Why Moneyfields’ FA Cup trip to Wimborne Town brings up embarrassing memories for boss Glenn Turnbull

Moneys travel to Dorset this weekend to take on Southern Leaguers Magpies for a place in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

Victory would see them claim their first top division scalp in the world’s biggest club knockout competition since a 2-1 win over Gosport in 2011.

Moneys management and team will arrive in Wimborne on a fleet of cars on Saturday – meaning there will be no repeat of a day Turnbull has not been allowed to forget.

Current Wimborne striker Lewis Beale, left, scores for US Portsmouth against Downton in the Wessex League on his first loan spell in April 2018. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

“When I was in charge of reserves at Moneyfields, we would go to Wimborne on a Saturday,” he recalls. “It was the day Caino (Tom Cain) was supposed to make his debut.

“We had a good team – Caino, Dec Seiden Ryan Pennery, Callum Glen, George Thomas, Jocko (Cameron Scott).

“I put the wrong fuel in the minibus – I put unleaded instead of diesel – and we crashed on the M27 near Wickham.

“The players were stuck on the side of the highway. We never got there, we had to go back on a Tuesday.

“When I got back to the club later that day it was announced by the tannoy!

“We always used to go to Wimborne and Dorchester midweek, so the only game at Wimborne that was on a Saturday, we never got there!”

A familiar face in Wimborne’s line-up is striker Lewis Beale, who was twice on loan to US Portsmouth from Eastleigh in 2017/18 and 2018/19. He played a few games for Turnbull’s reserve team this past campaign.

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The Magpies also have Luke Burbidge, who scored both goals for Shaftesbury when they beat Moneys 2-1 in a Wessex League game last April.

Moneys centre-half Jack Lee has not played for a fortnight since hitting a hamstring in the FA Cup win at Bemerton.

If not deemed fit to play, Cain, Corey Heath and Harry Birmingham will likely form a three-man central defensive unit.

“It would be nice if Jack Lee was available,” Turnbull said. “The FA Cup is important, but it’s not as important as the league.

“I would rather he miss a game and then be available for the next eight, than play a game and then miss the next eight.”

Young goalkeeper Bailey Neil, just 17 years old, will certainly start what will be the biggest game of his young career.

“Bailey played three games and did very well, I see no reason to change things,” Turnbull remarked.

“Our eyes are wide open. He’s a kid and at some point he will make a mistake – the key is how he and we react when it happens. But for the moment we are 100% satisfied with him.

He added: “It’s a cliché, but we’ll have to play as well as we can, and they’ll have to have the day off.” But we played well, I’m happy with our games so far.

In Wimborne’s goal will be Tom Parker-Trott, who scored last season against Moneys in the FA Cup for AFC Stoneham with a long clearance that bounced off his counterpart Tom Price.

In central defense is former Hawks defender Jordan Rose, who has started both league games so far – a 3-1 win at home to Cinderford and a 1-0 loss last night at Exmouth.

If this weekend’s cup tie is drawn, Moneys – having given up home advantage – will have to return to New Cuthbury for the replay next Tuesday.

Win or lose, they’ll be back to negotiate the A31 roadworks next Tuesday – en route to Bournemouth Poppies in the Hampshire Senior Cup!

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