BOSS Danny Holmes admitted he had been left “a bit miffed” with the match officials after he watched his Wimborne charges squander a two-goal lead against Taunton Town.

Buoyed by a first win in four last time out against rivals Dorchester, Magpies looked comfortable against a side in the play-offs of Southern League South for much of their FA Trophy first qualifying round encounter, writes Jack Tanner.

Thanks to two Sam Bayston strikes either side of half-time, Wimborne were cruising until a contentious penalty decision was given against them by referee Barrie Small, allowing the visitors back into the game and draw 2-2. Holmes told the Daily Echo: “This season I’ve been a bit miffed by some of the decisions with the officials, but you just have to get on with it.

“I felt overall we were a bit hard done by - we could have nicked it at the end.

“Fair play to them, they came back and were resolute, and brought it back to 2-2. On the whole, we maybe deserved to nick it.”

Despite controlling possession and generating the odd half-chance, Wimborne had to wait until added time of the first half to make their dominance show.

Bayston was in the right place at the right time, sweeping in to fire home a loose ball after a good save by Lloyd Irish in the Taunton goal.

Shortly after the break Magpies picked up from where they left off, with Bayston taking just 10 second-half minutes to latch on to a through ball and slot home to double the hosts’ lead.

At that point that match appeared over, with Cameron Plain in the Wimborne goal having little to do. However, the game was turned on its head when substitute James Stokoe was judged to have fouled his man in the box. Referee Small pointed to the spot.

Rocky Neal stepped up to begin the away side’s comeback, before an 80th-minute strike from substitute Harry Kite restored parity at 2-2 and set-up a replay in Somerset on Tuesday night.

“We made our own trouble and problems,” said Holmes.

“I’m really pleased in general, but if there are frustrations it is that we were 2-0 up late on, so to drop that when we’ve been on the front foot and in control is a bit tough to take.

“They brought a young lad on (Kite) who was quick and dynamic. That changed the game for them.

“We have to learn how to deal with that going forward and be a bit more mature on and off the ball.”

Magpies: Plain, Penny (Hester, 86), Maybury, Davidson, Poole, Pettefer (Stokoe, 56), Young, Clarke, Lee, Burbidge, Bayston. Unused subs: Phillips, Doe, Roberts, Byrne, Buck.

  • Poole Town’s FA Trophy encounter with Hartley Wintney was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Black Gold Stadium.

The clash has been rescheduled for Tuesday (7.45pm) with Dolphins’ Southern League South showdown against Salisbury set to be rearranged.