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Non-league: Trophy trauma for wobbling Wimborne
WIMBORNE Town conceded four goals in 16 second-half minutes as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy after surrendering a 3-1 lead against Marlow.
Steve Cuss’s men looked to be cruising into the first qualifying round thanks to strikes from Matt Kemble and Sam Griffin before the break at Cuthbury.
Striker Mark Gamble also bagged his sixth goal in four games just after the hour as the hosts moved into a seemingly-commanding 3-1 advantage.
But Marlow, managed by Mark Bartley, brother of former Cherries star Marvin Bartley, roared back and took advantage of a pitiful Wimborne collapse.
A brace from Jon Bennett, Ben Gladwin’s second of the game and an Adam Richards effort completed the visitors’ fight-back.
Magpies manager Cuss told the Daily Echo: “I am disappointed. It was almost the perfect performance for 70 minutes. We were solid defensively and we took our chances in the attacking areas, but it was just crazy defending in the last 20 minutes which cost us the tie.
“We stopped winning headers and tackles and got punished for those mistakes. We have to learn from that.”
The Magpies were stunned by two perfectly struck free-kicks from Marlow’s Gladwin, and failed to deal with striker Bennett’s prowess from close range.
“It shows at this level that you have to do things consistently well,” said Cuss.
“We started giving away some silly free-kicks. We talked about that before the game and we talked about it at half-time. It was very poor on our part to even let them have those positions.”
The loss means Wimborne have not gained any prize money from the FA’s main cup competitions this season, having suffered defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Hamworthy United.
Defeat by Marlow cost them a £2,500 financial boost plus the opportunity to progress.
Cuss added: “We want to progress in these competitions. They are national competitions – you want to do well in them and put your club on the map.
“We have failed in that respect this season so, from that point of view, it is desperately disappointing.
“Any of the non-league clubs who get a good run get that financial backing. We have missed out on that as well so it is a double disappointment all round. It is important that we pick ourselves up because it is a long old season now. We are out of those cup competitions but we are handily placed in the league.”
Magpies: Ackerman, Arnold (Griffin, 33), Maybury (Smith, 83), Wilson, Costello, Blake, Kemble, Hubbard, Stokoe, Gamble, Webb. Unused subs: Brian, Roast, Harvell (g/k).
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