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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.


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Finch: “This one goes for you Ben Scott”

The striker dedicated his hat-trick against Portland to the memory of Ben Scott

Giancarlo Bocchetti. – Humble, charismatic and shy. Three words that can define Mickey Finch personality who normally runs away from the microphones as he keeps demonstrating all of his value and talent on the pitch.

This season Poppies have taken advantage of his explosive change of pace, breathtaking dribbling and unerring eye for goal, he poses a continual threat to opposing teams.

Outside the pitch, Finch keeps demonstrating that talent and quality.  The striker dedicated a post on his social media highlighting “This one was for you… Ben Scott 🙏❤️⚽️

When approached about the post, Mickey said: “I met and knew him for a few months.  Ben was a nice down to earth guy and used to have a good laugh with him.

Back to the hat-trick he scored against Portland on Poppies victory  2-6, he confirmed: “It was for him. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

A long season full of challenges lies ahead for Finch and the rest of the team. When asked if the return of Flynn, from suspension, has boosted his game he explained:  “No!  He keeps telling me off the whole gameI want to score more than him,” laughed.

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Portland seeks ‘Payback’

Brendon King’s men will seek a little bit of ‘payback’ according to an interview given to the official channel of Portland FC

Giancarlo Bocchetti.   Opposition boss Brendon King, showed his respect in a short interview given to the official website of Portland, considering Bournemouth FC a strong side with good signings.  “They’ve got some good players. They’ve recruited quite well in the summer and got some decent players in.

During the interview, King recognises: “We’re aware of what they bring to the table and they’re a side that carry on going and work really hard for each other. It should be a good game.

However, he also warned that his side are in a better position now compared to the 2-1 defeat in August.  “It’s going to be a tough game, they beat us earlier in the season.  We are now in a better place than we were back then and we are looking for a bit of payback”.

Read the full  interview  here:


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Cabeleira “We will go back to winning ways”

Assistant Manager Leonardo Cabeleira is confident that the side be back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season to AFC Portchester on the weekend.



Ross Millen. – The Poppies have enjoyed a very good start to the season but unfortunately lost to an 87th minute winning goal at Victoria Park on the weekend, but Leonardo Cabeleira won’t let it affect their season. The unbeaten run came to an end and obviously we’re all disappointed however the season is long and we are conscious that we played really well all game. An individual mistake cost us the game so I think we can’t let the defeat affect our excellent start to the season.”

In the build-up to the decisive goal there was a controversial free-kick given despite the player getting the ball and it then resulted in the set-piece being turned in. The foul wasn’t very clear from my point of view on the bench but the referee said our player tackled with both feet and very high. If the referee took that decision we just have to get on with it. In terms of the goal, I think our players lost concentration but I believe that’s the way we have to learn sometimes.”

Suffering a defeat can always affect a teams mentalities but the coaching stage are determined not to change anything. We’re motivating the players to keep working the same way like the previous games. We know where to correct the mistakes so I’m sure we will go back to winning ways next weekend.

AFC Portchester look like one of the stronger teams in the division and after dropping points against them it can be seen as an uphill battle for promotion. The season is long so our chances to keep for fighting for the top spot are still there. Lets keeping working on and off the pitch and I’m sure things will happen.


Bournemouth FC are next back in against on Saturday against Portland United. The game will kick off at 3pm at their ground, Weyline Stadium.

Cuffie “This is how far we’ve come”

Poppies manager Michael Cuffie reflected on the progress of his side after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Gosport Borough.

Despite trailing to the Southern Premier side until the final three minutes, Poppies capped off another Hampshire Senior Cup comeback to triumph emphatically on spot-kicks.

The second-round clash looked set to end in the visitors’ favour, before a last-gasp Poppies equaliser sparked scenes of jubilation at Victoria Park. Fawzi Saadi then smashed home the decisive penalty to send the Winton-based outfit into the third round.

Cuffie admitted that he was confident about his side’s chances heading into the clash: “What a game. What a result. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty confident before the game. I was also confident during the game, we played some really nice stuff.”

The manager also emphasised the improvement among his ranks, as Poppies ensured another late victory to surge forward in another cup competition. But this is how far we’ve come. Two leagues above, and they were hanging on at 2-1. We scored in the last three minutes to take it to penalties – job done!

It’s nice. All our hard work, all the work behind the scenes, everything we’re putting together, it’s all working very well. It’s about enjoying it when you win.” also said with enthusiasm.

Gosport twice edged into the lead during a relentless showing at a windy Victoria Park. On 15 minutes, a corner whipped into the Poppies’ penalty area was headed beyond Sam Jones.

Manny Ohameje then cropped up at the far post to prod home the leveller, before the visitors retook the lead after Jones’ superb parry was slotted into the empty net from close range.

Cuffie revealed what he said to his players during the interval: We were 2-1 down, and I told them at half-time how pleased I was. They were sitting with their heads down because they don’t have the losing mentality.

We’re not used to losing, and that’s what keeps them going. Fair play to them, they got what they deserved because they deserved to win the game.” admitted Cuffie. 

Déjà vu

A tightly-contested second half saw Poppies squander several fine openings, with  Fawzi Saadi, Mickey Finch and Ali Zintany all forcing the Gosport goalkeeper into a string of fine saves But on the stroke of 90 minutes, chaos in the visiting penalty area ensued and a red and white shirt was on hand to smash home and send the tie to penalties.

Similar to the first-round drama at Bashley, a last-gasp goal was capped off with five unerring spot kicks. A plunging stop from Jones down to his left sealed Poppies’ spot in the next round.

After his heroics, including a breath-taking stop as Gosport searched for a winner in additional time, goalkeeper Jones admitted he was ‘ecstatic’.

I’m feeling great. I had a feeling he was going to place his penalty, and as soon as it came off his foot I knew I’d save it. It feels brilliant to be in the next round.

Poppies coach Sullivan aiming for victory ahead of Gosport Hampshire Cup showdown

Coach Ben Sullivan is feeling optimistic as Bournemouth Poppies prepare to host Gosport Borough in the Hampshire Senior Cup tomorrow evening.
The second-round tie sees higher-league opposition in The Boro’ travel to the south coast to take on a resurgent Poppies side, with the Winton-based outfit only suffering defeat once this season.
When asked about the clash, Sullivan was bullish about his side’s chances:
“We’ll be approaching this game like any other, which is to go out and win. We’re currently on a good run of form and long may that continue.
“Looking at their past results, they’re also on a good run of form and obviously are two divisions above us. They’re a very strong side.
“We’re eagerly awaiting this fixture, we want to see how we can compare ourselves with some tough opposition.”
Poppies’ goalkeeping coach also spoke of the club’s busy summer, with a flurry of new signings being introduced alongside some seasoned Victoria Park veterans.
“The bonds that have been created in the team are fantastic,” Sullivan explained.
“From day one since I came in, we’ve had a high turnover of players from last season but the squad, both old and new, have bonded so well.
“That goes for management staff as well. We’ve all bought into the philosophy that we’re one team and together we’re stronger.”
Ben Sullivan – Poppies’
Goalkeeping Coach
The club’s last encounter with higher-league opposition ended in last-gasp heartbreak for Poppies, as Winchester City hammered home a late rebound to edge to a one-nil victory.
Sullivan claimed that it was vital to send supporters home happy this time around against The Boro:
“It would be a great night under the lights for our supporters to go home happy after seeing us put on a decent performance. Most importantly though, I think it’s recognition in the media to see where we currently are right now, that we’re enjoying our football but we’re serious about competing.”
Manager Michael Cuffie’s side are in the midst of a resurgent run of form at home, and Sullivan stressed the importance of making Victoria Park ‘a fortress’:
“Our home form has been strong this season. We want it to become a place where teams find it difficult to come and play. If we are to seriously compete, you’ve got to win your home games and whatever you pick up away from home is a bonus.”
Gosport travel to Bournemouth tomorrow off the back of two successive victories and clean sheets, with Craig McAllister’s outfit sitting in eighth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South.
Kick off at Victoria Park is 7:45pm.
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