Wimborne Town FC 0-1 Beaconsfield Town FC

In this first ever meeting between the teams, Jordan Ajanlekoko’s header from Wes Daly’s free-kick on 50 minutes was enough for The Rams to take home all three points.

With Matty Oldring, Toby and Luke Holmes all named in the starting line-up, hopes were high among Magpies supporters.

And it was Wimborne who had the better of the first quarter. On 10 minutes Toby received the ball in the centre circle, pushed it into space behind the defenders and set off after it only to be stopped by a blatant body-check. Referee Parsons brandished the first of six yellow cards for the visitors. Two minutes later, following a thrusting run, Jordan Lee crossed for Jack Lovell to head back to Toby but his effort went wide.

After Beaconsfield’s Bologun had also been booked for pulling Toby back on 20 minutes, Jack Lovell flashed a header and a shot wide; and Rams’ keeper Ravan Constable was quickly off his line to deny Toby. At the other end Gerard Benfield had made a comfortable catch from a Beaconsfield header on 14 minutes. As well as being physically stronger in midfield, the visitors looked a threat from set pieces all afternoon.

As the half continued, the visitors began to assert themselves. On 26 minutes Anthony Mendy failed to take advantage of a gifted back-pass, and on 40 minutes he had a deflected effort well saved by Gerard Benfield. In between Jack Lovell took a knock and was replaced by Curtis Young. Just before the interval, a fine run by Billy Maybury was ended illegally. He took the free-kick but the visitors’ wall stood firm.

Beaconsfield started the second period on the front foot. Omar Vassell and Louis Stead both had shots saved before that decisive moment. Daly whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left, and Ajanlekoko rose unchallenged to head past Benfield.
Four minutes later Mendy muscled defenders out of the way as he chased a high ball and shot narrowly wide.

With visiting centre-back Reece Yorke restricting Wimborne’ efforts, it was full-back Jordan Lee who came closest to an equaliser on the hour mark when he fired a pass from Luke Holmes into the side netting. 

As the game stretched, Beaconsfield had the better chances. On 65 minutes, and after riding two tackles, Alexander Cathline was denied by Benfield’s sprawling save. Mendy then dragged his shot inches wide, before the same player wriggled along the by-line and forced Benfield into another stunning reflex save on 75 minutes.

Manager Holmes pushed Oldring up front to give the visitors a different challenge, but the Beaconsfield goal wasn’t seriously threatened. Beaconsfield looked a good Southern League side, and got their tactics right on the day.

Wimborne are learning what it’s like at this level and need to take their chances when they arise.

Graham Dunn reports.

Wimborne Town FC welcome Weymouth to the Koolpak stadium this Tuesday evening (7:45 K/O) in the First Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.