Match Report - Wealdstone - Away
Whichelow 2, Hutchinson, Fitchett
Poole succumbed to their third consecutive defeat thanks in the most part to a six-minute spell that saw the Dolphins ship three goals between the 38th and 44th minute. A classy brace from Matty Whichelow and Abobaker Eisa’s drilled finish gave Poole an insurmountable task in the second half. A deflected goal from Warren Bentley was the best it got for Poole before Dan Fitchett killed off any lingering hopes by slamming home late in the game.
The game was a slow burner with both sides struggling to retain possession for the first half an hour. A series of speculative passes from Wealdstone bombarded the Poole backline but they were often wayward or easily dealt with by Whisken or Smeeton. The best of these coming from Whichelow but his low cross only bounced off the shins of an unsuspecting Oshodi and out for a goal kick.
Poole were struggling to get out but did manage to create the game’s first major chance in the 32nd minute. Tony Lee held up the well before playing a pass out to Jack Dickson who touched the ball past Sellers in the Wealdstone defence, charged into the box only for Jonathon North to rush out of goal and save well to deny Poole the opener.
Despite the scare, Wealdstone were kicking themselves for not building on their early dominance. Especially when Dan Fitchett wasted a free header from six yards out provided to him by another Whichelow cross.
Then in the 38th minute, the breakthrough did come. Sellers, on the left, played the ball into Whichelow who was allowed to cut inside and bend a curling effort agonisingly past the fingertips of Hutchings and into the far corner.
Moments later, Wealdstone came again with Whichelow again in the thick of the action. He received the ball in an identical position to his first, this time choosing to run along the edge of the box for a few steps before unleashing a vicious strike past Hutchings into the opposite corner this time.
The Stones still weren’t done in the 44th minute, youngster Abobaker Eisa chased down an over hit Danny Green corner, sold Corby Moore a dummy and proceeded into the box and struck a firm shot that appeared to go through the despairing Hutchings in the Poole goal.
Poole offered up a Warren Bentley header well saved by North in response but went into half time shell-shocked and 3-0 down.
Tom Killick made no changes at half time as Poole’s long road back got off to a difficult start. Tame efforts from Lee and Whisken from free-kicks were all Town could muster before Smeeton was adjudged not to have fouled Danny Green in the box, much to the dismay of the Wealdstone faithful. From the resulting corner, Jamie Whisken inadvertently headed onto his own crossbar.
Poole survived that knock-out blow and then proceeded to take control. A pivotal change being Matt Neale coming onto replace Jez Bedford. Poole got themselves back into the game in the 62nd minute from Warren Bentley’s effort from the left of the box. He latched onto Neale’s flick on, shrugged off Eisa and his on-target shot deflected in off Joshua Hill.
This put a spring in Poole’s step as they pushed on in search of an equaliser to no avail. Substitute Abdulai Baggie’s free kick that went just past North’s post being the closest the Dolphins came.
Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson was forced into using his bench and turned to new signing Stephane Ngamvoulou. His presence helped to shore up the midfield and following a dangerous looking counter attack breaking down when Green failed to play in Whichelow for his hat-trick, Wealdstone did manage to kill the game. Ngamvoulou floated a ball up to Fitchett, in the 90th minute, who this time slotted home to give the Stones a 4-1 win.
Poole are now winless in seven and remain in 20th position. Going forward, Killick will look to build on the improved second-half showing.