BOSS Matty Holmes admitted Wimborne's sluggish start against Met Police had “killed” their chances of taking anything away from Imber Court.

The visitors fell to a 4-2 defeat which left them five points above the bottom three in Southern League South.

Magpies conceded three times during the opening 21 minutes – Luke Robertson, Nesta Guinness-Walker and Junior Eldstal struck for the Blues.

Second-half goals from Toby Holmes and Luke Holmes got Wimborne a foothold in the contest but Robertson netted his second on the counter seven minutes from time.

Manager Holmes said: “The start killed us. When you don’t start right, especially away from home against these top sides, you are going to come unstuck and not get the points.

"We weren’t pressing where I wanted the players to and Met Police had really good movement.

"We paid the price in the first 20 minutes. But even at half-time it could have been 3-3. We had chances and we caused them problems.

“I thought our football in the second half was the best I have seen all season. We outplayed them at times and it was only a counter-attack when they scored their fourth goal.”