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Hat-trick not enough for Mark Gamble despite Wimborne's win
HAT-trick hero Mark Gamble dubbed his opener at Bishop’s Cleeve the best goal of his career but insisted he should have netted five in Wimborne Town’s 3-1 victory.
Striker Gamble, boss Steve Cuss’s marquee summer signing from Southern Premier rivals Bashley, turned the tide in the Magpies’ favour with a blistering 30-yard rocket to equalise five minutes before the interval.
And the Ulsterman completed his second treble since joining the Cuthbury outfit with a pair of clinical finishes in the final 11 minutes to provide the perfect pick-me-up for Wimborne’s travel sickness so far this season.
But despite inspiring Cuss’s charges to a first league win in six on the road, staunch self critic Gamble reflected on the chance of a greater haul from the trip to Kayte Lane.
Gamble told the Daily Echo: “That first goal was probably the best goal I have ever scored. Their defender headed down a long ball from our keeper and I instinctively took a touch and hit it on the half volley from about 30 yards. It flew in.
“We needed something special to spark us into life in the final third after going one down to a dubious penalty. If we hadn’t scored before half-time then the second half could have panned out very differently.
“To be fair, we were in control of the second half but I was quite critical of my own performance because I had two decent chances that I should have done better with just after the restart.
“While it was great to get my second hat-trick, I really should have had five goals but, hopefully, with the way we’re playing, there should be plenty more to come.”
And after following up Tuesday’s League Cup victory at AFC Totton with Saturday’s success, Wimborne’s strike sensation remains confident Magpies can build on their recent results and push towards the Southern South & West summit.
“In the past few weeks, we haven’t had the rub of the green and the new lads have been adjusting to the way we play,” added Gamble.
“We have been dominating the majority of our matches and have always felt the results would come.
“It only takes a little run of results to mount a serious challenge and I don’t see why we can’t be right up there because while we haven’t enjoyed the best of starts, we haven’t been playing badly.
“We have played against some good teams and if we cut out the soft goals at the back and take our chances when they come, we should be right in the mix this season.”
Magpies: Ackerman, Arnold, Maybury, Wilson, Brian, Blake, Davidson (Kemble, 88), Hubbard, Stokoe, Gamble, Webb (Griffin, 59). Unused subs: Costello, Roast, Smith.
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