Football: Bennett at the double as Poole Town book cup final place

AT THE DOUBLE: Justin Bennett

AT THE DOUBLE: Justin Bennett

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JUSTIN Bennett's double booked holders Poole Town a place in the final of the Dorset Senior Cup following a 2-0 win over Gillingham Town at the County Ground last night.

The on-loan Gosport Borough marksman took his tally for the Dolphins to five in four games as victory set up a date with Wessex Premier neighbours Hamworthy United on Tuesday, April 8.

Gillingham, the 2010 winners, gave Poole an early scare when Aidan Kirby's thunderous strike came back off the post before Nick Hutchings saved well from Aaron Rodriguez's follow-up effort.

However, Bennett drew first blood in the sixth minute when he fired home from close range after strikes from Jon Davies and Dan Cann had been blocked.

Bennett then saw a rasping drive saved by Gillingham goalkeeper Jamie Beale before another ripsnorter flashed past the upright as the Southern Premier big guns threatened to run riot.

Although Dan Cann's 33rd-minute effort clipped the top of the crossbar, it was a different story after the break as the Western League Premier Division high-fliers grew in confidence.

But after both goalkeepers had been kept busy during an entertaining second period, Bennett swept home Poole's second to complete the scoring four minutes from time.

Poole, who have won the trophy four times since 1989, will meet Hammers, who lifted the silverware in 2006, early next month with the final expected to be staged at Wimborne Town's Cuthbury.

Dolphins: Hutchings, Dickson, Buck, Dibba, Davis, Lowes, Elliott, Devlin (Turner, h-t), Bennett, Davies (Preston, 55), Cann (Parrett, h-t). Unused sub: Gillespie.

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5:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

Congratulations Poole and of course Ben Ding Bum, reaching a cup final at the expense of the league title, Best of luck for the play offs. What was it like at Hemel Ben Dung Bin ?
Congratulations Poole and of course Ben Ding Bum, reaching a cup final at the expense of the league title, Best of luck for the play offs. What was it like at Hemel Ben Dung Bin ? Ian not Dingbum
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9:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ben Dingrun says...

Play Offs or extinction? I know which one I'd prefer! Your begging site is rather interesting, approx. only £600 raised by actual Bashed fans. That's why you won't have a club after next week.
Play Offs or extinction? I know which one I'd prefer! Your begging site is rather interesting, approx. only £600 raised by actual Bashed fans. That's why you won't have a club after next week. Ben Dingrun
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11:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

Bendy Inbum, How was Hemel ? Nice ground ? You must have gone, surely. To support your team.
Bendy Inbum, How was Hemel ? Nice ground ? You must have gone, surely. To support your team. Ian not Dingbum
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