MATTY Holmes admits the next three league games for Wimborne Town are “really vital for us” as they seek a first victory of the campaign.

The Magpies sit third from bottom of Southern League South with just two points from their five matches so far after losing 3-1 at Poole Town on Monday.

Wimborne’s woes deepened further with the news that midfield ace Luke Holmes would be departing the club to join Salisbury.

Magpies’ next two league fixtures come against Walton Casuals on Saturday at Cuthbury (3pm) and then Beaconsfield, the only two sides below Wimborne in the table with no points between them so far. Following that is a home clash with Truro City.

Discussing the upcoming fixtures, boss Holmes told the Daily Echo: “I think the next three games are really vital for us to get points.

“We had four points from eight games starting last season. In our fifth game with only two points, we have to get minimum two wins from the next couple of games, otherwise you are dragged right down early doors.”

Asked if he feels the first win of the campaign is getting closer, Holmes added: “I hope so. We’ve just got to keep that belief.

“We’ve obviously got a lot of new players as well who didn’t go through that process last year, so they’ve just got to understand and be patient and keep believing in what we’re trying to do and hopefully it will come. It’s a tough league.

“We are where we are at the moment, Wimborne. It’s a huge battle every week, but we keep battling.”