Listen back to last night’s match coverage of Magpies 4-2 win against Poole Town at The Black Gold Stadium, Tatnam. To listen to Danny Holmes after match reaction scroll to 2:17:54 with exclusive news regarding Luke Holmes.
Poole Town 2-4 Wimborne Town
(Cope 41′ Dyer 44′) (Bayston 25′ Lee 43′ Poole 64′ Shepherd 75p’)
Tuesday 10th September – CSS Southern League Challenge Cup Prelim Round
Wimborne recorded their first away victory of the season, and a first win for caretaker manager Danny Holmes, at local rivals Poole in the League Cup. Both managers used the game as an opportunity to have a look at squad players and new recruits, and rest regulars – Wimborne made 5 changes in their starting XI from Saturday’s FA Cup tie, Poole making 7. With both sides playing flowing football, the game turned out to be an entertaining spectacle – Wimborne had 18 goal attempts, Poole 21.
Luke Burbidge, skipper for the night, got things underway with a dribble through midfield before releasing Curtis Young who was denied by Poole keeper Harry Phillips. Flavio Tavares flashed the ball across the face of Wimborne’s goal; Jake Cope, coming in from the left wing, sent a curler against the visitors’ far post; a Burbidge shot was deflected for a corner; and Magpies’ keeper Lewis Gunstone-Gray made a spectacular diving save – all this in the first ten minutes.
Poole’s Jez Bedford was brought down on the edge of the box, and Micky Hubbard’s free-kick was well held by the young keeper before he saved with his feet from the eye-catching Cope. Although Poole had a spell of pressure, Wimborne came into the game around the mid-point of the half. Burbidge, relishing his role in central midfield, released Young down the right, he crossed first time but Tony Lee’s close-range effort was blocked; Sam Davidson’s header from the corner only found keeper Phillips.
The only surprise was that it took 25 minutes to break the deadlock. Josh Hall found Sam Bayston on the left. He twisted and turned, twice beating his full-back, before finding the net with a cool finish.
The game flowed from end-to-end. Lee tried an audacious lob; Matthew Dodd made a goal-saving tackle in his own box; Bayston was edged off the ball from Hall’s pass; Franklyn Clarke shot wide from Burbidge’s pass; Lee’s spectacular scissor-kick was brilliantly saved by Phillips; and Poole’s Josh Leslie-Smith headed over from a corner. It was breathtaking fare!
Poole equalised on 42 minutes. Gunstone-Gray’s indecision in dealing with a through ball saw him spill the ball under pressure on the edge of his area, and Cope lobbed into the unguarded net. Wimborne’s response was instant. Lee took advantage of a defensive mistake high in the Poole half, headed towards goal, and rounded the keeper to restore the lead.
And the action continued after the break. Lee headed away a Poole corner before Harry Baker headed wide when well placed. Phillips needed two attempts to keep out Burbidge’s shot from distance, and Clarke used his long legs to make 3 vital interceptions. Young led a speedy counter-attack before shooting weakly; Tavares’ inviting cross found no taker; Lee’s charge down the left threatened the home defence; while at the other end Jez Bedford, coming in off the left wing, fired wild and wide.
Wimborne’s third goal came on 65 minutes. After another mesmerising run by Burbidge ended with a corner, Sam Poole was in the right place to poke the ball home after some pin-ball in the area. Ten minutes later, substitute Aidan Shepherd was wrestled to the ground as he controlled the ball with his back to goal. The youngster confidently despatched the penalty.
Richard Gillespie forced a fine one-handed save from Gunstone-Gray, but there was little the keeper could do as Jason Dyer’s drive from the edge of the box flew into the net in the last minute. There was still time for Bayston to turn provider but Burbidge’s shot was well saved, denying the skipper the goal his performance deserved. In time added-on, Sam Jackson received a straight red card for a poor challenge on Young.
This was a cracking game, full of great football from both sides, and a great advert for non-league football. Yes, it’s a fairly meaningless competition, but a great confidence booster for The Magpies ahead of Saturday’s crucial game at Beaconsfield.
Wimborne: Gunstone-Grey, Helyar (Tilsed 56′), Dodd (Maybury 51′), Davidson, Poole 64′, Hall (YC 70′), Young, Clarke, Lee 43′ (Shepherd (75p’) 65′), Burbidge, Bayston 25′
Unused subs: Stokoe, Walsh