Match Report: Youthful Dolphins shot down on penalties

Wimborne Town 2 (5)

Poole Town 2 (4)

Southern League Challenge Cup | First Round | 05/10/21 |

Poole Town almost gifted their Dorset rivals a first win in their new home with a lacklustre first half performance compounded by mistakes, before eventually losing on penalties.

Games between the two local sides are usually reserved for the holiday season, but Poole were already in the giving mood on their first visit to Wimborne’s new home of New Cuthbury.

Sloppy mistakes cancelled out Luke Burbidge’s opener before giving the hosts the lead.

But Dolphins rallied after conceding twice in ten minutes, dominating the second period.

However, their strong second half performance could not counteract the mistakes of the first.

With multiple former players in action, it was no surprise that an ex-Magpie would strike first blood for Poole.

Luke Burbidge bullied a centre-half into relinquishing the ball, allowing the winger to place the ball past Cull and give Dolphins an 11th minute lead.

However there would be an immediate response from the hosts, who quickly broke forward and caught Poole flat-footed.

Malakai Stanners did well initially to recover and cut out a break, but then failed to control the ball and relieve the pressure.

Quickly Jake Carswell harassed the wingback, pickpocketing the ball and allowing Carswell to slot past Butler.

The game continued at a breakneck pace with both sides attacking freely, Will Butler had to get a strong hand to deny Chipangura from inside the box.

A loose arm in the Poole box met a Wimborne corner, allowing captain for the night Jamie Henry to step up and score from the spot.

Wimborne continued to find joy slipping balls directly through the centre of Poole’s defence, but the teenagers at the back managed to keep the hosts at bay into the break.

Shortly after the interval one of those youngsters would grab an equaliser, Louis MacArthur heading home from a corner in the 53rd minute.

The goal turned the game on its head, giving Poole added confidence to grab a winner.

They came closest when a mazy Burbidge run slipped in Fletcher, with Cull producing a fine save from close range to deny the ex-Wimborne youth player.

Hubbard then attempted a floated shot from range after the ball was miss cleared, almost catching out Cull and producing a corner for Poole.

A low drive from Rose almost beat Cull at the near post, who managed to get a glove to send it onto the post and out for a corner.

Misses from first teamers Jez Bedford and Luke Burbidge meant Wimborne advanced 5-4 on penalties.

Team: Butler, Rose, Forbes (Rossiter 72), Hutchinson, MacArthur, Stanners, Hubbard (Mayo 72′), Bedford, Wickham (Chalwell 87′), Burbidge, Fletcher

Subs: Holmes, Stephenson

Wimborne: Cull, Hanratty (Maybury 59′), Bragg (Scorey 76′), Jamison, Carswell, Henry, Mason, Chipangura, Smith, McWilliams, Sinclair (Young 85′)

Subs: Langdon, Chugg

Goalscorers: Luke Burbidge 11′, MacArthur 53′ ; Carswell 12′, Henry 22′

Bookings: MacArthur, Bedford

2 thoughts on “Match Report: Youthful Dolphins shot down on penalties

  1. I was very disappointed to hear the manager say basically that the club was not interested in this competition and set up the team to fail which is what happened. I would normally have gone to support but what was the point after that statement? It’s also very disrespectful to the Southern League. In the long and illustrious past of the Dolphins winning the SL cup was one of the highlights for me, there aren’t many. Good to blood young players, but give them a chance.

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    1. I understand where you are coming from, but both sides played very young teams – something which Tom has done frequently over the years. It was a very good game played in front of a healthy crowd, and at no point did it look like Poole were not actively trying to win, and on the balance of the second half, Poole were more deserving of the win.

      Killick was despondent after the game, so he clearly wasn’t pleased with the end result. I’d also say there has been more than a few highlights under Tom the past 18 years – wouldn’t be so sure to include the SL cup run as one of them. It started off the exact same way as last night – youngsters and fringe players used until the final, which was a drab affair over two legs settled by an away goal.

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