Wimborne Town FC returned to winning ways in a much deserved 2-0 victory over local rivals Weymouth FC last night, in the First Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.
This was the fourth time we had faced Weymouth at this stage of the competition, losing on all three previous occasions. Against a Weymouth side sitting joint top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division South, Wimborne knew they had it all to do and showed the qualities needed to progress to the second round for the first time since 2013-14. Goals from Louis Kellaway and Rhys Owen in the first half were enough to take victory in a very entertaining Tuesday night game.
Both sides made changes for the midweek clash, presumably with one eye on the next meeting in just four days time, as Wimborne travel to the Bob Lucas Stadium for our next league game.
There is a mini bus organised by the Wimborne Supporter’s Club which is available to all supporters. Departs from the Cuthbury at 1pm, ring Bryan McCann on 07950 399075 to book your place!
The only survivors from Weymouth’s 4-1 victory over Staines Town on Saturday, were Ashley Wells, Jake McCarthy, Jordan Ngalo and Antonio Diaz. Weymouth had also brought back Harry Baker from Frome Town in time for the game, whilst returning hero Calvin Brooks also started for the Terras.
Wimborne made changes of their own as Gerard dropped to the bench for Chad Collins to start and keep a well earned clean sheet. Rhys Owen and Curtis Young also made the starting eleven as both Jack Lovell and Luke Burbidge were unavailable for selection.
Max Emes reports…
Following the 1-0 defeat to Beaconsfield at home on Saturday, Wimborne were drawn against local side Weymouth in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night at the Koolpak Stadium.
Rhys Owen got his chance to play for the Magpies having impressed during pre-season. He started on the right wing and made a great debut. Chad Collins, an ex-Bournemouth player, who had been playing in the United States for the past season, made his return in goal and was very vocal in keeping the team in position. Billy Maybury, Luke Burbidge and Gerard Benfield were rested ahead of Saturday’s league clash at Weymouth, and Jack Lovell was unavailable due to injury. For Weymouth, striker Harry Baker made his return for the Terras after a call back from a short loan at Frome Town.
The Magpies were boosted by an early goal in the 5th minute when Louis Kellaway buried a rebounder after Toby Holmes’ shot on goal was saved by Lloyd Thomas giving Wimborne a 1-0 lead. Harry Baker struck a low ball towards Chad Collins who collected the ball with ease 2 minutes later. A misplaced pass by Collins from a goal kick saw the ball bounce off Lee Francis unexpectedly, onto the eager Baker who couldn’t pull a shot away before Chad came out to redeem himself.
Running on the right-hand side, Rhys Owen started his debut by whipping in a cross which forced Lloyd Thomas to parry the ball behind. The resulting corner saw James Stokoe jump up and fiercely head the ball towards the middle of the goal which Thomas saved in the 14th minute.
With enough space, Harry Baker fired a low shot from range to the bottom left corner as once again Chad Collins caught the ball to his right. Weymouth’s Calvin Brooks headed the ball across goal to the open Antonio Diaz who volleyed the ball from a perfect position well over the goal in the 20th minute. Four minutes later saw Wimborne striker Toby Holmes running down on the left-hand side of the box right on the by-line as he dribbled past Weymouth’s defence and thumped the ball for Thomas to make a reflex save to keep the score line to a 1-0 deficit.
Once again it was Toby Holmes who provided another assist on the night, as he passed a great through ball to Rhys Owen on the right side and he struck a fierce shot beating Lloyd Thomas just from the edge of the box giving Matty and his team a 2-0 lead before heading into the break. On the 44th minute it seemed that Rhys Owen was returning the favour to the frontman Toby who curled the ball to his right around Thomas but into the side netting.
Wimborne produced a good first half. Weymouth changed their tactics and formation for the second period as they looked more aggressive towards Wimborne’s goal to get back in the game. Luke Holmes was brought on for Wimborne in place of James Stokoe as the second half resumed, with the youngster playing a much deeper role than we usually see.
Weymouth started the second half brightly as Warren Bentley whipped in a low ball only for Chad Collins to come out and save. To show their change of formation the Terras brought on two forwards Fadel Sebou and ex Wimborne player Charlie Kendall to steal a goal at least. Midfielder Luke Holmes struck a vicious volley from range but it flew over the bar in the 67th minute.
On the 70th minute Toby Holmes was substituted for youngster Aidan Shepherd who looked to finish off the game. Lloyd Thomas intercepted a cross by Curtis Young in the 73rd minute. In the 85th minute Weymouth Charlie Davis curled in a great free kick, above the wall to the top right-hand corner but unfortunately for Davis, Chad Collins had the corner covered as he caught the ball in mid-air.
Young Aidan Shepherd was through on goal in the 86th minute and with Lloyd Thomas outside the box Shepherd attempted a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper as the ball bounced once it had risen to unfortunately hit the crossbar which stunned the spectators at the Koolpak Stadium!
An attendance of 208 at the Koolpak Stadium saw Wimborne Town beat Weymouth 2-0. The Magpies put on a great display against league leaders Weymouth to progress to the next round. In addition it sets Wimborne off with a great boost of confidence going into Saturday’s league game against Weymouth. Can Wimborne replicate a similar result against the Terras in the league? Let’s hope so!
Wimborne: Collins, Lee, Penny, Francis, Davidson, Arnold, Stokoe (L Holmes 46), Kellaway, T Holmes (Shepherd 70), Young, Owen. Subs not used: Benfield, Tilstead.
Weymouth: Thomas, Wells, Sa, Farrugia, McCarthy (Seibou 63), Ngalo, Brooks (Kendall 58), Davis, Baker, Bentley, Diaz. Subs not used: Martin, Medway.
Tonights attendance: 210