A GOAL at the start of each half enabled the in-form Met Police to maintain their excellent away record with a 2-0 victory at bottom side Wimborne Town, writes Graham Dunn.

However, Wimborne produced one of their best performances at New Cuthbury as, at times, they outplayed their opponents.

As you would expect from a side unbeaten on their travels, and with the meanest defence in the league, the Met started confidently.

After Oliver Knight had fired a warning shot over the bar in the second minute, they took the lead just moments later.

A harmless looking ball from the right was flicked on to Johnathan Hippolyte in space in the box.

As defenders' eyes turned to the linesman, the striker netted from six yards. Appeals for offside were muted, and the visitors celebrated.

The young Magpies rallied and took the fight to their opponents. Jez Bedford, coming off the left wing, found Curtis Young on the right, and his dinked cross forced the first of many corners.

During the middle period of the half, Wimborne put together a good spell of possession with crisp passes on the ground.

Harry Morgan's clever feet made space for a shot following good work by Lewis Beale on the left.

After the break, skipper Scott Arnold picked out Young on the right to send over a floated cross, which glanced the woodwork.

Then, on 50 minutes, came the second goal for the visitors. Knight crossed from the left for Liam Ferdinand to pull away from his markers at the far post and slot home.

Wimborne still took the game to the opposition. Jake Carswell fired wide of the far post from Young's pass.

But despite an improved performance, Magpies were left to ponder another defeat.

James Stokoe’s men remain marooned to the foot of the Southern Premier South table, with seven points from their opening 16 games played.