BOSS Matty Holmes was keen to take the positives from Wimborne Town’s 2-2 draw with Horsham – despite squandering a two-goal lead.

Magpies had raced into the ascendancy at Cuthbury with Kieran Roberts coolly rounding the goalkeeper to open the scoring after just six minutes.

Striker Tony Lee then doubled the advantage three minutes before the break.

But Horsham, who were promoted from Isthmian South East Division last season, hit back when Will Miles tapped home from a corner.

Charlie Harris’s speculative long-range effort then found the net in the dying moments.

Manager Holmes told Radio Wimborne: “It was a good test.

“To go in 2-0 up with a good, battling, solid performance – with some good bits of quality at times – I was really pleased.

“We had some little problems we had to deal with and at times we did really well.”

He added: “I thought it was a really positive performance, the second half we did dip a little bit but I think the boys put on a tremendous effort and the shape at times I was pleased with.”

Wimborne begin their Southern League South campaign at home to Hartley Wintney on Saturday, August 10.