by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)
Wimborne Town’s promotion hopes were dashed after a penalty shootout defeat against Swindon Supermarine in the Southern League West play-off final.
After 120 minutes of end to end football at Cuthbury, victory on spot kicks would have seen the Magpies gain promotion to the Southern Premier division, and playing local sides Poole Town and Dorchester Town in next season’s campaign.
However, Billy Maybury and Luke Burbidge both saw their efforts from 12 yards denied by visiting goalkeeper Josh Hill, meaning Matty Holmes’ side failed to reach the highest level in the club’s history.
The Magpies’ profligacy during the shootout was capitalised on by Supermarine, who dispatched their four spot kicks past Gerard Benfield to gain promotion, but also had to survive a controversial refereeing decision five minutes from the end of normal time.
In-form hitman Toby Holmes was fouled by visiting skipper Zak Westlake on the outskirts of the box and referee Andy Bennett, after consultation with the linesman, awarded a free-kick. The Supermarine defender was then shown a straight red card.
Paddy Hester’s resultant effort struck the wall and the visitors rode their luck and held out firmly until extra time, before their eventual triumph after a goalless 120 minutes.
Promotion was then decided on spot kicks, and the visitors’ accuracy from 12 yards saw them earn Southern Premier football next season at the Magpies’ expense.