Holmes Hat Trick
Wood 0 Wimborne 5
Shortwood failed to build on what seemed to be some late-season momentum - after two consecutive wins - against Wimborne on Tuesday night, as they succumbed to another heavy defeat. Paul Meredith said, “With the size of the squad we have we are always going to struggle with the physicality of games every other day but we will keep going and just do what we can do. Until the second goal they didn’t really create any problems for us even though we let them have the ball, and we had a couple of good chances. At half time some players wanted to go and press the ball and the rest is history. From now on we’ll do what is best to get results.”
The hosts started promisingly, with Jordan Morris smashing over from thirty yards with ten minutes played, before neat interplay between Nick Humphreys and Sam Taylor released Will Hawes, but, off balance, he shot wide of the near post. Despite Shortwood’s relative comfort in the first twenty minutes or so, Wimborne took the lead after twenty-three minutes when Jack Lovell’s brilliant curling shot from twenty yards found the top corner. Wimborne proceeded to dominate the rest of the encounter, and almost forced an own goal five minutes after taking the lead, with Billy Maybury’s shot being deflected just wide by Rich Thwaite. The away side did double their lead in the thirty-fourth minute through James Stokoe, who lost his marker at the far post before volleying Luke Burbridge’s free kick into the bottom corner. Four minutes later, Toby Holmes should have made it three after Burbridge’s shot was parried by Harry Pickering and fell to the striker, but he blasted the ball over the open net from six yards.
Both sides started the second half how they had finished the first, and Shortwood had given away a penalty within two minutes of the restart when Humphreys pushed Maybury to the ground inside the area. Toby Holmes just about squeezed his penalty past Pickering into the bottom corner. Holmes had the chance to make it four a couple of minutes later, but he lifted his shot too high over the advancing Pickering. In a rare Shortwood foray forward, Jack Freeman struck a low shot just wide from the edge of the area. Wimborne added a fourth with just under half an hour to play, as Lovell scored his second, this time curling the ball into the bottom corner after he was found by Paddy Mester. Shortwood went down to ten men in the seventy-second minute; Rich Thwaite deliberately handled the ball as last man to cut out a through ball, denying a goal scoring opportunity, and received a straight red card. Lovell completed his hat-trick with nine minutes to play, as Toby Holmes took advantage of his overlapping run to roll the ball square for Lovell to slide the ball beneath Pickering. Alex Kibble tested Gerard Benfield for the first time in the match with three minutes to play, as the ‘keeper needed two attempts to tip the midfielder’s thirty-five yard free kick behind for a corner.
There is no respite for the Wood as the face Evesham on Thursday at Meadowbank beore making the trip to Barnstaple on Saturday
Harry Pickering, Ryan Meredith, Ben Prictor, Rich Thwaite (red card 72’), Ryan Thwaite, Sam Taylor (Harry Burns 70’), Alex Kibble, Jack Freeman, Jordan Morris, Nick Humphreys (C), Will Hawes (Dan Lander 78’)