Wimborne Town in seventh heaven...

Shaftesbury Town 0 Wimborne Town 7

Dorset Senior Cup Final – at Hamworthy United/County HQ 3G (Attendance: 412)

Wimborne finally ended a 21-year wait to gets their hands on the Dorset Senior cup and did it in some style on the 3G Dorset County HQ pitch at Hamworthy.

The Magpies have been beaten in the county showpiece game five times since a 2-0 triumph over Wareham Rangers back in 1996-97.

Shaftesbury, currently sat in mid table in the Wessex Premier Division came in to the match as clear underdogs but held their own for 33 minutes against opponents who are looking to clinch an automatic promotion place in the Southern League Western League.

The floodgates were opened when Billy Maybury netted with a low free kick from 25 yards that arrowed into the bottom corner.

The lead was doubled five minutes later when Luke Burbridge slotted home another low skimming effort.

Any doubts over the eventual outcome were ended in the final seconds of the first half when a Toby Holmes flew into the net off an unfortunate defender.

Three became four on the hour mark when Holmes scored from the penalty spot after Jack Lovell had be felled in the box.

The Rockies held it to just one in the second half until six minutes from time when the Magpies swooped three more times. Toby Holmes jinked his way past several defenders and rolled home to make it 5-0 and completed his hat trick a minute from the end of normal time.

The scoring was completed by sub Luke Holmes who got in on the act with a crisp drive from edge of the box.

The final scoreline is the biggest margin in the competition ironically since Weymouth walloped Wimborne 8-0 some 32 years ago.


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