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Match preview | Wimborne Town (H)

By: Tom Berry | @TJBerry95

Dorchester Town Football Club will welcome the players, supporters and officials of Wimborne Town Football Club to The Clayson Stadium for this Dorset Senior Cup Semi Final fixture (KO 7:45pm).

Who are The Magpies?
Formed in 1878, Wimborne were founding members of the South Hampshire and Dorset FA as well as the Dorset FA a few years later. They played in the Dorset leagues for a number of years before being founding members of the Dorset Combination in 1957. They entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1982 and managed to reach the first round proper before losing to Aldershot.

The clubs finest moment came in 1992, when they won the FA Vase at Wembley, defeating Guiseley 5-3 to win the trophy. They secured promotion to the Southern Premier in rather unconventional circumstances, as despite being defeated in the 2018 play-off final, a restructuring saw them promoted after the demise of Northern club Shaw Lane.

One to watch
Former Dorchester striker Tony Lee joined Wimborne at the beginning of the season from Gosport Borough. The forward has made a promising start to his career with Wimborne, having netted 11 times in the Southern Premier South so far.

Have we met before?
We have already met Wimborne twice this season, both at Cuthbury. The first contest in the Southern League Cup saw Dorchester win 1-0 through a first half River Smith strike. Whilst the second outing, this time in the league, saw Wimborne come back from a Tom Blair effort to claim the three points by a 2-1 scoreline.

Form guide
This is Wimborne’s second fixture in the Dorset Senior Cup this season. Having entered at the Quarter Final stage, Danny Holmes’ men saw off Wessex League Shaftesbury to progress. Last season, they reached the final, but were heavily beaten 5-0 by Poole Town in the final.

Dorchester have beaten two sides already to reach the semi-final stage. After narrowly beating Western League Sherborne Town 2-1 in the First Round, they dominated Wessex League Hamworthy United 7-0, with Tom Purrington netting a hat-trick.

Team news
Dorchester will be sweating over the fitness of Tom Purrington, whilst Callum Rose is also expected to miss the contest. Nick Hutchings and Neil Martin both return from suspension whilst Tom Blair is also eligible despite his league suspension.

Admission prices
Adults: £6
Concessions: £4 *
U18s: £2
U16s: FREE
DTYFC Players: FREE

*The concession rate applies to senior citizens (sixty-five years) and over, disabled supporters (with free entry for their carer) and under 18’s with a valid student ID card.

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