For the first time in Southern League history, Weymouth travelled to Dorset rivals Wimborne to play a league game. Just ahead of Taunton Town, the visitors looked to maintain that prestigious spot at the top of the table. However, the difficult conditions on the day prevented both sides from scoring with the wind continuously howling over the Koolpak Stadium on Saturday. Matty Oldring and Franklyn Clarke unavailable.
Many in the 697 crowd came to see Toby Holmes and Brandon Goodship battle it out to achieve the leading goal scorer spot in the league. They also witnessed Wimborne’s draw against league leaders Weymouth who pressed Gerard Benfield throughout the game. Obtaining a point has left the Magpies 13th in the table, only 5 points above the relegation zone.
The first incident came on the 16th minute when Luke Burbidge whipped in a low free kick towards midfielder James Stokoe who just headed the ball wide to the left inside the penalty area. Weymouth responded with a header of their own when Josh Carmichael headed the ball wide from a corner to the left on the 24th minute.
Luke Holmes fired a low menacing shot towards goal as the visitor’s keeper Tom McHale managed to parry out the ball over his head on the 32nd minute. Only minutes later did Weymouth’s midfielder Yemi Odubade fire convincingly towards goal but the wind hijacked the ball’s trajectory as it was pushed out wide.
Coming out of the changing rooms, both sets of fans were phenomenal when cheering on their respective teams despite the ongoing weather taking a huge toll in the game. The Magpies immediately tested McHale when they fired the ball from the half way line as it just glided over the bar as soon as the second half started. Throughout the second half, Wimborne took advantage of the wind blowing towards the hospital end as they continuously fired towards the Weymouth net.
Toby Holmes was taken down by Weymouth’s defender Stephane Zubar on the 58th minute as the home side was awarded a free kick. Luke Burbidge stepped up and curled the ball just wide. One of the best incidents came on the 77th minute when Stefan Penny struck the ball from outside the box as McHale impressively saved the ball as the wind made it more difficult to get an understanding of the ball’s expedition towards goal.
Both sides were unable to achieve a goal during the 90 minutes, but it was clear that the weather was one of the main reasons. As a result, both teams can take comfort from gaining a point which helped towards their ambitions this season.
Wimborne: Benfield, Francis, Penny, Davidson, Maybury, Pettefer, Stokoe, Young, T.Holmes, Burbidge, L.Holmes
Unused subs: Owen, Collins, Bayston, Shepherd
Max Emes reporting.
Match Programme can be download here: Weymouth 16 March 2019 v2 compact