BOSS Matty Holmes admitted there was a sense of déjà vu ahead of Wimborne Town’s crunch home encounter with Southern League South rivals Swindon Supermarine.

Magpies will on Saturday (3pm) lock horns with the club they were beaten on penalties against in last season’s Southern League West play-off final.

A total of 349 days will have passed since the teams once again tussle at KoolPak Stadium. Magpies are battling to stay at step three following promotion after a league restructure last summer.

Five points clear of the bottom three with three games remaining, victory could see the Cuthbury club become mathematically safe from the drop.

Holmes told the Daily Echo: “The work is nowhere near done. The lads know that.

“Swindon at home will be a really tough one. They have invested heavily this year after the play-off final penalty win against us. It’s strange how it’s come full circle.

“Luckily we got into this league and we want to take the opportunity to stay there. We are looking forward to trying to get some points against them.

“The league doesn’t lie at the end – only time will tell whether we are good enough to stay in it.”

Magpies will assess James Stokoe, who has been nursing a back problem. Full-back Paddy Hester is also set to make a timely return from a meniscus injury.