Category: The Match

It was a determined display despite defeat to Alresford

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Bournemouth went down 4-2 at home to Alresford Town, despite a hard-working performance against the league leaders.

Poppies took the lead after Howard Nhemachena slammed home from six yards, before Mike Gosney restored parity just two minutes later.

The Magpies then took the lead when Duarte Martens slotted in, but Lawrence Healey’s deflected effort brought it back to 2-2.

Luke Dempsey’s header made it 3-2 just before half-time, and Craig Harding then added gloss to the scoreline after sweeping home five minutes from time.

Manager Leonardo Cabeleira made a raft of changes from Tuesday night’s defeat at Shaftesbury.

Liam Harris, Rafael Santos, Patrick Wilson, Jamie Trimble, Edgar Zanin and Jake Harvey were brought into the Starting XI, replacing James Mayo, Dan Hill, Claudio Carvalho, Nathan Wildish, Jack Voisey and Lewis Coulson.

The match was seen as a huge challenge considering Alresford’s position in the league, but it was Poppies who struck the first blow.

After Karol Rog had won a free-kick, Lewis Harvey’s shot was spilled by goalkeeper Joroi Valero. Nhemachena was first to it and slammed home from about six yards.

This snapped Alresford into action, and they equalised just two minutes later. Mike Gosney’s curled effort found the bottom corner.

A period of play then began which saw no clear-cut chances created. Alresford sent plenty of crosses and corners into the Bournemouth penalty area, but the defence always dealt with them.

The Magpies then eventually took the lead on 31 minutes as Gosney’s strike from range was saved by Harris, but Duarte Martens was there to slot in the rebound.

However, it was then the turn of the Magpies to lose their lead as Poppies equalised almost instantly.

Lawrence Healey allowed the ball to roll across him, and his shot took a big deflection past Valero.

Harris was then called into action again to stop Martens’ 25 yard effort, and the midfielder went close again soon after, narrowly shooting over after being found by an over the top through ball.

Bournemouth then should have arguably taken the lead, as Healey set Karol Rog through on goal, but Valero came out to make a huge save.

This was to cost the Poppies as Alresford took the lead once again just before half-time. Luke Dempsey headed home from a cross.

Alresford then could have had a two-goal advantage moments later, but Harris denied Martens as he ran through on goal, before Gosney’s follow-up effort was blocked.

Despite that setback Bournemouth were still encouraged by how they had kept pace with Alresford and had overall defended well.

This determination to match the league leaders was demonstrated by a nice piece of passing play that set up a shooting opportunity for Rog, but he was quickly closed down.

Healey then undoubtedly should have brought Poppies on level terms, as he took on a pass and drove past a defender, but his touch was too heavy and Valero beat him to the ball.

Alresford were playing the more controlled football at this point, but were not causing Harris or the defence too much trouble.

It was only in the 80th minute that another meaningful chance was fashioned as Harris got down to deny Martens.

However, the Magpies struck the final blow just a minute later.

Martens’ shot was parried by Harris, but only into the path of Craig Harding, who swept in easily.

The remaining ten minutes or so concluded without any major developments.

Bournemouth’s winless run continued, but this was a far more disciplined and determined performance than the last few games, and gives encouragement for the future.

Poppies Starting XI: Harris, Carkeet, Wilson, Santos, L.Harvey, Trimble, Zanin (Wildish), Nhemachena, Rog (Coulson), Healey (Voisey), J.Harvey

Bournemouth to face huge task against Alresford Town

Tyrone Carkeet clearing a ball against Hamble FC. Photo: Giancarlo Bocchetti

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Bournemouth are looking to bounce back from their 3-1 away defeat to Shaftesbury as they take on Alresford Town this saturday.

However, this will prove to be a very difficult task, as Alresford currently top the Sydenhams Wessex Premeir Division with seven wins and a defeat from eight games. In comparison, Bournemouth sits third from bottom in 18th after playing nine.

Last season, both sides managed away victories over each other, with the Magpies coming out on top first with a 2-1 win. The Poppies then overcame them 3-2 in March 2019, with two goals from Dominic Falco and a Tom Wensley effort securing the three points.

Alresford’s recent form has unsurprisingly been great, with only a 2-0 home loss to Horndean putting a blot on their league campaign. They haven’t been afraid to score goals, achieving 5-0 and 3-1 victories over Hamworthy Utd and Tadley Calleva respectively.

In comparison, Bournemouth can’t compare with a draw and four defeats in their last five league matches. They are also the lowest scorers in the league, after only managing five in nine matches. This may be difficult to remedy against a side who have only conceded six so far.

For team news, Kevin Foreman, Jake Harvey, Patrick Wilson and Jamie Trimble are back in the squad after missing the mid-week game against Shaftesbury.

Dan Hill is not available after injuring his ankle on Tuesday.

Bournemouth FC vs Alresford Town will take place at Victoria Park on Saturday 5th October at 3pm.

Players on a football pitch

Poppies fall to fourth straight defeat at Shaftesbury

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Bournemouth fell to a fourth straight defeat in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division after Shaftesbury beat them 3-1 at Cockrams.

The Rockies took the lead in the first half through Benjamin Mali, only for Tyrone Carkeet’s incredible long-range free-kick to sail over everyone’s heads to equalize.

However, a header from Steve Walker and a cracker of a shot from Jack Mitchell saw the points going Shaftesbury’s way.

Bournemouth players in a huddle.

This was an important match for both sides, with Shaftesbury sitting just one place ahead of Bournemouth in 16th before the game started.

The Poppies had the first meaningful chance of the half, as Karol Rog connected to Carkeet’s lovely cross, but was denied by the feet of Ben Rolleston in the Shaftesbury goal.

However, Shaftesbury grew into the game, and James Mayo did well to parry Ben Wood’s fierce effort away.

Rog then cut inside and forced Rolleston into a diving save with his curled effort.

Shaftesbury platers warming up.

Bournemouth then should have arguably taken the lead about a minute later, as a cross was spilled by Rolleston into the path of Lewis Coulson, who could only scoop over.

The Rockies then made the Poppies pay as Mali shot through Mayo on the counter.

Bournemouth then went close to equalising as a corner hit a crowd of players only to pass agonisingly wide of the post.

Mayo then got a big hand to deny Luke Winsper’s strike before Bournemouth equalised in somewhat bizarre circumstances.

Carkeet had a free-kick just inside the Shaftesbury half. With Rolleston a fair distance from his goal, he thumped it in from around 40 yards, with the ball sailing over everybody’s heads.

The captain then kept the scores level a couple of minutes later, as he cleared a goalbound header off the line.

Mali then hit the post, and Bournemouth were certainly riding their luck as the half ended.

Their luck ran out just four minutes after the restart, as lax marking from a throw-in allowed defender Steve Walker to header past Mayo.

Players from both sides then tried efforts from distance with no success, with Lewis Harvey and Carkeet having attempts for Poppies, while Wood and Chia Khider also made a go of it.

Poppies then had their best chance to equalise as a cross from substitute Edgar Zanin was flicked onto Harvey, whose diving header was superbly saved by Rolleston.

In truth, Bournemouth had been creatively deficient in the second half, with plenty of astray passes and numerous crosses being unable to break down the Shaftesbury defence.

Their task of getting back on level terms was then ended in the last ten minutes as a cracker of a shot from Mitchell flew in past Mayo.

Aside from a couple of strikes blasted over by Healey and Carkeet that was the last of the action.

Their task of improving next week will be a hugely difficult one as they face league leaders Alresford Town.

Bournemouth Starting XI: Mayo, Carkeet (C), Hill (Zanin 66′), Carvalho, L.Harvey, Nhemachena, Rog, Wildish, Coulson, Voisey, Healey.

Unused Subs: Harris, Foreman, Heustice

Poppies aim for victory against Hamble Club

Bournemouth are aiming to get their second league victory of the season as they host Hamble Club this Saturday.

✍️ Carlo Simone / 📷 Giancarlo Bocchetti | –  After a disappointing 6-1 away defeat to AFC Portchester, the Poppies are seeking to end their four match winless run in the league.

Hamble currently sit in 12th position in the league, just above Bournemouth in 14th, having played two fewer games.

When the sides met last season, they drew 1-1 at Bournemouth in September 2018, whilst the Monks came out on top in their home game by winning 3-2.

The squad have already played high intensity games against Hamble

With regards to recent form, the Poppies have two draws and three defeats in their last five games, with one of those draws leading to a loss on penalties against Newport IoW FC in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Shivan Roushbaiani (left) and Harry Cooper (right) players of the 2018/2019 team

Meanwhile, Hamble have only played two league games in their last five, beating Baffins Milton Rovers 3-2 and Shaftesbury Town 2-0. In cup competitions they progressed in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup by beating Pewsey Vale 1-0, but lost to Bradford Town 1-0 in the FA Vase.

For team news, Howard Nhechema is back in the squad after returning from holiday.

Manager Leo Cabeleira has also added Liam Harris to the team as a second-choice goalkeeper.

Bournemouth FC vs Hamble Club will take place at Victoria Park on 28th September 2019 at 3pm.

Bournemouth hit for six by AFC Portchester

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.

All sails set on Portchester direction

✍️ Carlo Simone / 📷 Giancarlo Bocchetti | – Bournemouth’s next encounter in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division is an away match against AFC Portchester. The Royals currently sit at 11th place in the league having played four games, whilst the Poppies are just below in 14th after playing six.

When these two teams met last season both managed away wins against each other, with AFC Portchester securing a 1-0 victory back in September 2018, whilst the Poppies came out winners in an eventful game ending 4-2 in January 2019.

From left to right: River Smith, Steve Flynn, Chia Khider and Dominic Falco. Team members of the 2018/19 squad. Photo Archive – Giancarlo Bocchetti

In terms of recent form, AFC Portchester are on a good run with three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five games. Only one of those games was a league match which saw them run out 3-1 winners against Brockenhurst. These results have also seen them progress in the FA Vase by winning away matches against New Milton Town and Hythe & Dibden.

However, they’ve also been knocked out of two other cup competitions. Tadley Calleva overcame them on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup, and AFC Totton beat them 4-1 in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

In comparison, Bournemouth have been less successful with three draws and two defeats. Two of these draws came in cup competitions, as they beat Downtown 6-5 on penalties in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup but were knocked out by Newport IoW 7-6 on penalties in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Tyrone Carkeet celebrating the penalty scored against Downton, giving the ticket to the next round of the cup

In the league itself, a 0-0 draw with Hamworthy Utd was sandwiched in between 1-0 home defeats to Baffins Milton Rovers and AFC Stoneham.

AFC Portchester have been scoring goals quite freely this season, with 12 in their last five games, whilst Bournemouth have only managed three in the same amount of time. However, the Poppies have been much better defensively, so the work of the back four will hope to balance out the difficulties in attack against the Royals.

For team news, centre-back Dan Hill returns from injury and striker Jack Voisey is back in the squad after missing the home defeat to AFC Stoneham.

AFC Portchester vs Bournemouth FC will take place at the Wicor Recreation Ground on 21st September 2019 at 3pm

Cabeleira: “Good things will come soon”

✍️ Carlo Simone / 📷 Giancarlo Bocchetti | –

Poppies Manager Leo Cabeleira gave his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s away game against AFC Portchester.

Cabeleira confirmed the team has been working hard during the week in order to bring more goals, as the Poppies have only scored 3 in the last 5 matches.


“We’ve been working during the week to get everything right. The team is playing well but unfortunately we’re not scoring. It’s just a matter of getting that goal and then we’ll start getting the results that we deserve. We’ve just been very unlucky in the last game where we gave a really good performance until we conceded the goal.”


The manager felt confident about getting a good result away against Portchester


“We’ve been playing well and after all the work that we have done during the week with all the coaches being involved, and all the players coming into training and [giving] 100 per cent in every session. [We’re] improving technically, tactically and we are definitely looking forward to Saturday.”

Cabeleira discussing options with Assistant Managers Diogo Almeida (left) and Dan Blakeley (right)

He assured the team will soon pick it’s form after having to build a whole squad from scratch.


“As you know it’s a new team [and] things are going step by step. But players like Tyrone [Carkeet] at right-back have been a good surprise for us. Patrick Wilson came on board, and he is bringing some strength to the back four together with Lewis Harvey and Kevin Foreman. And a big surprise as well has been Jake Harvey, with his improvement. He’s a young boy, but he’s been training well and started every game this season. We’re building up the team and hopefully good things will come in the future.”

Almeida: “Defense and attack will be at the same level”

Almeida worked with special focus on the attacking side

✍️ Carlo Simone / 📷 Giancarlo Bocchetti

Bournemouth FC, Assistant Manager Diogo Almeida explained how the team is getting prepared ahead of Saturday’s away match against AFC Portchester.

What exercises have you implemented to try and fix the lack of goals so far this season?

“So we’ve been working a lot in finishing, especially in the technical detail of finishing [with] how to time our runs, how to time our shots, the body shape when receiving the ball, so that’s been the main focus. We’re creating the chances but missing that last bit in the final third, and we’ve been working on that this week, and I’m pretty sure we’re going to get some goals in this Saturday.”

Do you think you’ll find the balance between defence and attack?


“We’ve been very good defensively, very organised. Players know their roles [and] what to do, they know the exact players to mark, so defensively we’ve been very good. Offensively we’re creating the situations, but as I said we’re lacking that last bit to put the ball in the back of the net. We’re hitting the post, we’re hitting the crossbar. I’m pretty sure it’s going to come, it might take some time. It took two sessions this week to work hard [and] concentrate, and then Saturday [there’s] going to come the moment when defence and attack are on the same level.”

Almeida (right) having a conversation with Edgar Zanin

Would you consider tonight’s [training] session run with high intensity?

“The session started very well. I know it’s difficult for these guys [as] they work during the day, eight, nine hours maybe. Some of them might wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, so it’s normal for the first 15-20 minutes of the session [to be] very good and then obviously the concentration starts
dropping a little bit. But we talked with them and they understand they need to be concentrating, they need to be focused, and it has to be during the whole session, because in the game you’re not going to be playing 45 minutes, you’re going to play 90 minutes. We spoke with them two weeks ago about this concentration and the intensity of the sessions is improving, it’s getting better. Today dropped a little bit at the end, but I’m pretty sure these guys are [going] in the right direction.”

Cuffie steps down as Poppies boss

“I have had a change of life circumstances with my kids and just think it’s time to move on.
“There is no animosity, I get on well with everybody there and I think I have left the club in good hands. Leo (Cabeleira) is going to take over.
“I have had to sit down and think about it really hard but I just think it’s good for them to have someone else in charge.”
Manager Cuffie admitted he would be open to other opportunities at Wessex League level, should the opportunity arise.
“After the season we had last season, it (the Wessex League) is where I want to stay,” he added.
“I have a lot of contacts. I am good at what I do and I just think it’s time to move on.”

MICHAEL Cuffie announced he had stepped down as manager at Poppies.
The former Victoria Park boss guided the club to third spot in Wessex Premier last season, as well as winning the Bournemouth Senior Cup for the fifth time in their history.
Poppies sealed victory in 19 of their 38 league fixtures under Cuffie last season, totalling 67 points to finish behind runners-up Horndean and table-toppers Sholing.
Former Christchurch manager Cuffie told the Daily Echo: “I just think I have taken the club as far as I can. I need a new challenge – that may come, it may not.

Bournemouth Poppies let two-goal lead slip in draw with Lymington

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimonejourno)

Bournemouth Poppies extended their winless run to four after losing a two-goal lead away to Lymington.

After a first half in which Lymington dominated, Poppies took the lead midway through the second half from Manny Ohameje’s finish.

River Smith then doubled their lead just a few minutes later with a confident finish across goal.

However, Lymington finally capitalised on their chances as a Mike Gosney brace, including one from the penalty spot, secured the hosts a share of the points.

Manager Michael Cuffie made three changes to the side that faced Shaftesbury Town the previous week.

Marcus Cullen, Harry Cooper and Shiv Roushbaiani were replaced by Harvey Elsom, Manny Ohameje and Stepan Nersonski, who was making his first start in three months after returning from injury.

There was an added element of interest to this tie as Lymington had three former Poppies players in their squad. Ron Frost and Steve Flynn were in the starting XI, whilst Mikey Finch was on the bench.

The Linnets started off the game with attacking intent, as Elsom did well to block a shot from Lewis Ross, which Frost then followed up with an absolute piledriver of a strike which went just over the bar.

On 16 minutes Poppies then had their best chance of the half. A superb headed flick-on from Ohameje played in Smith, but Lymington goalkeeper Nic Jones rushed out and saved his effort.

Sam Jones in the opposite goal then had to deny Flynn after the striker’s low header flew straight at him.

The Poppies goalkeeper then maintained an impressive display throughout the rest of the half to ensure the visitors remained on level terms.

First, he provided a strong right hand to deny Gosney’s drive at the near post, before tipping another shot from the striker over the bar.

The Linnets then did have the ball in the back of the net following a long throw-in into the penalty area, but it was disallowed for Jones being impeded.

Poppies had been poor in that first half, and it initially seemed like that was going to continue in the second.

Frost was very close to getting on the scoresheet as his effort was cleared off the line after the ball fell back to him from a corner.

Then against the run of play, the visitors took the lead.

Smith was again played through on goal, and this time rounded the onrushing Jones.

However, he’d played it too far to one side and had to cut back. He then found the onrushing Ohameje, who smashed a superb shot past Jones.

This inspired some confidence in Smith, who doubled the Poppies’ lead just six minutes later.

He received the ball just outside the penalty area and struck a confident finish across goal.

The rest of the game was an open, flowing affair, as Aziz Aldahayan put Smith through on goal once again, but Jones came out on top in that situation to stop him making it 3-0.

This was arguably the turning point in the game as Lymington cut the deficit a minute later. Gosney curled an effort into the top corner on his left foot.

Smith was then agonisingly close to restoring Bournemouth’s two goal advantage, as he shot wide from a central position after Ohameje had headed the ball back to him.

However, on 83 minutes Lymington were awarded a penalty for a handball from a corner, which Gosney duly dispatched by sending Jones the wrong way.

The rest of the game revolved around a series of continuous counter-attacks and disruptive fouls without any significant chances being fashioned.

The full-time whistle then blew and whilst Poppies could be happy at a much improved second half display, there was still disappointment with the two dropped points.