Wimborne reached their highest position ever in the hockey pyramid following their 2-1 win over Wanderers at Battersea Park. 3rd in regional 1 was merely a pipedream, probably even at 3pm on Saturday, but that was the reward for beating second placed Basingstoke last week, and third place Wanderers on a long away trip to London this week. Goal difference of +1 in 6 games shows that all the games have been tight, and this was no exception. Todd Clark was first to follow up a Wimborne penalty corner and put the away team ahead about halfway through the first half, but althoughWanderers finished the half the stronger of the teams by winning a number of penalty corners, they were unable to convert their possession into the equalising goal.
The second half saw Wanderers begin to stretch the play and get control of the ball, without really looking too dangerous from open play. Wimborne went 2-0 ahead after a quick turnover of play saw the ball played into Todd Clark who controlled the ball after a scramble in front of goal to flick it into the net. Wimborne failed to take further chances to put the game out of sight, with Sam Butterfield being really unlucky to lose his footing as he found himself 1v1 with the Wanderers keeper. Wanderers then converted a penalty stroke to reduce the deficit and the run of play was now firmly with the home team. However some fantastic last ditch defending by the defence and midfield saw out the game to give Wimborne the 3 points to take back to Dorset.
The mens 2s encounter with Poole at QE was a typical local derby with both teams suffering suspensions at various times. Tom Blake gave Wimborne an early lead from a penalty corner, which was then doubled by Gareth Hardiman. Poole hurtled back into the game with 2 goals in a minute, but another Blake corner gave Wimborne a narrow half time lead. Poole equalised again, but Wimborne hit back immediately through Blake, and then both Blake and Hardiman added late goals to give Wimborne a 6-3 win which sees them 4th in Hampshire Division 3.
The mens 3s and both ladies teams suffered disappointing defeats, with the 3s losing 6-1 at Haslemere (Richard Hough) and the ladies 2s to a single Weymouth goal. The ladies 1s went behind late in the first half to Mendip. Wimborne then lost the second half penalty corner count 2-1, and rued not being able to convert their numerous first half chances.