Five goals for Gamble as Magpies bounce back in style
Wimborne Town 8, Guildford City 1
WIMBORNE Town got back on track with a thumping 8-1 win over Guildford City.
Mark Gamble scored five goals as the Magpies cruised past the struggling visitors – with Wimborne dominating from start to finish.
Gamble has now scored 16 goals so far this season – but Magpies boss Steve Cuss was quick to praise the whole team after Tuesday's demolition job.
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"We're seeing what a good finisher he is" explained Cuss. "If you put him in on goal, he finishes. To already have 16 goals by the beginning of October is an impressive record.
"It's important the whole team get the credit. I thought we set him up nicely with our control of the ball and if we give him the chances, he's certainly going to put them away."
The pressure was on Steve Cuss' side to respond after Saturday's disappointing FA Trophy exit against Marlow FC. The impressive George Webb took less than a minute against Guildford to ease the pressure as his half volley crashed against the post and into the back of the net.
Jon Blake added the Magpies' second goal after finding himself in acres of space in the Guildford box. Despite miss-hitting his shot, Guildford goalkeeper Tom Boyle was wrong-footed – with the ball rolling across the line. As the teams headed towards half time, Guildford conceded a needless penalty – with Tyler Myers shown a red card for dissent. Gamble sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to give Wimborne a three-goal lead at the break.
Wimborne were punished for a lapse in concentration after the restart with Dominic Ogun getting Guildford on the board – but the resurgence was short-lived.
Matt Kemble's long-range effort was parried straight into the path of Gamble who made no mistake from close range. Guildford were defensively poor, and could do nothing to stop James Stokoe sliding in at close range to grab Wimborne's fifth goal – after substitute Jamie Davidson's initial effort was denied.
Some more desperate defending from the visitors gave Gamble the chance to seal his hat-trick from the penalty spot – and he sent Boyle the wrong way to make it 6-1 to the Magpies.
Wimborne kept the pressure up, despite the contest being over. A quick through ball caught Guildford off guard, with Gamble rounding Boyle for his fourth goal of the game.
A clever corner was cut back to Billy Maybury and he was unlucky to see his first time effort clip the upright – much to the relief of the Guildford defence.
Gamble latched onto a long ball in the closing stages, easing the ball home for his fifth goal – and Wimborne's eighth.
"We bounced back with a great performance, scoring eight goals and we probably could have had a few more" added Cuss.
"In the league we've done well at home and we're always confident here. We got off to the perfect start which helped after Saturday and it really set the tone for the night.
"We were disappointed on Saturday – how we just collapsed in the last 20 minutes, but this response was brilliant."