Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)
Bournemouth Poppies were on the end of a thrashing, as AFC Portchester easily won 6-1.
In a fairly close first half the Royals took a 2-0 lead, through a Nathan Paxton strike and a Steve Ramsey penalty.
Portchester then extended their lead early in the second half after a Mike Turvey strike, before Karol Rog reduced the deficit shortly after.
However, any chance of a comeback was quickly extinguished as Portchy added a further three goals to their tally, with Ramsey, Turvey and Paxton completing their braces.
Manager Leonardo Cabeleira made just one change from Bournemouth’s 1-0 home defeat to AFC Stoneham last week, as Edgar Zanin replaced Rafael Santos.
AFC Portchester had the first meaningful chance of the game, as a cross was headed back to Paxton, but his close range header was saved by James Mayo in the Bournemouth goal.
Poppies then went close to scoring themselves as a decent piece of passing play set Karol Rog up to shoot in the penalty area, but he blasted his effort over.
In the 16th minute Bournemouth had their best chance of the half, as a cross from Lewis Coulson hit a defender before ricocheting off the post and out for a corner.
The Royals then punished Bournemouth for their lack of efforts on goal by taking the lead.
A defence-splitting pass left Paxton completely through on goal. He then rounded Mayo to slot in.
Paxton then somehow didn’t double his tally a few minutes later, as he skied over from a few yards after a low cross found him.
However, the midfielder then won a penalty in the 39th minute, which Ramsey duly dispatched.
The Poppies had a lot to do in the second half, and didn’t make their task any easier by conceding a third in the 49th minute.
A flicked pass set Turvey through on goal, and he had plenty of time to pick his spot past Mayo.
Just ten minutes later though and Bournemouth had a glimmer of hope. Rog found shooting space on the left-hand side, and curled the ball around Portchester goalkeeper Snelling at his near post.
However, Ramsey placed an effort beyond Mayo a few moments later to end any chance of Bournemouth getting a point.
Bournemouth tried to add to their tally with Jake Harvey shooting wide and Rog firing straight at Portchester goalkeeper Snelling, but it was to no avail.
The attacking play from the Poppies kept breaking down at vital moments, with many key passes going astray.
The Royals concluded their scoring with a Turvey strike that Mayo got a hand to but couldn’t prevent going in, and a Paxton strike across goal.
In the end it was a disappointing display, and one that will need to be rectified next week at home to Hamble Club.