SKIPPER Scott Arnold admitted Wimborne Town were “on cloud nine” with their Southern League West form.

The Cuthbury outfit have risen to sixth in the league table courtesy of three wins in their past four games.

With two fixtures in hand on Evesham and Didcot, who sit directly above them, Matty Holmes’s side will on Saturday be hoping for more success when they visit Cinderford Town (3pm).

Arnold told the Daily Echo: “Things are going well and other results have gone our way in the past couple of weeks.

“We are well up there and have a couple of games in hand on other teams above us, which is a great position to be in.

“It gives you something to play for. We have the Dorset Senior Cup to go for as well, so the season is very much alive. Everyone is on cloud nine at the minute, we just have to keep enjoying it and see where it takes us.

“Even in training, it’s like you are playing in a game, the intensity is unbelievable.”

Arnold, who has racked up more than 500 appearances for Magpies, has been restricted to a bench role in recent weeks following his sending off against Yate Town last month.

But the club captain, who yesterday celebrated his 33rd birthday, insisted he had no complaints at being named among the substitutes.

“If things are going well and the players have earned the shirts, Matty will keep it the same and fair play to the boys who have the shirts,” he said.

“I have nothing to complain about. I would like to be playing, especially when you are going to Cinderford away, but you cannot change a winning formula and it’s nice to be on another good run.

“I want to try to be the highest appearance maker for the club. That is my goal and I just want to carry on playing until I do it.”

Defender Arnold was part of the Wimborne team who suffered a 1-0 defeat against Cinderford back in October.

He added: “They are a very direct side and are very physical. We have to go there with a game plan.”

Wimborne’s James Stokoe remains suspended.

Magpies: (from) Benfield, Penny, Walker, Cole, Oldring, Maybury, Kellaway, Davidson, Francis, L Holmes, T Holmes, Arnold, Burbidge, Lovell, Kendall.

Meanwhile, in Wessex One, Luke Stone hit a hat-trick in Christchurch’s 5-0 thrashing of bottom side Folland Sports at Hurn Bridge.

Harvey Wright and Ben Cooper were also on target as Ollie Cherrett’s men charged up to second in the standings.