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Poole Town 3-1 Wimborne Town
(Baker 59′ 73′ Dennett 86′) (Roberts 38′)
Att: 743
Monday 26th August – Southern League Premier

There was an impeccable minutes silence held for baby Olivia Hubbard, Poole Town FC assistant manager, Micky Hubbards daughter before that match kicked off.

After taking the lead against the run of play on 38 minutes, Wimborne were eventually overwhelmed by three second half goals in a much improved performance.

Manager Holmes made two changes to his starting XI – Joe Byrne and Connor Doe replacing Sam Davidson and James Stokoe.

Poole dominated possession from the first whistle on a hot, sunny afternoon. Corby Moore fired over Cameron Plain’s bar before Jez Bedford’s inviting low cross found no takers. Wimborne’s first attack came on 8 minutes. Luke Burbidge played Kieran Roberts through on the right with the outside of his boot, but the striker’s shot from an acute angle was well saved by Luke Cairney.

That was a rare Wimborne expedition into the Poole half. The lively Bedford frequently caused problems for the visitors on their right – he made space for himself before firing over on 14 minutes, then played a 1-2 with Harry Baker with the same end result, before Josh Carmichael’s drive from 15 yards brought a brilliant diving save from Plain. Wimborne did make a sortie into Poole territory shortly after – Roberts played Luke Holmes through on the right, but he lost his footing at the crucial moment.

The first foul of the game came on 28 minutes.

Marvin Brooks fired over from Bedford’s low cross, and Josh Leslie-Smith mis-kicked from Oliver Dennett’s cross as the home side continued to spurn good chances.

Stef Penny replaced Joe Byrne on 32 minutes, with Billy Maybury moving into central defence. Carl Pettefer won the ball in mid-field to set-up Roberts for a shot on 38 minutes, moments before the opening goal. Holmes bemused the Poole midfield with a “now you see me, now you don’t” run before threading the ball through for Roberts, and the striker wasted no time in finding the back of the net – a cracking goal.

Bedford had another shot blocked, and Will Spetch’s header was comfortably caught by Plain as Wimborne reached the interval with their lead intact.

It was the visitors who started the second half the better. Penny made an incisive interception before finding Roberts, Buck dispossessed Bedford, and the willing Roberts chased a lost cause down the left to win a throw deep into Poole territory. Then on 52 minutes Luke Burbidge played Roberts through before the striker’s two attempts were both saved by the feet of Cairney. Another Holmes’ dribble produced the first yellow card of the game – for Jamie Whisken.

But after good defending on the edge of the box to deny Dennett, Poole came back to equalise just before the hour mark. Bedford slipped Baker in centrally to give Plain no chance. Two minutes later Wimborne had a great chance to restore their lead. Roberts crossed from the right for Holmes to head wide at the far post after the striker had made another lung-bursting run to retrieve the ball. Cairney spilled Burbidge’s corner, and when the resultant short corner was played back to Burbidge, Connor Doe, under immense pressure, headed over from under the bar.

At the other end Buck made a great block on Baker’s shot, and Roberts cleared the corner with a massive header. On 72 minutes, having just joined the fray, Davidson was booked for a foul. Corby Moore floated the free-kick to the back post, where it was headed across goal and Baker volleyed the bouncing ball past Plain to put the Dolphins ahead.

Five minutes later Wimborne won 4 corners in quick succession. Maybury’s curler from the edge of the box hit the bottom of Cairney’s post from the second of them. But these were the visitors last chances. With five minutes left, Poole wrapped up the points. Plain dived at the feet of Tavares to deny the substitute, only for the ricochet to fall for Dennett who netted. Whisken nearly added a fourth in time added on, but by then Poole had the game won.

This was a hard-working, battling performance by Wimborne. Poole go to the top of the table following this win while Wimborne slip into the bottom three. Our next two league matches are against the teams below us – crucial games even at this early stage of the season.

Wimborne: Plain, Maybury, Buck, Bryne (Penny 32′), Poole, Pettefer, Clarke, Holmes, Roberts (Young 80′), Burbidge, Doe (Davidson (YC 72′) 70′)
Unused subs: Lee, Bayston,
Att: 743

Poole Town Vs Wimborne Town

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Next games:
Sat 31st August Walton Casuals home – Southern League
Sat 7th August tbc home/away – Emirates FA Cup 1Q


August 26, 2019
3:00 pm
BetVictor Southern Premier South League


7 School Ln, Poole BH15 3JR, UK


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