Wimborne Town 4-0 Merthyr Town

Striker Toby Holmes gave a master-class in finishing as Wimborne continued their fine home form in front of another bumper crowd. But before Toby struck the first of his hat-trick, it was the two keepers who caught the eye.
First it was home stopper Gerard Benfield who denied Ian Traylor when played through on 18 minutes with a sprawling save, before Lewis Webb instinctively kept out Sam Davidson’s bullet header from a corner, and then clawed away Luke Holmes’ fierce drive heading for the top corner.
Then Toby Holmes took centre-stage. On 24 minutes Luke Holmes played him through on the left to open the scoring, and just before the interval his second came from Luke Burbidge’s pass down the right.
Wimborne started the second half where they had left off in the first, and on 52 minutes Toby completed his hat-trick, chasing down James Stokoe’s lofted pass and out-pacing the visitors’ defence to steer the ball past Webb.
Luke Holmes tested Webb from distance, and Franklyn Clarke fired over from Toby’s lay-off before the home side wrapped up the scoring, and three valuable points, on 73 minutes. Clarke’s cross from the right wing fell to Luke Holmes at the back post and he volleyed the ball home to complete a comprehensive victory.
Att: 433
Wimborne: Benfield, Penny, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Stokoe, Clarke, T.Holmes, Burbidge (Owen 88), L.Holmes (Young 82)
Unused subs: Collins, Francis, Lee
 
Full match report by Max Emes to follow.