With the games coming thick and fast in the last few days, it has been hard to write a blog update each time, so this update covers the last 7 days:
Tuesday 30th April, Poole Town v Farnborough NE, Wessex League Cup Semi Final Second Leg
This match was one way traffic all night, following the 0-4 away win in the first leg, Poole ran out 6-0 winners with goals coming from Steve Smith (2), Ryan Dovell, Ross Lloyd, Lucas Campion and Dave Sturgess (pen). The goal from Lucas Campion was a cracking 30 yard strike that the keeper failed to keep out. The Dave Sturgess goal was his first of the season, meaning that all but one of the regular outfield players have scored this season.
A 10-0 aggregate win puts the Dolphins firmly into the final on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May at 3pm. The venue is not yet known, but is likely to be Christchurch or Blackfield and Langley. The opponents will be the winners of Bemerton v Newport.
Saturday 3rd April, Poole Town v Totton & Elling, Wessex Premier
For once Poole flew out of the blocks and put the opposition under immediate pressure. The final result was 4-0 to Poole with goals in the first half from Mickey Hubbard, ever-green 44 year old Taffy Richardson and Steve Smith who bagged his 31st of the season. In the second half Carl Preston bagged his 6th from the last 11 games. During the game news had filtered through the crowd that Wimborne had lost 2-1 putting Poole 8 points clear at the top. The Match was sponsored by thebestofpoole and BNI, what a game to pick, thanks for your support.
Monday 5th April, Hamworthy United v Poole Town, Wessex Premier
A local derby is always a leveller and it was no real surprise when Hamworthy took the lead in the first half. However, I don't believe that one Dolphins fan doubted that we would still get a result and that faith was rewarded just before halftime when Stuart Brown equalized. Again news had reached the crowd that Wimborne were losing and it was important to win this one. In the second half Poole won a penalty but unusually Mickey Hubbards effort was saved. He made amends a few minute later when he scored and then Carl Preston completed the afternoon to make it 1-3.
With Wimborne losing again, Poole extended their lead to 11 points to their nearest challenger and can now win the title on Saturday by beating Bemerton and Wimborne failing to win at Laverstock.
The Bemerton game kicks-off at 3pm at Tatnam. Come and watch you local side go Back-to-Back champions.
Mickey Hubbard in action earlier in the season: