Poole Town secured their second straight Dorset Senior Cup with victory over Hamworthy United.
Goals from Dan Cann and Carl Preston gave the Dolphins a comfortable victory while Poole goalkeeper Nick Hutchings saved a penalty to keep his clean sheet intact.
Tom Killick made several changes to the Poole line-up to face their Wessex League opponents, but the Dolphins dominated the first half – hitting the woodwork three times before finally opening the scoring.
11 minutes before half time, Cann surged towards the penalty area before hitting a powerful shot into the bottom corner to break the deadlock. Hamworthy almost equalised shortly before half time when Russell Cook forced a good stop from Hutchings after a well-struck shot from the edge of the box.
Both teams struggled to create clear chances after half time, with Hamworthy threatening from a succession of corners. Poole secured victory three minutes from time when Hutchings’ goal kick was flicked on for Preston to race through on goal and fire home with a low finish.
Despite going further behind, Hamworthy were given a feint lifeline when they were awarded a penalty on 88 minutes. Dominic Allen stepped up but his spot kick was well saved by Hutchings as Poole secured the trophy.
Poole’s push for the playoffs in the Southern Premier League was tested on Thursday night when they faced Hungerford Town. The Dolphins were four points behind the Berkshire team going into the clash. To find out how the Dorset side got on log onto www.blackmorevale.co.uk/football