Manor Farm ended pre-season with a share of the spoils against higher league opposition as they and Wimborne played out a competitive 1-1 draw at The Creek.
A lively opening as always for Farm but they were almost caught on the counter inside 5 minutes, but sweeper keeper Ben John was on hand to make a fine tackle. The hosts first chance came via a set piece, Jamie Birds outswinger was flicked on by Steve Kingdon and Lloyd Mills snapshot was superbly saved by the Wimborne keeper. Another Bird delivery found Mills down the left and he had what looked a fairly strong penalty claim, waived away by the referee.
Farm were seizing the initiative as the half went on, Bird went on a trademark mazy run and his cutback found Bryant, whose effort was inadvertently blocked by his own man Lucas Vowles. The opener would come on the half hour and it was Bird at it again. The Welshman firing in another free kick, though this one owed to some disappointing goalkeeping.
Wimborne came out showing a little more of their higher league qualities and had two early chances in the first half, first Gunson lashed wide as a ball spilled loose in the Farm area and then drove wide from 25 yards a minute later. Farm weathered the early storm and nearly extended their lead, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist latched on to a superb diagonal and carried the ball 20 yards but his shot lacked the power to beat the visiting keeper. The game was becoming truly end to end on the hour mark, first a fantastic recovery tackle by Tyler Ashmead denied Wimborne a free effort at goal before a Mills flick found Bryant whose speculative scissor kick looped high and wide. Farms defensive performance was almost perfect for 80 minutes before some sloppy backwards football and a miskick from Ben John was punished in emphatic fashion by Gunson, giving the visitors an equaliser against the general run of play. Farm did at least regain control despite the disappointment and looked the most likely of any team to snatch a winner, Tyler Ashmead whipped a beautiful low cross in the last knockings but nobody was on hand to turn it home.
Star man – Jamie Turner