WIMBORNE Town manager Steve Cuss admitted last night’s Dorset Senior Cup clash with Poole Town was over after 45 minutes – but praised his squad for preventing another collapse following Saturday’s 7-0 trouncing at Paulton Rovers.
The Magpies trailed by a single goal as half time approached, before two quick goals from the Dolphins including a rocket from Keith Emmerson all but ended the contest.
“Crucially at 1-0, we had a couple of good chances and we didn’t take them” explained Cuss.
“They are a ruthless team and they finished us off before half time. From 3-0 down, it was almost beyond us at that point.”
The Magpies improved after the break, but with both sides accepting the inevitable – Wimborne were unable to get off the mark.
James Stokoe’s sending off rounded off a bad night at the office as the striker was shown a straight red card for jumping in with two feet on Sam Clarke.
“I spoke to the referee and he said James jumped in” added Cuss. “I’ve got no complaints about it.
“I think he tried to pull out but once he jumps he’s overstretched for the ball and it is probably a red card.”
Poole wasted several opportunities to add to their lead in the second half, but Wimborne closed down the strong Dolphins team quicker to prevent another embarrassing result.
“I said to the boys at half time that after what happened on Saturday – we’ve got to dig deep here now because things could go bad again for us” explained Cuss.
“I thought in the second half we showed a bit of character and performed a little bit better.”
Wimborne will hope to bounce back when they host Fleet Town in the Southern League Division One South and West on Saturday at Cuthbury.