Wimborne Town edged out of Red Insure Cup on penalties by Poole Town
WIMBORNE Town endured more cup competition agony as they were knocked out of the Red Insure Cup on penalties by Poole Town – despite putting in an impressive performance.
An under-strength Magpies team led the Southern Premier League side at half time – after a great goal from Jamie Davidson.
The Dolphins hit back after the break – with Warren Byerley equalising before scoring the winning penalty after Billy Maybury’s effort was saved.
Magpies boss Steve Cuss was thrilled at his side’s performance despite top striker Mark Gamble missing - as his partner gave birth during the game.
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“I was delighted with the performance. I’m not making any excuses but we were down to the bare bones in terms of personnel” said Cuss.
“I thought that the lads that went out there did superbly well.
“When you come to a tough place like Poole, it’s always vital you get the second goal and we probably had a couple of opportunities to do that – we couldn't manage it and allowed them back into the game.”
After a cautious start to the game, James Stokoe sent Davidson down the right wing. He was able to cut inside, beating a Poole defender for pace and slotting the ball past Dolphins goalkeeper Dan Thomas after 14 minutes.
Poole searched for an equaliser as the game opened up – with Dan Ackerman saving Steve Devlin’s driven shot.
Stokoe then wasted a great chance to double Wimborne’s lead on the counter attack. He found himself through on goal – and instead of taking a shot, he tried to go around Thomas, who recovered well.
Poole made a strong start to the second half with Ackerman frustrating the powerful Dolphins attacking line. The Wimborne stopper denied Byerley twice in quick succession, including a fantastic save from point blank range.
The home side finally drew level when a great ball in was slammed home by Byerley at the back post. The Dolphins nearly went ahead soon after, when Devlin was given too much space – but his shot was again saved by Ackerman.
The last chance of the game fell to the visitors – with Davidson’s well-placed free kick expertly saved by Thomas to send the game straight to penalties.
Both sides made no mistake in the first three rounds of spot kicks – but Maybury’s soft attempt was parried by Thomas – before Byerley stepped up to send Poole into the next round.
“We’ve shown that we can go away from home and create chances” added Cuss.
“We created four or five very good ones tonight so we can take that confidence into the rest of the season.
“We’ve got the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup and the FA Trophy and we wanted to have a better run in this one.
“Having knocked out Totton from a higher league in the previous round, it would have been nice to do it again against Poole – but it just wasn’t to be.”