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Wimborne Town 0-3 Tiverton Town
(Allen 34′ 90+5′ Smerdon 86′)
Att: 344

Saturday 12th October 2019 – Southern League Premier Division South

As rain fell unabated throughout the game, Wimborne were twice sunk by skipper River Allen, and once by a man named Noah, as table-topping Tiverton continued their impressive start to the season.

Manager Danny Holmes made one change to his starting line-up, fit again Stefan Penny returning at left-back.

In the first few minutes, Tiverton showed why they were also the division’s leading scorers (31 from 10 games). They confidently played the ball around the whole pitch with impressive movement from rotating players and attacked at speed down both flanks.

However, it was Wimborne who created the game’s first big chance on 5 minutes. Tony Lee rose majestically to flick on Cameron Plain’s clearance, Curtis Young instantly headed the ball over Tivvy’s last man to send Luke Burbidge through one-on-one with visiting keeper Lewis Williams whose trailing leg saved the day for the visitors. Three minutes later, Wimborne had a second good chance. Burbidge combined with Young on the right and his floated cross went over Williams to the on-rushing Sam Bayston who was unable to convert his difficult volley with an open goal beckoning.

But most of the attacking play was towards Wimborne’s goal at the hospital end. Twice Joe Byrne made terrific tackles in the area to dispossess the visitors, before, on 18 minutes, top-scorer Jared Lewington was played through one-on-one with Plain. The young stopper stood his ground before making an excellent save. This was the start of a busy period for Plain. In the next minute he had to be alert to grab the ball following a scramble in his goal area; almost immediately he had to dive at the feet of Joshua Key; then he caught the ball after his defenders had blocked two more Tivvy tries; and was relieved to see full-back Noah Smerdon’s chip go wide.

Just after the half-hour mark Tiverton finally broke through. Slick inter-play on the left involving Key and Smerdon found Allen in space on the left of the penalty area and, from an acute angle, he sent a crisp finish past Plain into the far corner. Being first to loose balls, the visitors continued to attack. Clever play on 41 minutes made ample space for Jordan Bastin who, to the relief of the anxious home support, fired over. And Wimborne reached the interval with just the one goal deficit.

Paddy Hester replaced the struggling Penny at half-time, and his delicate chip created an opportunity for Franklyn Clarke on 58 minutes, but he was quickly crowded out. With a lead to hang onto, Tiverton played with measured possession. Key ran straight through the home midfield before shooting wide, then Byrne made a super sliding tackle and an interception to deny the visitors. With the indomitable Sam Poole beside him, Wimborne have a dogged central defensive pairing which allowed the home side to go looking for an equaliser.

On 77 minutes, Burbidge’s floated free kick on the left came out to Clarke on the edge of the box only for his rasping drive to go agonisingly wide. At full-stretch, keeper Williams parried substitute Kieran Roberts’ cross from the right but a desperate defensive clearance denied Bayston on the line. On 81 minutes, Billy Maybury’s long free kick from the right of the half-way line was headed against the bar by Poole, but that was the last real threat from the home side.

As Wimborne chased the game, inevitably there would be opportunities for the visitors. On 86 minutes, a rapid attack down the left found space for Smerdon and he crashed the ball past the defenceless Plain. Lewington then spurned another good opportunity before, in the fifth minute of time added-on, Allen bagged his second. Allowing a low cross from the left to take him wide on the right, he turned to fire past Plain.

Three-nil was a harsh scoreline against the home defence. Tiverton looked a good side, especially in that dynamic first half, and they look likely to score plenty of goals this season. Wimborne had some really good chances, but, as we’ve seen before, if you don’t take them, you’ll get punished.

Next up is Farnborough away on Wednesday. They have the joint second worst defensive record in the division – a good time to find the net again.

Wimborne Town: Plain, Penny (Hester (yc 69′) 45′), Maybury, Bryne (yc 52′), Poole, Pettefer, Bayston, Clarke, Lee (Roberts 61′), Burbidge, Young (Doe 70′)
Unused Subs: Stokoe, Davidson
Att: 344

Player of the month: Sam Bayston


Wimborne Town Vs Tiverton Town

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October 12, 2019
3:00 pm
BetVictor Southern Premier South League


1 Cuthbury Cl, Wimborne BH21, UK


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