Thatcham Town 3 Wimborne Town 2
Thatcham finish the season in 8th place following a 3-2 win at home to Wimborne Town.
After a quiet opening ten minutes the Kingfishers came to life and went close to scoring four times in as many minutes.
James Clark burst forward and teed up Scott Rees whose firm strike was pushed away by Jason Harvell as far as Tom Etheridge but Harvell got a touch to Etheridge’s shot and it narrowly cleared the bar. From Tom Browne’s corner Harvell made a smart save from Mark James’s header. Then Shane Kingston fired over from Rees’s cross, and Rees again was denied by Harvell.
The opening goal arrived shortly after when Tom Melledew’s pile-driver was pushed away by Harvell, however Clark was first to the ball and centred for Rees to convert.
After that goal Steve Howe in the Thatcham net became the busier keeper, making saves from Jon Blake, George Webb and Tom Jeffes. Meanwhile Tom Hill shot wide from inside the box and also looped a header onto the roof of the net as Wimborne created chances but Thatcham went into the break 1-0 up.
The Kingfishers began the second half well and scored a second on 49 minutes when James headed home Tom Browne’s free-kick.
A third almost followed as Jemel Johnson headed against the bar from Paul Taplin’s dribble and cross. Gareth Thomas headed a Browne corner over from close-range before Thatcham added a third on 76 minutes.
Carl Self raced on to Browne’s ball up the left channel and centred perfectly for Johnson to glance a header across goal and in.
Wimborne hadn’t threatened much in the second half but pulled two goals back late in the game. On 85 minutes Jamie Davidson converted Webb’s cross whilst on 90 minutes a left-wing cross from Blake appeared to deflect in off a Thatcham defender, leaving Howe helpless.
Thatcham almost added a fourth deep into injury time when Clark was put through and rounded the keeper but took the ball too far. However he continued his mazy run by heading goalwards again, cutting inside covering defenders, but he eventually fired a shot against the post.