Beaconsfield Town vs Wimborne Town

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Beaconsfield Town 0-4 Wimborne Town
(Lee 20′ 27′ Penny 69p’ Burbidge 85′)
Att: 77
Saturday 14th September – Southern League Premier Division South

Beaconsfield’s bowling-green surface, bathed in sunshine, was the setting for another entertaining game of attacking football, as four goals and a clean sheet saw Wimborne claim their first away league victory of the season.

Caretaker Manager Danny Holmes retained Tony Lee in his starting XI as he kept faith with the team who so nearly earned a draw at Truro in the FA Cup. And the striker justified his selection with a first-half brace which gave the Magpies the platform for this comprehensive victory.

Despite being rooted to the foot of the league table, Beaconsfield’s two most recent games were cup victories. Although a Luke Burbidge run was followed by two corners, it was the home side who nearly seized the initiative on 8 minutes. Reece Yorke’s shot from the edge of the box was diverted by James McCluskey’s outstretched foot for the ball to cannon off Cameron Plain’s crossbar. But that was the closest The Rams would come to scoring.

Franklyn Clarke’s drive from distance was blocked; a flowing move ended with home keeper Myles Bowman making the first of many super saves to deny Sam Bayston, and another Burbidge jinking run saw his shot go wide.

As Wimborne built pressure, their deserved first goal came just before the mid-point of the half. It started with a sliding interception by Sam Davidson. The ball was quickly moved down the left to Bayston who found Lee centrally on the edge of the box, and his precision shot beat the diving Bowman to nestle in the corner of the net.

After a long build-up Beaconsfield’s Ade Shokunbi fired over, and Clarke threw his body in the way of another Beaconsfield shot, but it was no real surprise when the Magpies doubled their lead on 27 minutes – given our record this season, the only surprise is that it came from a corner – Lee rising to head home Burbidge’s in-swinger from the left.

Another Clarke block and another Davidson interception exemplified Wimborne’s resistance, but the eye-catching action was at the other end. Bayston twisted and turned on 33 minutes, Bowman made a great catch under pressure from another Burbidge corner (one of 8 in the first half), and Bayston was blatantly body-checked as a quick break threatened the home goal.

After the re-start, we expected the home side to come out all guns blazing. But it was the visitors who immediately regained the initiative. After Bayston was clattered, Davidson headed Burbidge’s free-kick into the arms of Bowman; the keeper then made a diving save at the foot of the post to deny Burbidge; Lee’s shot from distance earned a corner; the striker’s header from Clarke’s precise cross was saved; skipper Billy Maybury’s 30-yard free-kick whistled past the post; before Lee, on a charge down the middle, was flattened by the home skipper – referee Bolland, who had an excellent game, decided the offence was only worth a yellow card.

Wimborne’s third goal came on 70 minutes. Clever interplay on the right between Curtis Young and Burbidge, ended with Maybury racing on to Burbs’ audacious back-heel only to be brought down. Stef Penny confidently despatched the penalty into the corner.

Moments later Burbidge raced back to stop a Beaconsfield attack, and initiate a quick counter with an incisive pass. Sam Poole was next to test the home defence, firing against the bar from a well-delivered Burbidge free-kick, then somehow heading the rebound wide from close-range (from what Harry Redknapp said, his missus would have buried that chance!) Penny came forward on 75 minutes, and his fierce drive from 30 yards was brilliantly saved by the diving Bowman in the top corner.

Plain made two good sprawling saves as Beaconsfield sought a consolation, before Wimborne’s final goal on 86 minutes. Clarke and Bayston combined to set-up Burbidge who scampered around his defenders to score across keeper Bowman.

Four goals and a clean sheet in warm sunshine – Saturday afternoons don’t come much better than that!

Next up it’s second-placed Truro City at Cuthbury on Tuesday.

Wimborne: Plain, Penny 69p’, Maybury, Davidson, Poole, Pettefer (Doe 68′), Young (Stokoe 82′), Clarke, Lee 20′ 27′ (Roberts 84′), Burbidge 85′, Bayston
Unused subs: Walsh (gk), Buck
Att: 77


Beaconsfield vs Wimborne

Two goals in four minutes early in the second half consigned Wimborne to another “nul points” on their travels – this time a first visit to Beaconsfield’s green and pleasant ground next to the M40.

Manager Matty Holmes moved skipper Billy Maybury to central defence and gave a first start of the season to the recently-returned Sam Bayston.

On a large, grassy, flat pitch, it was the visitors who began the game brightly. Bayston beat his full-back down the left but his pull-back from the by-line found no takers; Luke Burbidge and Franklyn Clarke combined on the other wing before Clarke’s cross was cut out; and Toby Holmes beat his marker in a foot-race before keeper Ravan Constable intervened. It was a promising start.

At the other end, the home attackers chased and harried defenders determined to play the ball out of the danger zone, and some of Gerard Benfield’s clearances lacked their usual pin-point accuracy. Beaconsfield’s Aaron Minhas tricked his way along the right by-line, and Brendan Matthew’s low shot was well saved by Benfield at full stretch.

Just after the mid-point of the half, Wimborne fashioned a great chance. Luke Holmes slalomed his way through mid-field before releasing Toby in the inside-right channel. However, keeper Constable calculated his angles and made an excellent save to deny the striker.

With both sides looking to play football, this even contest flowed from end-to-end. Bayston charged down a clearance before being fouled; Constable rushed out of his goal to beat Toby to a through ball; and Bayston blasted over when well-placed. Beaconsfield’s Mayowa Balogun did likewise, before Louis Stead’s low shot was well-saved by Benfield.

Both teams had a chance to break the deadlock just before the interval. Burbidge volleyed over after good work by Bayston down the left, and Matthew missed his header from Balogun’s inviting cross.

Beaconsfield made a double substitution at half-time, bringing on a central defender and an old-fashioned centre forward, and within three minutes of the re-start it paid dividends. Stead was allowed to turn inside the left of the penalty area and he rifled the ball past Benfield from 15 yards.

Wimborne responded and, after clever feet along the right by-line, Toby’s shot from an acute angle was well-saved at the near post by Constable. Then, on 51 minutes, Stead scored his second. He made space for himself in the inside-left channel by beating his marker before firing past Benfield from the edge of the area.

The momentum of the game was now with the home side, and they took control, but Wimborne had the next good chance. Ashley Pope replaced the struggling Toby on the hour mark, and within two minutes a defender’s mistake let him through in the inside-right channel, only for that man Constable to make another excellent sprawling save.

Mid-way through the half, Benfield made a super save from substitute Alex Cathline, before the industrious Carl Pettefer intervened as the home side threatened. Pope’s speed and energy enabled him to retrieve a lost cause and cross dangerously into the box, before corners in quick succession were cleared by the home defence. Finally, in time added-on, a well-worked move ended with Maybury’s shot being blocked.

A disappointing second half continued Wimborne’s away-day woes. And with teams around us picking up points, Matty’s men need a win – and soon!

Wimborne: Benfield, Clarke (Oldring, 90), Penny, Davidson, Maybury, Pettefer, Stokoe, L.Holmes, T.Holmes (Pope, 60), Burbidge, Bayston (Lee, 79)            Unused subs: Walsh, Francis

 Att: 101

Report by Graham Dunn