Wasteful Cleeve fail to turn dominance into three points
WIMBORNE TOWN 1 BISHOP'S CLEEVE 1
DESPITE dominating both possession and attempts on goal, the Villagers somehow failed to take three points away from the Cuthbury.
Kicking up the slope in the first half Cleeve took the game to the home side, Will Gayton first to show when he put in a shot from just inside the penalty area that went inches wide.
Then Stuart Midwinter put in a cross that went just over Michael Tambling. Carl Brown recovered the ball and laid it back the Alex Hoyle, whose shot was held by Jason Harvell.
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In reply Wimborne's Scott Arnold and George Webb combined down their left, the latter putting in a cross which Micky Hubbard could only head well wide.
Jake Lee put a high ball to Midwinter who brought Michael Jackson into play. His shot was blocked and Harvell came out to grab the ball off Midwinter's toe as he was about to volley it home.
The Villagers took the lead in the 28th minute as Matt Rose picked up a loose ball, burst into the penalty area and was brought down by Scott Arnold.
Jackson put the spot-kick well out the reach of Harvell and Cleeve deservedly led.
The home side created few chances, Steve Smith putting in a weak effort from 18 yards straight at James Nortei.
Arnold crossed to Smith but his header went over and Jamie Davidson twice found himself in space, but on both occasions Sam Avery got across to clear the danger.
Gayton again caused the Wimborne defence problems when he cut in from the right, outpacing them and putting a left-foot shot inches wide with Harvell static.
The Villagers were unlucky not to get a second penalty two minutes into the second half.
Jackson threaded a ball through to Midwinter and as he broke clear of Arnold, the full-back pulled him back but the referee, still on the half way line, failed to notice it.
Cleeve piled on the pressure and Brown robbed Jordan Cole and crossed to Midwinter, but Harvell made an instinctive block.
Adam Costello could only clear to Gayton, whose fierce cross was inches away from Midwinter's lunge.
Wimborne, on one of their rare attacks into the Cleeve penalty area, were awarded a penalty when Avery was adjudged to have brought down Smith and Hubbard equalised.
But still Cleeve pressed and in the 68th minute Alex Hoyle put the ball down the line to Gayton, who brought the ball back over Cole and put in a right-foot volley that Harvell just managed to tip over the bar.
Minutes later fine inter-play between Brown and Lamin Sankoh caused problems and a scrambled clearance fell to Rose, whose shot was collected by Harvell at the foot of his post.
The Villagers defence had a minor scare when Jake Lee miscued a clearance and the ball fell towards Davidson, but Nortei raced out to clear the danger.
Bishop's Cleeve: Nortei Hoyle, Davis M, Rose (Crowford 82), Avery, Lee, Tambling (Sankoh 68), Jackson, Midwinter, Brown (Caldwell 85), Gayton. Subs not used; Sykes, Jones.