MAGPIES stalwart James Stokoe likes what he has seen so far from his Wimborne charges in pre-season – after they racked up 12 goals in two games.

The New Cuthbury outfit have begun pre-season with back-to-back dismantlings of Wessex Premier opposition behind-closed-doors.

Last Saturday they eased past Bournemouth Poppies 4-2 courtesy of a Harry Baker double and a strike apiece from Jez Bedford and Lewis Beale.

Beale then produced a starring performance in Magpies’ latest pre-season outing, notching half of Wimborne’s eight goals in a thumping of Blackfield & Langley.

Alongside Beale’s quadruple, Bedford, Jack Hoey, Luke Burbidge, and Louis Kellaway all added a goal each as Magpies cruised to a 8-2 win.

Detailing Wimborne’s pre-season so far, boss Stokoe told the Daily Echo: “We're just trying to look at the games at the moment and get minutes into bodies and looking at a few trialists, but in front of goal and our forward play so far, it's been very good and it looks very exciting with a combination of the players that we've got in the attacking areas.”

As evidenced by the appearance of trialists during both fixtures, there is still some room in the budget at New Cuthbury, although Stokoe did confirm that he had the core of his team in place.

Magpies were rampant in the early transfer market, confirming 17 players by mid-June – including eight new arrivals.

Reflecting on the state of play in terms of the squad, Stokoe continued: “We’re very pleased with what we have managed to do early in the summer and get the core of the squad together.

“There is a little bit left in the budget, we are open and available if the right player becomes available to us.

“So we’re keeping options open, having a look at a few people, and see what becomes available in further into pre-season.”