WIMBORNE boss Matt Holmes saluted the “different class” finishing of Toby Holmes as the striker returned to haunt former club Dorchester in the Dorset Senior Cup last night.

The prolific frontman settled in Wimborne’s favour the quarter-final tie at Cuthbury with two finely-taken goals in the space of 18 second-half minutes.

It took to 25 his personal tally for the season, his haul including a six-timer in the previous round when Wimborne hammered Gillingham Town 8-2.

Toby and Luke Holmes, both signed from Dorchester in June 2016, combined to draw first blood against the Southern League Premier Division outfit five minutes after the break.

And after beating Dorchester’s vastly-experienced goalkeeper Chris Weale with a venomous low strike to open the scoring, Holmes repeated the feat with a sumptuous chip.

Boss Matt Holmes, who also saw Luke Burbidge have a hand in both goals, told the Daily Echo: “Toby is one of those instinctive finishers.

“He has good movement and, although you won’t see him in games for a while sometimes, he does a lot of unselfish work.

“He missed a chance in the second half when he tried to pass it in the corner of the net. He has a calmness about him which you just can’t buy. He is a natural finisher.”

Although Dorchester made just two changes from their 1-1 draw at Merthyr on Saturday, the visitors offered precious little in attack as Wimborne eased to a fifth successive victory in November.

Manager Holmes, whose team is currently sixth in Southern League West, added: “We are desperate to win this cup. At same time, I had to rest players so there is a bigger picture in the league.”

Wimborne will be joined in the semi-finals by arch rivals Poole Town after they put double figures past Hamworthy United for the second time this season.

Beaten 10-1 in a friendly in July, the Sydenhams Wessex Premier high-fliers were again put to the sword at the County Ground as Richard Gillespie's hat-trick spearheaded a 10-2 win for the National South strugglers.

Gillespie, who has been troubled by injury this season, bagged his treble in the first half with Marvin Brooks's double and a goal from Jack Dickson giving Poole a 6-1 lead at the break.

Second-half efforts from Sean Wright, Ollie Balmer and two from Jez Bedford put the Dolphins out of sight before Poole old boy Carl Preston netted his second late on as Hammers refused to throw in the towel.

Kris Anderton and Joe Kimber were on target in Verwood Town's 4-2 defeat at Portland United with Alex Godfrey bagging a pair and Alex Halloran and Jamie Beasley also netting for the Blues.

Shaftesbury completed the last-four line-up after Jack Mitchell's double and an Ashley Clarke goal earned them a 3-1 win over Bridport at Cockrams.

The draw is due to take place at county headquarters on January 25.