Author: Gian Bocchetti

An appointment with the destiny

By Dan Davis (@dan_davis20) and Giancarlo Bocchetti (@gianbocch23)

Today Bournemouth FC has the opportunity to make history and lift the Bournemouth Senior Cup again after 28 years.

The  9th of May of 1990 will always be remembered as the last date when, with goals Dan Saxby and Lee Bolson, the team defeated Hamworthy Engineering  (today known as Hamworthy Recreation), to win the last cup of this competition.

Michael Cuffie’s outfit will have the chance tonight to return to days of glory at Hurn Bridge, Christchurch facing Hythe and Dibden as their opponents.

The Wessex League One side have defied the odds to reach the final stage of the competition, brushing aside higher-league opposition in Brockenhurst, Christchurch and Hamworthy United. Terry Cox’s side have also seen off Poole Town Reserves on penalties during their successful campaign, and promise to pose a real test for free-scoring Poppies.

Bournemouth FC secured their spot in the final after scoring three goals in every round to progress. A second-round encounter with Hamworthy Recreation saw the Winton-based club fall behind after the visitors thundered home a spot-kick, before Poppies rallied to down their opponents. George Hatch opened his account for the season with his leveller, Sami Garcia then edged the home side into the lead with his maiden strike, before Tomo Muruyama crashed home off the crossbar to set up a meeting with local rivals Bashley.

The third-round clash at Bashley Road saw the holders knocked out, as Cuffie’s side prevailed with another show of clinical finishing. On 37 minutes, despite the visitors being firmly in the ascendency, Bashley took the lead after Cameron Beard stroked coolly beyond Sam Jones from close range. But the visitors were quick to hit back, as Steve Flynn rose highest to nod beyond Jason Collins before the interval. Shiv Roushbaiani and an own-goal from Poppies centre-half then traded strikes to level the tie once again, before Stepan Neronski lashed high into the net to secure the team progression.

Bournemouth FC then won their ticket to the final, after easing past Lymington Town in a Victoria Park semi-final. Recent signing River Smith, who has superbly led the line after the departure of Mickey Finch, netted on 20 minutes to open the scoring. Further strikes from Flynn, now dual-registered at Southern League South side Wimborne Town, and Ali Zintany secured the victory – despite a consolation from the visitors’ Pierce McNamara.

Tonight’s clash promises to be another high-scoring affair, something now typically associated with a marauding Poppies side who have found the back of the net nine times so far in the competition. Hythe and Dibden, meanwhile, have collected three impressive Wessex Premier scalps – whilst scoring 11 times in the process, excluding penalty- shootouts.

Boss Cuffie has a welcome selection dilemma for the final, with multiple talented attackers contesting to spearhead Poppies’ strike force at Hurn Bridge. Dominic Falco and Nassim Meddah made their first appearances in red and white in recent weeks, the latter bagging the winner upon his return from Bashley at the weekend.

Hythe and Dibden may also be faced with an electric River Smith, who has scored nine goals in six appearances for Poppies so far. The visitors have also found the back of the net with ease so far this campaign and will be looking to the likes of Sam Woodward, Wayne O’Dell and Filippos Terzidis to secure what could be the club’s first piece of silverware in their history.

With the first piece of silverware this season up for grabs, it promises to be an intriguing encounter at Hurn Bridge tonight. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

Poppies 9th Edition Podcast

Bournemouth FC brings you the ninth edition of our own made podcast, brought you by Ross Millen, student of Bournemouth University and member of Nerve Media and the Media Department for Bournemouth FC.

We have created this podcast with the idea to bring you the latest news for the supporters of both: Poppies and Cherries. Every week Ross will bring you the most recent news about the clubs,  interviews and so much more.

Listen now to the podcast that we have prepared for all of you.


Poppies 8th Edition Podcast


Bournemouth FC brings you the eighth edition of our own made podcast, brought you by Ross Millen, student of Bournemouth University and member of Nerve Media and the Media Department for Bournemouth FC.

We have created this podcast with the idea to bring you the latest news for the supporters of both: Poppies and Cherries. Every week Ross will bring you the most recent news about the clubs,  interviews and so much more.

Listen now to the podcast that we have prepared for all of you.


Poppies Podcast 7th Edition

Bournemouth FC brings you the seventh edition of our own made podcast, brought you by Ross Millen, student of Bournemouth University and member of Nerve Media and the Media Department for Bournemouth FC.

We have created this podcast with the idea to bring you the latest news for the supporters of both: Poppies and Cherries. Every week Ross will bring you the most recent news about the clubs,  interviews and so much more.

Listen now to the podcast that we have prepared for all of you.


High-flying Poppies prepared for Christchurch derby

Bournemouth Poppies have the opportunity to move into third as they take on local rivals Christchurch in tonight’s Wessex Premier derby.



Dan Davis. – The two sides meet at Victoria Park in contrasting form, with Poppies flying high in sixth place and Priory lying in 16th.

However, tonight’s visitors travel to Winton off the back of their most crucial victory this season.

Max Wilcock cropped up with the winner for Ollie Cherrett’s side, as they downed a resurgent AFC Portchester 2-1 at Hurn Bridge. Jack Satterley was also on target, as Priory recorded their third win of the new campaign.

The clash at Victoria Park promises to be a high-scoring affair, with both teams having no trouble finding the back of the net.

Poppies’ lethal strike partnership of Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch has seen the duo record 15 goals between them. Midfielders Ron Frost, Ali Zintany, Harry Cooper and Fawzi Saadi have also broke their ducks for the season.

Christchurch’s joint top scorers this season are Scott Joyce and Josh Kirkham, who have both notched three goals in Priory’s league clashes.

And despite their shaky start of the year, Priory have recorded two victories in their last three games – Wilcock’s heroics against Porchester were complimented by a Russell Cotes Cup penalty-shootout victory at Bemerton Heath Harlequins a week ago.

The previous meeting between Poppies and Christchurch came earlier this season, in an FA Vase clash at Victoria Park. A hat-trick from Mickey Finch was enough to down Priory, and send Poppies through into the competition’s first round proper, whilst James King slotted home a late consolation from the penalty spot.

Finch’s second goal was a snapshot of brilliance, a volley lashed into the top right corner after Frost’s floated cross into the penalty area – and the striker is once again in red-hot form to face Priory after tucking another goal past Andover New Street at the weekend.

Poppies emerged from Foxcotte Park 3-1 victors, despite a second-half scare against the division’s basement side.

Flynn had plundered his tenth league goal of the season to open the scoring on the stroke of half time, before captain Fawzi Saadi’s ambitious drive doubled the visitors’ lead. Finch robbed possession from home gloveman George Baxter on 82 minutes to slot into the unguarded net and fire Poppies into sixth.

Manager Michael Cuffie once again has the bulk of his squad to choose from tonight. Midfield talisman Frost may return to the starting line-up, after missing Saturday’s trip to Hampshire through suspension, whilst former Christchurch man Marcus Cullen is also available for selection against his old side.

Kick off at Victoria Park is 7:45pm.

Poppies continue on winning street after beating Andover

Saadi strikes as clinical Poppies brush aside Andover New Street

Bournemouth Poppies’ flying start to the Wessex Premier season continued with a 3-1 victory at basement side Andover New Street.

Prolific hitman Steve Flynn had fired Poppies into the lead on the stroke of half-time, before captain Saadi unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner on 57 minutes to place the Winton-based side firmly in control.

Claudio Herbert halved the deficit ten minutes later, but Mickey Finch wrapped up the points for the visitors late on after robbing Andover goalkeeper George Baxter of possession.

Rotation and new signing

Poppies manager Michael Cuffie made two changes from the side that emerged 3-2 victors at Bashley Road on Tuesday, with Charlie Langston and Stepan Neronski being restored to the starting line-up.

New signing Marcus Cullen, who put pen to paper for Poppies in a switch from local rivals Christchurch, was named among the substitutes for the first time. Chia Khedira also returned to the matchday squad after a lengthy absence.

The opening exchanges at a windswept Foxcotte Park fell in the visitors’ favour, with strike partnership Finch and Flynn proving to be a handful for Andover’s centre-halves.  A string of corners on 18 minutes resulted in Saadi whipping in a delivery, which was narrowly glanced off target by Chris Speers.

First warning

Pressure from the visitors continued to build around the Andover 18-yard box, but when Poppies did get the better of Baxter, they were denied by the linesman’s raised flag.

Finch hurtled towards the penalty area on 20 minutes, before curling an effort that appeared destined for the far corner. However, a defender’s timely intervention provided the onrushing Neronski with the chance to finish, but the winger’s tap-in was chalked off.

Andover posed a threat on the counter through the electric Herbert, and the striker dragged an opening wide of goal after driving towards the Poppies backline.

Luke Neller was the next player in green to chance his arm, but the midfielder’s strike from 25 yards failed to trouble visiting goalkeeper Sam Jones. The gloveman then rushed quickly off his line on the stroke of the half-hour mark to deny Zach Neve the chance to fire at goal.

A physical match

The affair took another twist moments later, after a robust challenge on Shiv Roushbaiani angered Poppies’ technical staff, but the referee kept his cards firmly pocketed.

The visitors continued to probe for an opener and should have broken the deadlock on 37 minutes. After a delivery was repelled from the Andover penalty area, Harry Cooper lofted a delicate pass towards the unmarked Finch, who stood poised to shoot at the far post. But as the striker looked to pull the trigger, a superb interception from an Andover defender snuffed out the opportunity.

Cooper then came close to beating Baxter at the end of a superb solo foray, but the midfielder blazed narrowly off target from 20 yards with Saadi and Flynn in support.

Deadlock gets broken

Defender Harvey Elsom then teed up Cooper once again after meandering through the Andover midfield, but Cooper was unable to make contact with the ball, allowing Baxter to collect.

In first-half stoppage time, Poppies came agonisingly close to scoring once again. An incisive pass through the heart of the Andover defence picked out Neronski, who deftly evaded the approaching Baxter. But from a tight angle, the winger’s strike was smothered by a defender’s heroics at the near upright.

Just when it seemed Poppies’ frustrations would be compounded by the half-time whistle, the visitors edged into the lead.

Finch collected possession on the left-hand side of the penalty area, and spotted his strike partner unmarked across goal. The striker’s lofted pass was unerring, and Flynn duly tapped home past the static Baxter to record his 21st goal of the season. After the interval, it was the visitors who once again emerged the stronger side.

Tables are turned

Flynn inadvertently side-footed wide of the target on 47 minutes, although the striker’s blushes were spared by the offside flag. Saadi then floated a cross into a congested Andover box, before Finch’s strike deflected into the air and was collected with ease by Baxter.

The Poppies skipper would soon turn from provider to goalscorer, as the visitors doubled their lead. On 57 minutes, Saadi spearheaded a quick Poppies counter, bringing the charge into the Andover third before laying off to Flynn with a clever no-look pass. The striker then found Saadi once again, and the visiting captain duly rocketed a drive beyond Baxter and into the top left corner.

A nasty altercation between Flynn and Zac Hine saw both players brandished yellow cards, as the home side battled to regain a foothold in proceedings.

A clinical side

The deficit was then halved on 65 minutes, as Herbert’s swerving strike deceived the sprawling Jones before flashing into the far corner.

Pressure continued to build on Poppies’ backline in the latter stages of the clash. Shane Locke’s defence-splintering burst into the penalty area seemed destined to hand Andover a leveller, but Jones plunged to his right and palmed the effort out of danger.

Substitute Kylen Lewis then hoisted a delivery towards the penalty spot, where Neve was unable to test Jones with a glancing header.

But with eight minutes left to play, Poppies sealed their victory through Finch’s tireless running. Home gloveman Baxter’s heavy touch inside the penalty area allowed the visitors’ rapid striker to steal the ball and slot into the unguarded net – rounding off another successful away day for the Bournemouth side.

There was still time for ex-Christchurch midfielder Marcus Cullen to make his Poppies debut, and the versatile man almost marked the occasions with a goal, firing over the crossbar in the game’s final opening.


POPPIES: Jones, Aldahayan, Speers, Elsom, Langston (Ohameje), Neronski (Cullen), Cooper, Saadi, Roushbaiani (Zintany), Finch, Flynn


Unused substitutes: Khedira, Head


Written by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)


Poppies hit Bashley again to reach the BSC semifinals

Neronski nets stunner as Poppies edge past Bashley

A frantic meeting at Bashley Road saw two first-half goals, ensuring both teams entered the interval on level terms. Cameron Beard swooped from close range for the hosts on 38 minutes, before a towering Steve Flynn header hauled Poppies back into the quarter-final clash.

Shiv Roushbaiani then tucked the visitors into a deserved lead eleven minutes after the break, but late drama saw Bashley equalise on 76 minutes following a goalmouth scramble. However, the high-flying visitors would not be denied a spot in the final four of the competition, as substitute Stepan Neronski’s drive a minute later flashed into the top corner to seal the victory.

From the beginning
Poppies manager Michael Cuffie opted to make four changes to his side following the Winton-based outfit’s heavy victory against Tadley Calleva at the weekend. Rob Head, Chris Speers, Harry Cooper and Roushbaiani were all restored to the starting line-up, with Charlie Langston, Manny Ohameje, Ali Zintany and Neronski all being named among the substitutes.

The hosts once again started the clash without top scorer Dan Munday, who started on the bench despite his winner from the penalty spot in Bashley’s last outing.

First blow

An end-to-end start to the game saw both sides carve out clear openings. On two minutes, Nathan Drake was the first to attempt a delivery into Poppies’ penalty area, but the attacker miscued and Sam Jones’ goal remained untroubled.

Liam Ferrugia then lined up an effort moments later, but a deflected strike fell kindly into Jones’ arms.

The visitors looked to immediately respond on four minutes – a wicked cross into the box drifted towards Roushbaiani, who could only nod narrowly wide of the near post with home gloveman Jason Collins beaten.

An open battle between two sides
It was Collins’ heroics that would soon ensure Bashley’s parity remained on nine minutes, however. Poppies striker Mickey Finch collected possession 25 yards out, and flashed a powerful effort that appeared destined to nestle in the far corner. But the shot stopper’s intervention was superb, a full stretch plunge and a strong palm to clip the strike onto the woodwork and away.

Finch looked to seek revenge soon after, but the visitors’ forward was once again denied by Collins. Another attempt, this time from ten yards further out, troubled the goalkeeper, who parried round the woodwork for a corner. From the resultant delivery, a last-ditch interception from a Bashley defender prevented Speers from nodding toward goal.

After a breathless opening period, the affair settled into a scrappy midfield battle. A rare chance for either side fell the way of Ferrugia, whose set-piece 25 yards from goal bent narrowly wide of Jones’ far post.

Missed opportunities
The midfielder’s attempt seemed to spark the cup tie into renewed life – fashioning two golden opportunities for both outfits. On 31 minutes, a well-worked foray forward from the home side saw the ball drop in front of Nathan Clements 12 yards from goal, but the young striker’s contact with the delivery was poor and allowed Jones to race off his line and collect.

The visitors then came even closer to breaking the deadlock just a minute later. A ball drilled across the face of goal dropped towards the unmarked Finch, but the striker couldn’t divert the delivery beyond Collins on the slide.

Flynn and Saadi were the next Poppies attackers to chance their arm, but neither were able to convert beyond the spirited Bashley gloveman.

The duo of misses were soon punished by the home side, who opened the scoring after slack defending from the visitors. On 38 minutes, Bashley pieced together a flowing move around the edge of the penalty area, and an eventual pass slid towards goal evaded both Harvey Elsom and Speers, allowing Beard to tuck home at the far post beyond the helpless Jones.

A comeback

Having fallen behind against the run of play, Poppies rekindled their threat in front of goal and would soon ensure they entered the break level. Ex-New Milton talisman Flynn shrugged off the attention of his marker on 41 minutes, before rising highest to steer a cross beyond Collins and into the far corner.

Clements almost restored Bashley’s lead on the stroke of the interval, but blazed over the target in the first half’s final chance.

Poppies searched for a positive start following the resumption, but Speers’ rash foul in the centre of the park presented Dan Thompson with an opportunity to test Jones. However, from 30 yards the midfielder could only direct his strike comfortably over the crossbar.

The visitors’ bright start was duly rewarded on 56 minutes, as Poppies moved into the lead for the first time. A clever passage of play between Head and Finch saw the latter drive the ball from the byline towards the penalty spot, where Roushbaiani was on hand to finish emphatically beyond Collins.

Hero of the night
Ron Frost, captaining Poppies once again, was soon replaced by Neronski, whilst prolific hitman Munday was introduced by Bashley manager Paul Morris.

Finch and Flynn’s goal-laden partnership almost paid dividends once again on the hour mark, but the former could only fire over the target on the stretch after Flynn’s clipped ball over the home side’s backline.

Youngster Harrison White was soon introduced into the fray by boss Morris and the attacker almost started off his outing with a goal, but White blazed over the crossbar after full back Jack Smith’s wicked set-piece.

Marauding defender Aziz Aldahayan was the next player to unleash a strike at the Bashley goal, but the sliced effort curled harmlessly into Collins’ side netting at the near post.

Bashley’s evident threat on the counter soon resulted in a bizarre leveller. A goalmouth scramble involving a home side’s attacker and Speers ended with the ball spinning past the wrong-footed Jones, undoing the visitors’ hard work throughout the second period.

But with the tie threatening to head to the lottery of a penalty shootout, Neronski’s sublime intervention wrapped up another Poppies triumph in Hampshire.

Third in a row
With Bashley still reeling from their equaliser, the visitors thundered towards the home side’s penalty area where Neronski was teed up 25 yards out. The midfielder’s unerring strike flashed beyond the unmoving Collins and into the top corner, sparking wild scenes in the Poppies technical area.

Jones’ breathtaking late stop from White’s bending strike secured Poppies’ victory, and the Bournemouth-based outfit’s spot in the final four of the competition.

POPPIES: Jones, Head, Speers, Elsom, Aldahayan, Cooper, Frost (Neronski), Roushbaiani (Zintany), Saadi (Gelschleichter), Finch, Flynn

Unused substitutes: Langston, Ohameje


by Dan Davis @Dan_Davis20

Bournemouth lock horns with Bashley in the Bournemouth Senior Cup quarter-finals.

Poppies look ahead to Senior Cup clash with new-found ‘rivals’ Bashley

The two sides, flying high in the Wessex Premier Division, meet at Bashley Road with a place in the semi-finals of another domestic competition at stake.

In an already action-packed campaign, it is Poppies who have overcome their opponents during the two meetings since the start of the season.

An August FA Cup extra-preliminary clash saw the visitors’ battling showing result in a 2-0 victory. Early goals from strike partners Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch, both unmarked headers from close range, rounded off a successful away day for Poppies – who would later exit the competition at the hands of Winchester City.

Bashley were once again the hosts in a Hampshire Senior Cup match-up, where Poppies once again departed Hampshire with a spot secured in the next round.

Flynn once again broke the home side’s resistance seven minutes before half-time, another towering header that flew beyond goalkeeper Kieran Burgess. Ron Frost then saw a fine spot-kick well denied by Burgess, before the home side hit back with a quickfire double.

Harry Morgan and Dan Munday fired the home side back in front, visibly deflating Michael Cuffie’s visitors. But deep into additional time, a long punt downfield from Sam Jones fell kindly to Finch, who prodded into the far corner to rescue a last-gasp penalty shootout for Poppies to decide who would progress.

Eight perfect penalties were then coolly converted before Jones denied Bashley’s decider, sending Poppies into the next round.

Teams news for the Winton-based outfit is promising – Flynn and Finch will return to Hampshire in scintillating form, with Poppies notably more incisive with the two strikers back from suspension and tearing sides apart.

Manager Michael Cuffie will also have welcome selection dilemmas in defence and midfield, with a squad bustling with players wanting to perform. Tom Wensley, Joseph Huston-Mendy and Mihail Visititu, who all made their debuts in the mid-week defeat against Horndean, may all be in contention.

Bashley welcome back fully-fit hitman Munday, who has found the back of the net on ten different occasions this campaign. The striker was introduced off the bench in the Bash’s clash this weekend, and he duly tucked home the winner from the penalty spot to wrap up a tightly-fought encounter with Shaftesbury.

Tomorrow’s meeting promises to be an end-to-end affair, as two prolific outfits meet at Bashley Road. The two clubs were scheduled to do battle at the start of the month, but the visit was postponed after an injury crisis crippled Paul Morris’ squad.

With both sides’ strong start to domestic action in the Wessex Premier, both Poppies and Bashley will harbour ambitions of lifting silverware this campaign.

Kick off at Bashley Road is 7:45pm.

✍  Dan Davis @dan_davis20 /   📷  Giancarlo Bocchetti @gianbocch23

Ohameje: “We can keep going far”

Star man Ohameje pleased with Poppies ‘family’ ahead of Bashley clash


Poppies’ ever-versatile performer Manny Ohameje has admitted his happiness at Victoria Park this season, and also stressed the importance of dedication.

The Winton-based side is gearing up for a Bournemouth Senior Cup tie at Bashley Road Tuesday evening, with both sides harbouring ambitions of lifting silverware after strong starts to the new campaign.

Ohameje will be in contention to line up against Bashley and explained his willingness to play anywhere on the field: It’s just helping out the team, I don’t mind. Sometimes we have players that are away, that are injured or have suspensions. I don’t mind where they play me, I’m just happy to get the game and do my best for the team.

The Victoria Park fan favourite also spoke about his commitment at Poppies: “I think in football you’ve got to be quite dedicated, and just focus on your game and do what you have to do to get the win.  You’ve got to do your bit for the team. I think it’s important to show good dedication and show that the team is where you want to be. It’s like a family, I’m happy at Poppies“, said Ohameje.

A humble player that speaks on the pitch

Despite the player’s countless evident strengths, the humble outfielder admitted his belief that strength is his biggest asset to a high-flying Poppies outfit:  I see myself as quite a strong lad, I like to use my strength in quite a lot of situations and make sure I get a tackle in. I make sure I’m first to the ball and win my headers. It’s part of my game, to keep being strong and I think that’s the main aspect of my game.

Poppies face up against new-found rivals Bashley tomorrow evening, with the two sides having played, or been scheduled to play, against each other on multiple occasions already this season.

Ohameje, Speers, Langston former Bashley players

After FA Cup extra-preliminary and Hampshire Senior Cup victories at Bashley Road, Ohameje explained that Poppies are expecting a strong response: I think it will probably be a tough game because we’ve beaten them already a couple of times this season so they’ll want to come back hard against us. But I think if we play the way we’ve been playing we should get the result because we’re a strong team. We’ve got strength in depth as well, and players that can come in and do the job. It’s very important, and I don’t feel that Bashley have that. If you ask me, I think we’ve got a bit of an advantage.”

With a goal to his name, a crucial leveller against Gosport Borough in the FA Vase, and teammates Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch running rampant in front of goal, Ohameje is positive about Poppies’ chances of success:We can keep going far, definitely. We’ve got a good team here, a good squad and a good set up, so I think we should be looking to go quite far.


✍  by Dan Davis @dan_davis20 /  🎤 & 📷  Giancarlo Bocchetti @gianbocch23

Poppies checkmate to leave Calleva in ruins

Bournemouth FC aims high on the Wessex Premier League after beating Tadley Calleva 4-1.


Pictures: Giancarlo Bocchetti @gianbocch23

Lucy Daniels.  The Poppies hosted Tadley Calleva in the Wessex Premier Division and having lost mid-week were looking to regain momentum in the squad. It was an exciting game with loads of chances with a few close calls and an excellent hat-trick served by Steve Flynn.


The visitors kicked off the match and started well with an early chance for Sam Hamilton who had shot at goal but the ball flew over the crossbar. 

There were only six minutes on the clock and already the Poppies managed to take the lead with Fawzi Saadi whipping in a corner and setting it up for captain, Ron Frost, to head it in at the back post.


A second corner of the game was awarded for Poppies just 10 minutes in and again was taken by Fawzi and this time it was headed into the bottom right corner by Steve Flynn which doubled the advantage very early on.

Another corner was given to the hosts and Fawzi whipped it in, allowing Ron Frost to tap it in but this time it was disallowed for being offside. The hosts were looking like big aerial threats today.

Charlie Langston tried his luck at goal from 30 yards out but unfortunately, it goes over the crossbar, the score still frozen at 2-0. A yellow card was given to Manny Ohemje after he caught the attackers legs, taking him out to the ground. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.

During the 24th minute, another corner was taken by Poppies, however this time it resulted in a scrap on the line and several players started celebrating as they were adamant it crossed the line, however, neither the Referee or Linesman awarded it and play went on.

The visitors were trying to get back into the game and Scott King attempted a diving header which went just wide of the left post.  As the half drew towards a close both Fawzi Saadi and Aaron Parfitt who were distributed yellow cards, the latter being for a studs-up challenge which gave the hosts a late free-kick.


The free-kick was whipped into the box by Fawzi and it was nodded into the bottom left corner of the net but again ruled out for being offside. Half-time shortly followed and the Poppies looked the far more dominant side and were unlikely not to be further in the lead after two disallowed goals and a scramble on the line.


The second half saw a substitution for the Poppies with Manny Ohemje coming off and being replaced by Chris Speers.


It was only two minutes into the second half when Steve Flynn found himself on the scoresheet again. Assisted by a Mickey Finch cross, he smashes a header in making the score 3-0.

Ron Frost tried to intercept the ball but takes out one of the Tadley players, rewarding himself with yet another yellow card for the team. Scott Kinge attempted a tricky bicycle kick from only a few yards out, but  he didn’t quite reach it in time despite the open net.


Sean O’Brien managed two quick saves to deny Mickey Finch as he tries to add his name to the scoresheet alongside striking partner Steve Flynn.Tadley Calleva made their first substitute of the match, taking off player Adam Alliston and bringing on Kai Parton-Edey for his clubs debut.


Another yellow card is distributed during the match to George Cameron due to harsh tackle. As a result of the break in play a scrap broke out due to the goalkeeper, Sean O’Brien taking out Steve Flynn as he tried to dribble around him just seconds before for his hat-trick but no penalty was awarded.

A double substitution was made in the 70th minute of the game to bring Stepan Neronski and Ali Zintany off and bringing on Shin Roushbianai and Harry Cooper.


Only minutes later Tadley Calleva managed to grab a consolation goal after Chris Speers miscontrolled the ball as the last defender leaving substitute Kai Parton-Edey through to score a goal on his debut.


As we hit the last ten minutes the tension picked up in the game after the visitors got one in the net. Meanwhile Steve Flynn was still looking for his hat-trick and heads a cross towards the goal but misses as it sores over the cross bar.

Steve Flynn looked to have a golden one-on-one opportunity with the keeper but was ruled offside at the half-way line. He received a yellow card after attempting the chip on the keeper and essentially kicking the ball away.


The game was deep into stoppage time but the game wasn’t over as Steve Flynn managed to beat the offside trap this time and present himself with a one on one with the keeper, where he chipped the keeper, who was off his line, from 30 yards out to complete his deserved hat-trick.

After the restart, there was barely a chance to play as the referee put the whistle to his mouth and blew the full-time whistle.

Bournemouth Poppies came out as convincing 4-1 victors over higher opposition in the league which proves that they are a side not to be taken easily.

The victory takes them up into 8th place in the table on 15 points after eight games and now above today opponents, Tadley Calleva.