Report: Wimborne Town 3, Marlow FC 5
A DEFENSIVE meltdown from Wimborne Town saw the Magpies eliminated from the FA Trophy in a thrilling game against Marlow FC at Cuthbury.
The Magpies led 3-1 with 28 minutes remaining, but conceded four goals in sixteen minutes. Ben Gladwin scored a brace for the visitors with two perfectly placed free kicks with Wimborne unable to prevent a collapse.
”It was almost the perfect performance for seventy minutes” explained Wimborne manager Steve Cuss.
“We were strong defensively and we had taken our chances in the attacking areas. It was just crazy defending in those last twenty minutes that’s cost us the tie.”
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Matt Kemble gave the Magpies the lead after 11 minutes when he connected with a pull-back from George Webb.
Sam Griffin was introduced on 33 minutes, replacing captain Scott Arnold – and the substitute made an instant impact. A ball into the box by Webb was well controlled by Griffin, before he looped the ball over Marlow goalkeeper Simon Grant with a well-struck half volley.
Despite rarely threatening in the first half, Marlow made a quick response after the restart as Gladwin hit a rocket of a free kick from all of 30 yards into the top corner of the net.
After a few nervous moments, Mark Gamble restored the Magpies’ two-goal advantage after Grant had tipped Kemble’s fierce shot onto the crossbar. Gamble was on hand to turn the ball into the empty net.
Some lacklustre defending from the hosts allowed Marlow back into the game. Wimborne failed to clear the ball, allowing Adam Richards to cut the ball back to Jon Bennett – who wrong-footed Magpies goalkeeper Dan Acerman to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Nine minutes later, Gladwin had another chance from a free kick. He made no mistake – drilling the ball into the top corner to level the game.
Wimborne were on the back foot as Marlow grew in confidence – finding plenty of space to exploit the Magpies defence.
The visitors took the lead for the first time, ten minutes from time – when Richards’ backheel flick bobbled over the line after some more questionable defending from the home side.
Marlow sealed their place in the next round of the FA Trophy when the powerful Michael Bartley casually pulled the ball back for Bennett to score his second of the game.
The Magpies had no response as Marlow comfortably held on for victory.
“It shows that at this level you have to do things consistently well” added Cuss.
“When you’re playing against a team that’s very physically strong you can’t give away free kicks. As it’s happened, he’s put the two in the top corner from great strikes.
“Today I thought we were as good as them for 70 minutes. It was just some poor individual decisions that cost us in the last 20 minutes.”
Wimborne Town: Ackerman, Arnold (Griffin 33), Maybury (Smith 83), Wilson, Costello, Blake, Kemble, Hubbard, Stokoe, Gamble, Webb.
Marlow FC: Grant, Ovenden (Salmon 63), Lee-Brown, Romeo, Richards, Lingwood, Wittingham (Moran 63), Gladwin, Bartley, Witt, Bennett (Davies 86).