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Wimborne Town 0-3 Taunton Town
(Wright 20′ Neal 36′ 72p’)
Att: 365
Saturday 24th August – Southern League Premier

Following the encouraging second half performance at Hendon last weekend and given the visitor’s stuttering start to the season, hopes were high that Wimborne would continue their 5-season unbeaten run at Cuthbury against Taunton. But it was not to be. The Peacocks grabbed control from the first kick-off and never relented. They scored two in the first half and finished the game as a contest mid-way through the second period from the penalty spot to deservedly take the points.

With Connor Doe unavailable, manager Matty Holmes made his first changes to the starting XI, bringing in Sam Davidson, Carl Pettefer and James Stokoe.

Wearing an appropriately sunny yellow strip, Taunton made light of the hot conditions and started brightly. Cameron Plain was in action in the 2nd minute saving a snap-shot with a strong outstretched arm. Moments later the visitors’ right back, Jamie Short, had no hesitation in charging forwards from Andrew Neal’s cross-field pass and firing goalwards from distance.

Wimborne’s first attack came on 5 minutes. Luke Burbidge, on the right, set up Franklyn Clarke, but his shot went wide. Two minutes later, Plain had to rush out of his area to deal with a through ball, before Josh Buck twice made tackles to stop Taunton’s lively attack. Following some typical Burbidge trickery, his cross-cum-shot whistled past the far post.

Taunton were spreading the ball around at will, whereas the home side found it difficult to maintain possession, and frequently played themselves into trouble. And that resulted in both first-half goals. On 20 minutes a right-wing corner was half-cleared. When the ball came back into the area, a first Taunton effort saw the ball hit the post. Matthew Wright reacted quickest, but although Plain took the sting off his shot, momentum carried the ball over the line and the Assistant Referee signalled a goal.

Chances came and went at both ends. James Stokoe shot wide from Burbidge’s high cross, before Billy Maybury made a saving challenge on the impressive Harry Kite. However, on 34 minutes the Magpies’ skipper spurned the home side’s best chance of the game. Burbidge’s corner from the right was headed back across goal, but with little time to settle himself, Maybury’s shot from inside the goal area went over the bar and out of the ground.

And that proved to be a costly miss. Just two minutes later, Wimborne contrived to give the ball away in their own penalty area. Kite was the recipient and he cleverly set-up Neal to blast the ball into the net. Sam Poole headed away two more Taunton corners, and the half ended with the visitors well in control.

Wimborne’s only shot on target came shortly after the restart, Lloyd Irish comfortable saving Clarke’s effort. At the other end, Neal’s instant shot brought another excellent save from Plain, before Wimborne gave the ball away, again, and this time Wright shot wide. Ten minutes into the second period, Stokoe played Kieran Roberts through. He poked the ball past the onrushing Irish only for a defender to race back and clear the ball to the safety of the hospital car park.

Manager Holmes tried another double substitution just after the hour mark, bringing on Tony Lee and Curtis Young, but it didn’t have the impact of the previous game.

On 68 minutes Wright’s header from a left-wing cross came back off the post, before Taunton substitute Dan Sullivan, chasing a through ball, was brought down by Buck. Referee Parsons pointed to the spot, and, although Plain guessed the right direction, Neal’s penalty found the bottom corner.

Taunton continued to look quicker and more energetic all over the park. Sam Bayston, a late substitute, made a slaloming run through the Peacocks’ midfield but there was no end product.

Yes, Taunton looked a good side, and no doubt will be challenging at the top end of the table. But this was a bad day at the office for the Magpies who need the boost of an outfield goal.

Next up it’s Poole away on Bank Holiday Monday. A repeat of Boxing Day’s 5-2 win at Tatnam anyone?

Wimborne: Plain, Maybury, Buck (YC 72′), Davidson (YC 80′), Poole, Pettefer, Stokoe (Bayston 86′), Holmes (Lee 65′), Roberts (Young 65′), Burbidge, Clarke
Unused subs: Byrne, Penny
Att: 365

Wimborne Town 0-3 Taunton

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Next games:
Mon 26th August Poole Town away – Southern League
Sat 31st August Walton Casuals home – Southern League


August 24, 2019
3:00 pm
BetVictor Southern Premier South League


1 Cuthbury Cl, Wimborne BH21, UK


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