JAKE Scrimshaw put his body on the line with a late winner to breathe new life into Poole Town’s Southern League South play-off charge.

Dolphins sealed a 2-1 victory against Farnborough at Cherrywood Road to cut to just three points the gap on fifth-placed Kings Langley.

The visitors fell behind in the 26th minute as Farnborough’s Reggie Young ran the full length of the pitch before cappping off the counter with a tidy finish.

But Poole drew level through experienced frontman James Constable, who converted from the spot five minutes into the second half after Marvin Brooks was felled in the box.

And Dolphins had to wait until the 89th minute to grab all three points.

Substitute Scrimshaw, who is enjoying a fruitful spell on loan from Cherries, burst into the box before chucking himself at the ball to ensure his side were still in the top-five picture.

Assistant manager Taffy Richardson said: “The players were very good. As for young Jake Scrimshaw, it was quality.

“The ball wasn’t his ball to get but he stuck his head in, knew he was going to take something. His eye got smashed in but he didn’t lay down - he got up and ran off to celebrate.

“He then sprinted back up the halfway line to get patched up and back on the pitch for the last couple of minutes. Most modern footballers don’t do that.

“He wanted to get back on - and that’s from a lad on loan from Bournemouth, who doesn’t really need this. His attitude was quality.”

Poole, who currently occupy sixth in the table, have just four games to climb into the top five and keep alive their promotion hopes.

But Richardson insisted he was always confident his side would get the job done against Farnborough, who themselves harboured play-off ambitions.

“I honestly thought throughout the game that I couldn’t see us not winning,” he said.

“We were so on top when they scored that I turned round to Micky Hubbard and said ‘this won’t be a bad thing. Once we score one, we’ll score another, because we’ll keep on top, keep dominating and pushing on’.

“It got close to the end when I was feeling nervous but I really thought the players were definitely up for it and they weren’t going to give up easily.

“There was a change in everything about us. Even if we hadn’t got the penalty, we would have gone on. We would have driven on further, we’d have kept pushing for the win.”

Poole are still fighting on two fronts as they face local rivals Wimborne on Tuesday in the Dorset Senior Cup final, set to be played at Dorchester Town.

Dolphins: Cairney, Dickson, Hanfrey (Scrimshaw, 73), Spetch, Leslie-Smith, Smeeton, Griffin (Grange, 87), Moore, Constable, Brooks, Bedford (House, 61). Unused subs: Boote, Clarke.