Listen back to Saturday’s match coverage of Magpies 2-1 win against sixth placed Weston-Super-Mare at J & B’s Stadium, Cuthbury. To listen to injured skipper Scott Arnold after match reaction scroll to 2:09:19 and to listen to Danny Holmes after match reaction, scroll to 2:16:30.

Wimborne Town 2-1 Weston-Super-Mare
(Bayston 51′ Lee 90+2′) (Randall 78′)
Att: 293
Saturday 28th September – Southern League Premier Division South

In a rousing second-half, Tony Lee scored a 92nd-minute winner to complete another excellent team performance.

Unsurprisingly, Manager Danny Holmes kept the same starting XI and had a strong bench at his disposal. The Seagulls arrived lying sixth in the embryonic league table with a 3-4-1 record.

In the first period, The Magpies played against the strong wind blowing down the ground towards the Hospital end. Luke Burbidge, reacting to a header, almost squeezed the ball past visiting keeper Niall Maher; Tony Lee nicked the ball off a defender; and Sam Bayston fired high, wide and not very handsome in a good opening quarter-hour as the home side harried and blocked their opponents. But Weston soon showed what a good footballing side they are. At the mid-point of the half, Cameron Plain dived low to his left to keep out a ferocious 35-yard, wind-assisted free-kick from Alex Byrne; and Sam Poole cleared a low cross from the impressive Joel Randall.

On the half-hour mark, manager Holmes was forced to make his first substitution – Connor Doe replacing a clearly struggling Stef Penny. Plain was then well-positioned to make another good save from a long-distance effort, this time by the free-scoring Nick Mccootie.

On 33 minutes, the game had its second substitution, referee Parsons going off with a leg injury. After a lengthy delay, spectator Dave Pritchard took over linesman duty, and the game was able to continue.

Doe’s excellent defensive covering at the far post denied Owen Howe from Mccootie’s low right-wing cross from the right, while at the other end, just before the break, the tall Maher’s sprawling save turned Burbidge’s shot for a corner. It wasn’t the most exciting half of football we’ve seen at the J&B’s Stadium, but Wimborne had achieved their first target of not conceding in the first half.

The game came alive five minutes into the second period. Counter-attacking from a corner, Burbidge’s through ball just eluded the last central defender to set Bayston scampering through. He kept his composure, rounded the keeper, and netted.

The visitors responded well and had a period of sustained pressure. Poole, alert to the danger, headed behind; and Howe was inches away from converting Randall’s dangerous cross. But Wimborne created good opportunities to extend their lead. Burbidge, having forced an error, had a shot blocked on the line by Charlie Madden; Maher’s save from Curtis Young saw the ball spin agonisingly across the goal, and Lee’s selfless chasing made another chance for the increasingly influential Burbidge. Four corners in quick succession saw Franklyn Clarke’s dipping volley headed off the line by Byrne, and Lee headed over when the ball rebounded off Maher.

It looked like the hosts would rue those missed chances when Randall equalised on 77 minutes. The ball came to him wide on the left. He raced inside towards the box and unleashed a pile-driver which found the net off Plain’s arm and the crossbar. The Seagulls built up a head of steam as they sensed a winner. Plain made yet another good save by his post; Scott Laird fired over from Randall’s pass, and Poole made a vital block on Howe.

Then, as the clock ticked over into three minutes of added-on time, came that dramatic winner. Burbidge tricked his way to the right by-line, Bayston headed his floated cross back into the goal area where Lee poked the ball home. What drama! What excitement! What a result!

The most recent two league games have yielded four points against teams who were in the National South last season. And that’s a measure of how far Wimborne have come. Space doesn’t allow me to write a paragraph on how good each of our players were. Carl Pettefer hasn’t had a mention so far, but he had one of his best games for the club, doing the hard graft that allows the creative players to do their stuff. Billy Maybury and Sam Davidson make the back-line difficult to breach. Franklyn Clarke covers every blade of grass, and Tony Lee, fast becoming a fans’ favourite, got the goal his selfless determination deserved.

This victory lifts Wimborne to 9th in the table.

Wimborne Town: Plain, Penny (Doe 33′), Maybury, Davidson, Poole (yc 24′), Pettefer (Stokoe 71′), Young (Roberts 74′), Clarke, Lee 90+2′, Burbidge, Bayston 51′
Unused Subs: Bryne, Buck
Att: 293


Wimborne Town 2-1 Weston-Super-Mare

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September 28, 2019
3:00 pm
BetVictor Southern Premier South League


1 Cuthbury Cl, Wimborne BH21, UK


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