Preview: – Wimborne Town (A)

Poole Town will make the seven mile trip north for the 53rd Cross Stour derby, and the first to be held at Wimborne Town’s new home, New Cuthbury.

The two clubs first met in the 19th Century, with Poole running out 7-0 winners in the Bankes Charity Cup in 1893/94.

It wouldn’t be until 1922/23 when the two sides would meet in the same competition again, with both teams then entering sides into the Dorset League from the start of the 1923/24 season.

The sides last competitive meeting pre-Second World was in the 1937-28 Bankes Charity Cup, with Poole running out winners after a replay.

There was another large gap between fixtures, with the next competitive meeting not coming until 1991-92, in the Dorset Senior Cup.

That would be the main setting for meetings before the millennium, with Wimborne also knocking Poole out of the FA Cup after a replay in 1993-94.

In the early 2000s the sides finally met in the league again, with both sides battling for promotion from the Wessex.

With Poole unable to take their earnt promotion due to ground grading issues, Wimborne were promoted at their rivals’ expense.

Dolphins eventually made it back to the Southern League to resume hostilities, eventually surpassing their near rivals and earning promotion to the Southern Premier.

Meetings in the Southern League Cup and Dorset Senior Cup kept the rivalry ticking over whilst league meetings were on hold, but Poole’s relegation from the sixth tier and Wimborne’s promotion from the 8th allowed for more league match-ups.

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This will be the sixth time (out of a possible 8 seasons) the two sides will meet in the Southern League Cup, highlighting just how local the league likes to keep the draws.

Poole boss Tom Killick frequently uses these games as an opportunity to give U23 players minutes in a first team environment, leading to quite a sloppy record against the Magpies in the Southern League Cup.

Dolphins have only run out winners twice out of the past five meetings, with their last win coming back in the 2014/15 season.

Beating Wimborne was the first step to an eventual cup triumph, whilst the furthest round the Magpies have reached being the 3rd round.

The Magpies come into Tuesday’s game with just the one league win, albeit an impressive 2-0 victory away at Salisbury.

They did however have a decent cup run that saw them beat lower league opposition Blackfield & Langely and Basingstoke away from home, before succumbing to National South Hampton & Richmond.

Wimborne are still yet to win a competitive fixture at their new home, and with a potential fixture pile-up awaiting them combined with a growing injury list, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both sides field unrecognisable line ups.

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