Mangotsfield United...1 Wimborne Town...2
By Peter Coddington
Magpies late winner
Saturday 7th April 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 138
Mangotsfield United…1 Wimborne Town…2
There is a fine line between success and failure, and whilst Mangotsfield matched their promotion-aspiring visitors throughout, just when it mattered, Wimborne found the way to win, with a very late winner.
After just four minutes, Jordan Ricketts tested keeper Gerard Benfield with a rising volley, which the ‘Magpies’ keeper fingertipped over the bar. Wimborne, in their unfamiliar orange & black strip, (well, to us) responded dangerously in the 8th minute, when a drive from Billy Maybury came back off the inside of the post, and although Toby Holmes got to the rebound, he put it wide.
However, it was the hosts who took the lead after 13 minutes from the penalty spot, when Kyle Tooze went down in the box under a challenge from Louis Kellaway, and Jordan Williams coolly put the spot-kick away. (1-0).
This time, Mangotsfield did not concede immediately, as is their recent habit, but, it was not long! In the 20th minute, The Magpies were awarded a free-kick, 20 yards out on the left side of the area, and Billy Maybury’s curling low shot caught out George Dorrington, on his right-hand post. (1-1).
Mangotsfield enjoyed the better of the half. Connor Jones went through the middle but Benfield stopped his shot with his legs, and Mangos’ Jake Gardner’s poor back-pass almost let in Toby Holmes, but Dorrington was quickest to the ball. Kane Simpson went through on two occasions but hit the side netting and Kyle Tooze saw his strong volley well held by Benfield.
Just before the break, Billy Maybury was bundled over and Wimborne were awarded a penalty. With Toby Holmes taking the spot-kick, it seemed that the man chasing the league’s Golden Boot, would surely score, but his low effort lacked power and George Dorrington did well to save at full-stretch.
Mangos made a positive start after the break, and Gerard Benfield was being kept active. He used his feet to deny Kane Simpson, palmed away a Michael Bryant header and blocked Kyle Tooze’s route to goal. The hosts had little to offer from the bench as only Lewis G. Powell was available, whereas the introduction of Luke Holmes, Ben Walker & Sam Bayston proved inspirational to the visitors.
As it came to the last ten minutes of the game, Wimborne stepped up the pressure. Paddy Hester brought out a fine save from George Dorrington in the 87th minute, and as it went into stoppage time, Wimborne, breached the resolute home defence with the winner. Dorrington did well to push away Matty Oldring’s header from a Hester free-kick, but Luke Burbidge quickly reacted to stab home the rebound, giving the visitors their first points in eight visits to Cossham Street (1-2).
We were unlucky indeed not to gain at least a point against a promotion-chasing side who, following Saturday's results, now have the second automatic promotion place in their sights being just 4 points adrift of Salisbury ! Most encouraging point as the teams left the pitch was Assistant Manager Dean Pendry's passionate statement that, THAT ( - the second half - )was a PROPER Mangotsfield performance !!
Best of luck to The Magpies, if they do indeed make the play-offs.
FT: Mangotsfield United… 1 Wimborne Town…2
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Connor Jones, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Sam Hill (Lewis G. Powell 81), 5. Tom Warren, 6. Jake Gardner, 7. Kane Simpson, 8. Jordan Ricketts, 9. Kye Simpson, 10. Michael Bryant ©, 11. Kyle Tooze
Unused Subs: Ollie Price, Adam Kelly
Red Cards: none
Goals: Jordan Williams (Pen -13)
WIMBORNE TOWN ( Orange & Black) (Manager: Matty Holmes )
G/K: Gerard Benfield, 2. Billy Maybury ©, 3. Paddy Hester, 4. Sam Davidson, 5. Matt Oldring, 6. Louis Kellaway, 7. James Stokoe (Luke Holmes 62), 8. Lee Francis (Sam Bayston 81), 9. Toby Holmes, 10. Luke Burbidge, 11. Jack Lovell (Ben Walker 69).
Unused Subs: David Walsh, Lloyd Cole
Red Cards: none
Goals: Billy Maybury (20), Luke Burbidge (90)
Referee: Matthew Rushton (Pewsey, Wilts)
Assistants: Roger Smith (Chippenham, Wilts), Said Ouchene (Yate, Glos)
Please note that our home & away games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and can be found on Youtube.
The next scheduled game at the Curtis Drew Stadium, will be on Saturday 21st April 2018, when ‘The Robins’’ of EVESHAM UNITED will be the visitors. 3.00pm