WIMBORNE Town boss Matty Holmes believes the spirit in his squad has been a key factor towards their lofty league position.

Victory at Swindon Supermarine on Saturday propelled the Magpies to fourth place in Southern League West.

Wimborne also top the form charts in the division with four wins and two draws from their past six games.

Their dramatic penalty shootout victory over National South Poole Town in the Dorset Senior Cup semi-final six days ago also kept alive the club’s hopes of claiming silverware.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Shortwood United (7.45pm), Holmes told the Daily Echo: “The boys fight for each other and that is what you want from a team. They are all mates who go out together and are very pally as a group, which is wonderful.

“There is a real spirit between them off the pitch as well as on it. At the moment, it is showing how good the spirit is.

“They have their little arguments like all players do on the pitch, but it’s not a nasty thing. Because they know each other so well, it’s more a case of knowing they can do things better.”

Magpies will be without the suspended Luke Burbidge for their clash with Shortwood, who are 18th in the table.