BROADMAYNE edged Canford United 6-5 in an 11-goal epic at Cowleaze Road to progress to the Dorset Intermediate Cup second round.

New-look Broadmayne took to the field donning their box-fresh electric blue home kit, generously sponsored by Kennedy Legg Accountants of Dorchester.

Inspired by the attacking enthusiasm of new manager, Harry Mitchell, Broadmayne came out on top in this pulsating cup clash.

Broadmayne’s energetic midfield trio of team captain James Driver, James Moynehan and Denis Ravilov dominated the first-half’s early exchanges, playing elegant flowing football and creating a hatful of chances.

Mayne quickly swept into a 2-0 lead after just 20 minutes, thanks to the combined power and guile of strike partners Dillan Acreman and Will Turland.

Canford fought back valiantly from their early setback. Following a maelstrom of catastrophic defensive errors and some clinical finishing by the away side, the scoreboard somehow read 4-2 to Canford as the teams broke away into their half-time huddles.

A strongly worded team talk by Mitchell at half-time saw Broadmayne re-emerge with a renewed focus, and quickly pulled a goal back thanks to a thunderbolt strike from new recruit, Tom Arliss, that set the tone for a ding-dong second half.

A series of Broadmayne free-kicks around the Canford penalty box soon followed, dispatched with aplomb by the irresistible Arliss for his hat-trick. Canford were now forced to stage their own fightback, with the score now 5-4 to Broadmayne with just 15 minutes to go.

Yet it was another long-range rocket by Arliss that set up a blockbuster finish and although Canford made it 6-5, Broadmayne were marshalled by the reassuring experience of fan favourites Nick Bridle and new goalkeeper Darren White, holding out for a famous cup triumph.

Post-match, Broadmayne manager Harry Mitchell said: “A massive well done to the boys. We were clinical and dominated the midfield. Credit to Tom – he bangs goals (in).”

After a highly entertaining performance, have an exciting second-round home clash with Hamworthy Recreation Reserves on Saturday, November 11.

Broadmayne: White, Brake, Bridle, Fox, Brewer, Driver, Moynehan, Ravilov, Arliss, Turland, Acreman. Subs: Pipe, Symes, Dunham, D’Agostino

Man of the match: Tom Arliss