REPORT – Shortwood United 4 Wimborne Town 1

Shortwood were stripped to the bare bones due to unavailability but still turned in an impressive performance to beat Wimborne at Meadowbank on Saturday.

Jake Lee was picked out for special praise by boss John Evans after the game, for scoring twice and giving an all-action performance.

Tom King also made some excellent saves and to be fair the defensive display by the Wood back four and keeper was the major difference between the sides.

Wimborne started the brighter and King was forced to make a save within 20 seconds.

Wood settled after that early scare and started to create problems of their own and Matt Bennett and Lee both headed over.

Shortwood took the lead after 20 minutes. James Singh crossed and Joe White showed excellent control and crossed past keeper Harvell for Lee to head into an empty net.

Shortwood had control and although Town had a couple of corners Wood looked the more dangerous and the second goal, after 31 minutes, was a gem.

Fine football between Joe White, Lee and Adam Price finished with the latter knocking the ball home from close range to double the advantage.

Lee almost added a freak third shortly after the break when a clearance rebounded off his shins and only just cleared the bar before both keepers exchanged good saves.

The game flowed before Shortwood scored a third goal after 72 minutes. Jake Parrott delivered a curling free kick beyond the far post and Tim Haddock raced in unnoticed to bury a stunning header across Harvell and into the far corner.

Bennett and Nick Humphreys had shots blocked and Singh volleyed just over before Town pulled a goal back with nine minutes to go when Carl Preston rattled a fine shot off the underside of the bar.

Still Wood were not finished and in the 86th minute Lee scored with a goal that typified his performance.

He won the ball on the edge of the area and refused to cede possession despite the close attention of three Wimborne players and finally managed to thread the ball home past the advancing Harvell.

In injury time Matt Bennett shanked a good chance wide and King again denied Wimborne.

Shortwood: King, Rawlings, Cant, Lewis, Haddock, Bennett, Singh, Parrott, Lee, White (Humphreys 75), Price