 yellows 
Match stats and report provided by Graham Dunn.
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