Category: The Match

Cabeleira assembles his ‘puzzle’ with his mind on Christchurch

Giancarlo Bocchetti @GBitsMedia —

Leonardo Cabeleira (right) with Head Coach Diogo Almeida (left)

The nightmare and the hard days seem to be over at Poppies. Last couple of victories against Brockenhurst (home) and Cowes Sport (away) have raised the morale and confidence of the whole team.

Leonardo Cabeleira, manager of Bournemouth FC, shared his thoughts about the last two performances for Poppies and the upcoming match against Christchurch, a side rival that he knows well.

He confirmed that the back to back win against Cowes (4-1) on the Isle of Wight, was not a coincidence.

We have been working since the pre-season trying to assemble the puzzle and we can finally see the fruits of our labour. Our victories in the last two games were not by accident but the result of our hard work inside and outside the pitch,” said the manager

The gaffer said that he’s not a superstitious man and the results have come as “a learning curve for the management and the players. We have had difficult days, but patience has paid off“, asserted the manager.

When enquired about the last performances, he confirmed that the team was lacking of, “the experience, without any doubt. We believe a lot in our youngsters, but we understood that it was very important for our game play to mix both. We all have learned from these mistakes, making us a stronger side“.

Edgar Zanin during the pre-season time

Edgar Zanin finally found his goal this weekend, the brazilian-bolivian player scored on the ’81 to finally be on the score sheet, a goal that according his manager, he was looking for so long. “I am very happy for him. He’s a young lad that works very hard on the physical side and during our trainings. Although he had a difficult start this season, I was convinced that his quality was going to show at any point“.

A special taste left the performance of Callum Farrugia during the game against Cowes, and Leo confirmed the quality that the management saw on the player

We always saw something on him. Although he had Tyrone (Carkeet) as the main man on that position (left back), he keeps showing all of his talent and that he has a lot of potential as a player“, confirmed the manager.

Sam Jones made his comeback to the team

Sam Jones made his official return to the club after a brief experience with Hamworthy United and Lymington Town. Leo did not skimp to praise the keeper.

He is without any doubt one of the best goalkeepers of this league. His brief time on Hamworthy and Lymington surprises me. Sam is bringing his experience back to this club which will help James (Mayo) to fully develop all his potential and quality“, affirmed the manager.

Ron Frost now plays for Christchurch FC after a brief time in Lymington

Bournemouth FC will travel to Hurn Bridge this tuesday to face Christchurch for the Sydenham’s Wessex League. Ollie Cherrett’s side currently runs 4th and aim to continue their success against Poppies. Cabeleira admitted that playing against them is always special.

I have good memories about my time in Christchurch and I will always be grateful for the opportunity they gave me. When I go there I feel welcome by so many people, that are the heart and the soul of the club. As a team, we have a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about this match. We will play a good side on a good pitch. They have on their squad some of our ex players, which has helped to improve the quality on their game so far this season. I look forward to see them all and stretch their hand again“.

Poppies will look for a back to back win on the IOW

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Jamie Trimble was unlucky hitting the post against Brockenhurst.
Photo: Luke Simcock

Bournemouth FC is looking to obtain two league wins in a row for the first time this season, as they take on Cowes Sports away from home.

Poppies were able to overcome Brockenhurst 1-0 during midweek thanks to Matt Nicholl’s superb 50-yard effort, which gave them only their second three points of the league campaign.

They currently sit in 17th position in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division with eight points. In comparison Cowes Sports are one position and one point behind the Poppies, albeit having played two less games.

Will the team be able to keep the “momentum” and get the 3 points?
Photo: Luke Simcock

The importance of the match cannot be understated for both teams, as a win would help either side pull away from Solent University and Amesbury Town just below them.

The Yachtsman’s form has been underwhelming with one win and four losses in their last five matches, including comprehensive defeats to Horndean (6-1) and Hamworthy United (5-2).

Bournemouth’s form is exactly the same, having also suffered some heavy losses to sides like AFC Stoneham and Portland United, before the success over Brockenhurst.

Last season Bournemouth came out on top in both encounters, with 3-0 and 3-1 wins. However, this match looks to be a closer affair given the sides’ places in the table.

For team news, Bournemouth have goalkeeper Sam Jones returning to the squad after playing for Hamworthy United FC and Lymington Town FC .

Cowes Sports vs Bournemouth FC will take place at Westwood Park on Saturday 16th November at 3pm.

Nicholls: “I kept checking on the keeper”

Matt Nicholls may only have played a few games this season but the ones he has played, he has shown consistency, good defending and combat spirit.

Nicholls broke the deadlock and the ‘curse’ for Poppies on the ’84 after scoring a cracker from 50 yards, chipping the ball over the keeper.

I had a good first touch and saw him far from the line, so I went for it“, said the player about the goal.

He also mentioned that he kept observing the movements of the opposition. ” I kept checking on the keeper during the whole game and saw him constantly going far from the line“.

He was named man of the match after giving the victory 1-0 with a goal for team that was so much in need of bouncing back to winning ways “we were a bit lucky but we created good chances during the game, so I think that at the end we deserved the 3 points“.

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.”