With a gusting wind and driving rain coming straight down an increasingly greasy pitch, the two teams deserve plaudits for providing the large crowd with a proper game of football.
Defences were on top in the first half and shackled the free-scoring attacks. Luke Burbidge curled a shot inches over on 12 minutes for the home side, while at the other end Taunton’s Ed Palmer’s header from a free-kick came back off the cross-bar two minutes later.
Andrew Neal had a golden opportunity to open the scoring for the visitors five minutes before the break, but his volley from inside the goal area cleared the bar.
With the wind behind them in the second period, Taunton came out with all guns blazing. Keith Emmerson and Dan Sullivan went close before Neal stung keeper Gerard Benfield’s hands from 25 yards. Wimborne looked dangerous whenever they played the ball on the ground, and on 72 minutes they took the lead. Burbidge played Toby Holmes through on the left and he beat keeper Lloyd Irish before coolly finishing.
Taunton threw more men and balls forward, and less than ten minutes later they were level. Ollie Chamberlain heading in a left-wing cross.
Sam Davidson gave an assured display at the heart of the home defence as Wimborne dug deep to hang on for a hard-earned point.
Full report, match photos, interview and goals to follow…