The drama of this enthralling cup tie between Dorset’s two teams of Magpies came in the last few minutes. Toby Holmes seemed to have won it for the home side on 87 minutes, but a thumping header by Callum Rose deep into added-on time sent the game to a replay on Tuesday.
There was little to choose between the teams in the first half. Visiting keeper Kingsley Latham made a sprawling save from a snap shot by Luke Burbidge in the first minute, and home keeper Gerard Benfield made a diving save from Tom Blair’s well-hit volley four minutes later.
Wimborne’s Jack Lovell fired over when well-placed from Holmes’ lay-off before Dorchester’s Rose’s cracking 20 yard drive cannoned off Benfield’s cross-bar after a sumptuous turn had left two Wimborne defenders bamboozled.
Having shipped 4 first-half goals in the equivalent league game just three weeks ago, Wimborne were pleased to get to the interval without conceding. But after the break Wimborne took control, and only brave keeping by Latham, and a well-timed blocking tackle by Rose, denied Holmes and Burbidge.
With a quarter of the game left to play, Dorchester’s Blair received a second yellow. But, despite having all the chances, the hosts could not find a way through until the 87th minutes. When Burbidge’s shot was blocked, Holmes reacted quickest and drove the ball through Latham’s legs. Then, with 5 added-on minutes already played, came that dramatic equaliser. With Benfield about to catch a last free-kick, Rose leapt highest to send a header, which was Dorchester’s only goal attempt of the half, into the unguarded net.
Report by Graham Dunn.
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