After Saturday's stalemate at Beaconsfield it was all back to Tatnam to finally resolve this Preliminary tie. Manager Tom Killick stuck with the exact same starting eleven as his players were urged to go and finish the job they had started. This meant a home debut for Adam Kelly.
The first half followed a similar pattern to Saturday - Poole controlling much of the possession but Beaconsfield defending well and in numbers and making it difficult to break them down. There was definitely more urgency and quality about the visitors in this game as they closed down the Poole players in more numbers and at considerable pace too.
Kelly and Preston both fashioned shots early on though neither really threatened the goal. On the quarter hour Emmerson (superb in the first half once again) accelerated forward and waltzed past four Beaconsfield players before squaring to Brooks on the edge of the box but his left foot shot was well over the bar. Emmerson's run left the visiting manager in near apoplexy as he screamed relentlessly at his defenders.
On 29 minutes Burbidge produced some good work and when he fed Steve Brown, the resulting shot was well parried by the keeper who also managed to gather up Devlin's follow up effort.
Beaconsfield grew into the game and on forty minutes Hutchings was called into action when he saved low down after a Poole defender had been turned too easily in the box. Right on the stroke of half time Poole eventually broke the deadlock. A cross from the right evaded everyone and when Devlin played it back across from the left, the ball dropped to Preston and he hooked the ball home.
Half time: 1-0
The Dolphins started well in the second half and doubled their lead within five minutes. A Devlin corner to the back post was headed back across goal by Walker and Marvin Brooks thumped home at the far post for his fourth goal of the season.
This lit the touch paper for Beaconsfield who now really went at Poole and for a twenty minute spell they looked by far the better side. They attacked in numbers and pace and several times they carved through the Poole defence. A corner on 55 minutes saw a massive scramble in the six yard box which eventually saw Page bundle the ball home. Beaconsfield's tails were now up and an equaliser looked on the cards for some time. The Poole defence held steady however and gradually Poole got back an element of control.
Substitute 'Karim' Lammali came on after 75 minutes and, like Saturday, immediately gave Poole more of a threat up front. On the pitch for just three minutes he was put through by some superb play from Brooks and the striker delivered a low shot with the outside of his left foot which left the keeper no chance. It was his 106th goal for the Club and his first since Poole beat New Milton Town 6-0 back on 13th October 2007!
That goal ended all hope for Beaconsfield and it's Poole Town who pocket the £2300 prize money and now take on struggling Bashley at Tatnam on Saturday 29th September.