MATTY Holmes lauded Wimborne Town's "brilliant performance" against Swindon Supermarine as they took a big step towards Southern League South survival – but insisted the Cuthbury club still had work to do to finish the job.

Franklyn Clarke’s thunderous second-half strike secured victory for Magpies at KoolPak Stadium and opened a six-point gap to the relegation zone with just two games to play.

The win on Saturday left Wimborne 14th and with a goal difference nine better than 20th-placed Walton Casuals.

Holmes’s men tomorrow could confirm their Southern League South status for next season if they avoid defeat at Gosport (3pm) or Walton Casuals fail to beat against Kings Langley. But the Magpies boss stressed his side could not rest on their laurels.

Holmes told the Daily Echo: “It is still not done. We need a point and we want to go to Gosport and win.

“Until we are mathematically safe we still have work to do but the two wins in a row have given us a great opportunity to kick on and get up the league.

“We have put other teams in trouble now because they have to win their matches.”

Magpies created good opportunities in the first half but failed to capitalise against resolute Supermarine goalkeeper Josh Hill.

This continued in the second half until Clarke broke the deadlock with his powerful effort in the 70th minute.

Wimborne's corner was only half-cleared into the path of the former York City talent, who unleashed a first-time shot through a crowd of players and into the back of the net.

Assessing the win against Supermarine, Holmes said: “It was a brilliant performance by the lads. We worked hard, showed real desire and played some good football at the same time.

“To get two clean sheets in the past two games at this stage of the season is fantastic after our hard run of matches with no rewards.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. We could have scored a couple in the first half. Swindon offered a bit of resistance at the end of the first half.

“They are good side but we dug in and they cannot say they were unlucky to lose.”

Gosport sit one place and one point above the relegation zone ahead of the clash at Privett Park.

And Holmes says his side will not take their foot off the gas.

“It is a huge game,” said Holmes. “Everyone is desperate to not do anyone else any favours.

“In football you have to look after yourself and get results to avoid relegation.

“Teams have wanted to beat us all season to put us in trouble and we want to try to do that to Gosport.

“We want to win the game and get the points. It would be unfair on the teams below us if we didn't try but my team won’t do that.”

Magpies: Benfield, Lee, Maybury, Davidson, Oldring, Pettefer, Francis, Clarke (Stokoe, 82), T Holmes, Burbidge, Penny (L Holmes, 90). Unused subs: Shepherd, Pope, Collins (g/k).