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It`s Play-Off Semi-Final Joy for `Marine & Magpies

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The teams finishing third and fifth in the regular season are through to Bank Holiday Monday`s Evo-Stik League South West play-off final after Wednesday night semi-final triumphs.

Wimborne were many pundits` choice to struggle to avoid staying up ahead of the season starting, but finished third, scoring 104 goals along the way

They hosted a Didcot Town side who only scraped into the top six on the final day on goal difference at the The W+S Stadium.

And if front of an excellent crowd of 618, top scorer Toby Holmes grabbed his 44th goal of a tremendous season to give the Magpies a 21st minute lead.

And 4 minutes later, it got even better the Dorset hosts as Jack Lovell added a second.

Didcot`s own top marksman Felipe Barcelos had a couple of decent chances but the home side held firm to defy the odds and take their place in Monday`s final.

They will meet Swindon Supermarine, who edged out an Evesham United outfit who finished fourth and were most people`s favourites to go up before a ball was kicked.

It was `Marine who struck first at the Jubilee Stadium with a goal from top marksman Bradley Gray after 17 minutes.

They held that advantage until 2 minutes after half-time when Matt Liddiard pulled Evesham back on level terms.

The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and then after extra-time, so it down to who would hold their nerve the better in the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.

It was `Marine who did that, winning 5-4 win on spot-kicks to make the trip to Dorset on Bank Holiday Monday.


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