An emphatic 3-0 Win puts Wimborne 10th in the table!
Coming from an entertaining 3-3 draw against Hendon the previous weekend, the Magpies continued their brilliant form in their first campaign in the Southern Premier League. Toby Holmes scored twice increasing his season total to 27 goals in the league, on par with Weymouth’s Brandon Goodship as they battle for the prestigious “Golden Boot” trophy. Gerard Benfield was unwell to play, so Chad Collins took over between the posts and kept another clean sheet. Juxtaposed to the wet conditions against Hendon, the Koolpak Stadium was shone alight with an attendance of 343 who saw Wimborne drill 3 goals to extend their home record to 12 games now unbeaten.
The Magpies started impressively when marksman Toby Holmes was played through by Luke Burbidge, who thumped in a low cross to Toby as he slotted the ball perfectly in the bottom right corner to open the scoring on the 8th minute. Only minutes later, as the last man running towards the goal, Toby was brought down by Walton’s defender Gradi Milenge in the penalty area. Up stepped Stefan Penny who struck the ball towards the bottom corner, whether he had watched the England squad during the world cup the keeper Denzel Gerrar responded with an impressive save.
Chad Collins made his first impression in goal when he saved a menacing shot which came from the Stag’s no 11 Mahrez Bettache on the 27th minute. Despite missing a penalty earlier on, Stefan Penny added to the scoresheet when Toby crossed the ball across goal and allowed the fullback to give Wimborne a 2-0 lead on the 31st minute.
Five minutes after the interval Toby Holmes ran around the keeper and tried to finish from a tight angle but, unfortunately, he hit the right post. Regardless of missing that effort, Toby found himself one on one with the keeper, he perfectly chipped the ball over Gerrar but with a fingertip save, the ball descended back to Toby as he put the ball away to extend Wimborne’s lead to a comfortable 3-0 score for the Magpies on the 53rd minute.
On the 70th minute, midfielder Luke Holmes also chipped the ball over Gerrar as he produced another crucial fingertip save, Luke headed the rebounder but was immediately denied when Gerrar magnificently scooped the ball off the line despite of the ongoing onslaught by the Magpies and a determined Toby Holmes of getting a hat trick.
Ten minutes later, Luke Holmes dribbled effortlessly past Walton’s defence but fired wide and an ambitious attempt by Toby Holmes saw the striker fire above the top right corner on a mission of obtaining another hat trick for his side which he didn’t manage to achieve when the referee blew the final whistle of the game.
A convincing 3-0 victory over Walton Casuals sees Wimborne move up to 10th place in the Southern Premier league, as well as Toby Holmes still obtaining the position as joint top goal scorer so far in this season. The Magpies are set to play Salisbury at the Koolpak Stadium this Saturday and all support is needed at this exciting fixture as currently Wimborne are seven points away from the top five in the league to gain a playoff spot. We hope to see as many of you there cheering on the Magpies during this important game.
-Max Emes Reporting