Category: The Match

Poppies overcome Christchurch in tight local derby

Report by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno) at M A Hart Stadium

Bournemouth Poppies edged past local rivals Christchurch 2-0 in a tough Wessex Premier encounter at the M A Hart Stadium.

In a game low on quality and chances, a River Smith strike put the Poppies in front in the first half, but it wasn’t until right at the end of the second that the points were secure thanks to Manny Ohameje’s contribution.

Poppies were unbeaten against Christchurch in their two previous fixtures this season and looked set to continue that on their first half showing.

However, it was Christchurch who had the first meaningful chance as Ash Pope shot straight at goalkeeper Sam Jones from twenty yards.

Fawzi Saadi then was close to setting Aziz Aldahayan through on goal, but a Christchurch defender got ahead of him to snuff out the danger.

Saadi tried to turn provider again, as he laid the ball off to Chia Khider after he was played into the area, but the midfielder’s effort was blocked.

Pope then tried his luck from a free kick, which smashed into the Poppies wall, and from another set piece saw the cross elude his fellow players.

The visitors then should have taken the lead a few minutes later.

Falco had a shot across the area which unintentionally happened to be a great pass to River Smith, but his effort was blocked on the line by Harvey Wright.

In the 32nd minute Smith this time found the net. A over the top through ball aimed for Falco had been shielded away by a Christchurch defender only for Smith to run onto it instead and finish through the legs of Max Frampton.

This goal imbued Bournemouth with further attacking impetus, as Khider cut inside on his left foot but could only curl the ball into the arms of Frampton.

Just a minute later Smith found Saadi just a few yards out, but his effort was agonisingly scuffed past the near post.

Half time was reached not long after, and on the balance of play Poppies deserved their lead.

However, Christchurch were not going to give up without a fight.

They came out in the second half with renewed energy, as substitute Max Wilcock did well to create a crossing opportunity, only to see it just elude an onrushing Pope.

Pope then went close twice more in quick succession, firstly he flashed a long-range strike wide before he hit a bouncing free-kick which Jones dealt with.

From then on in the game turned quite scrappy for the next twenty minutes as few chances were created in increasingly blustery conditions.

It wasn’t until the 78th minute that Christchurch fashioned another shot on goal, as Wilcock volleyed over after a cross was only partially cleared.

Falco had a shot deflected wide, whilst substitute Ohameje forced a save from Frampton from a tight angle, but the effort wouldn’t have counted as he had ran the ball out for a goal kick.

The Poppies then had a scare as Jones had to tip over an attempted clearance from defender Mark Cullem for a corner.

However, in the 90th minute Poppies’ defensive efforts paid off as they struck a crucial blow.

Nasim Meddah’s cross found Ohameje, who did well to turn and send Frampton the wrong way.

The full time whistle blew a few minutes later, as Poppies claimed all three points in a stubborn, but by no means perfect display.

Poppies held to frustrating Fareham stalemate

Report from Rob Edwards (@rob_edwards19) at Victoria Park

Bournemouth Poppies missed the chance to record back-back wins in the league after failing to find a way through a stubborn Fareham Town defence in a 0-0 draw at Victoria Park.

The Poppies faced a Fareham side who had lost their last four games in all competitions going into this one.

However, they were the side who went closet in the first half with Fareham frontman Andrea Carrera seeing his shot cannon back off the bar early on.

A rain covered pitch caused difficulties for both sides, but the Poppies still managed to create numerous openings.

Both River Smith and Dominic Falco missed good chances in the second half to give the Poppies the lead on the night.

This was the first time the two sides had met this season, with each enjoying contrasting form going into the game.

The Poppies were looking to build on their 5-1 home win against Bremerton Heath Harlequins last time out, whilst Fareham were looking for their first win since the beginning of January.

It was the Poppies who enjoyed much of the early possession, creating the first clear opening four minutes in when forward Falco received the ball on the edge of the six-yard box, but he could only fire his shot straight at Fareham keeper Declan McCarthy.

Moments later, fine wing play from Fareham’s Carrera allowed him to find space outside the area to unleash a ferocious shot onto the Poppies goal. Poppies keeper Sam Jones was left counting his lucky stars after the shot cannoned back off the bar.

Following early chances for both teams, the game turned scrappy highlighted by the referee brandishing cards to both sides. Fareham’s Carrera receiving one for a late challenge and River Smith for the Poppies after an un-intentional handball in the penalty area.

Despite this, the Poppies started to come on strong before the interval and Falco really should have put them ahead when he was put clean through but failed to keep his shot down with it sailing over the bar.

The visitors perhaps should have taken the lead on the brink of half-time when Lewis Stockford, Fareham’s biggest threat throughout the game, found space in the area but saw his shot skew past the post.

That miss saw the first half come to an end with both sides feeling un-fortunate not to have found the net.

The second half began with the rain continuing to fall, but the Poppies refused to let it dampen their spirits.

They were the side looking more likely to break the deadlock and it didn’t take them long to carve open their first chance following the break.

On 54 minutes, Falco saw his header denied by McCarthy after the Fareham keeper got down well to push it out for a corner.

It was Falco again who perhaps had the best chance of the match when he was put clean through 62 minutes in. With just the keeper to beat, the Poppies man fired his shot straight at the on-rushing McCarthy. Moments later he was given a second bite of the cherry but saw his shot saved at the near post.

Despite the Poppies dominating the play, the Creeksiders continued to look a threat. Once again Stockford threatened to give the away side the lead 75 minutes in, but fine defending meant that Jones in goal wasn’t called upon.

With 80 minutes on the clock, the home side started to crank up the pressure on side sitting 16th in the table.

It began to look increasingly likely that it wouldn’t be the Poppies day, until striker Smith was given the chance to win the game 85 minutes in. However, he like Falco was un-able to beat McCarthy one on one.

A beautiful cross from the left by Poppies number 10 Fawzi Saadi was the home side’s final chance but no-one was able to get on the end of it.

The final whistle brought the end to an absorbing draw where the Poppies will go home disappointed they didn’t manage to find a way past the excellent McCarthy, whilst Fareham will be more than content with the away point they get to take back up the M27.

The Poppies will be hoping for better when they take on local rivals Christchurch this coming Saturday away from home.

Poppies: Jones, Aldhayan, Wensley (Langstone, 80), Spears, Elsom, Frost, Khider (Neronski, 59), Cooper (Cullen, 70), Smith, Saadi, Falco

Unused subs: Ohameje

Five star Poppies rout Bemerton Heath Harlequins

Report from Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno) at Victoria Park

Bournemouth bounced back from Tuesday night’s 4-1 defeat to Bashley by thrashing Bemerton Heath Harlequins in an entertaining encounter which featured six goals and three red cards.

A River Smith strike sandwiched in between two goals from Steve Flynn set the Poppies on their way in the first half, and whilst Bemerton got a goal back early in the second half, a further two goals from Dom Falco put a gloss on the scoreline.

Bournemouth started off very strongly, as a through ball from Harry Cooper played in Dom Falco, whose shot was saved by Matty Fredericks. The offside flag would have denied him anyway.

Falco had another chance a few minutes later as a defensive clearance played him in on the right-hand side, but his effort across goal was stopped by Fredericks’ outstretched leg.

The Poppies then had the ball in the back of the net, as an outside-of-the-foot pass from Fawzi Saadi found Steve Flynn in the box, and he rounded Fredericks to put it in. However, the offside flag was raised again.

The next time Flynn found the net, the goal stood. On 19 minutes a Ron Frost free-kick found the striker’s head, and he nodded in off the post.

Bournemouth, then imbued with further confidence, started to play some really intricate passing football, as well as completely nullifying Bemerton’s attacks.

Just 10 minutes after the first goal, a second followed, Saadi ran at goal and was tackled, but the ball fell nicely for River Smith who lashed it into the top corner from just outside the area.

Falco then had yet another opportunity to add his name to the scoresheet, but when the ball was worked over to him on the right-hand side, he could only fire straight at Fredericks.

The final chance of the half came to River Smith, whose long-range strike flashed just wide of the near post.

The 3-0 scoreline at half-time was no less than what Bournemouth deserved, but it was the Harlequins who came out fighting in the second half.

On 54 minutes a free-kick was headed onto the bar by the captain Scott Hassell, which then appeared to rebound off Sam Jones and over the line.

However, Bemerton undid their good work just a minute later as Jake Burgess was sent off for a late challenge.

That made Bournemouth’s task significantly easier, and they made the Harlequins pay just five minutes later.

Falco finally got past Fredericks, as he was slipped in and he finished low past the goalkeeper’s left-hand side.

The deteriorating weather then made it difficult for both sides to fashion chances, but Falco added his second in the 69th minute, as he converted from a Saadi cross.

Bemerton were close to adding a second in the last five minutes as Robbie Owen was played through on goal, but fortunately for Bournemouth he hit the side-netting.

River Smith then forced Fredericks into a diving save to deny his powerful strike.

The final action of the game was unfortunately not pleasant as Bemerton’s Robert Bladley and Bournemouth substitute Shiv Roushbaiani were sent off for scuffle.

The referee then blew the full time whistle a couple of minutes later, to confirm a comprehensive victory for Bournemouth and a return to winning ways.

Bournemouth Poppies brushed aside by Bashley blitz

By Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

Bournemouth Poppies suffered a heavy home defeat at the hands of Bashley, who emerged comprehensive 4-1 victors at Victoria Park.

The visitors, who were yet to get the better of Poppies in the previous three encounters this season, dominated the first-half at the Winton-based ground and were rewarded with a three-goal cushion at the interval.

Dan Munday drilled home Bashley’s opener after only six minutes, before Cameron Beard blasted an effort into the roof of the net to pile further pressure on Poppies.

Dan Thompson then cracked an audacious drive inside the far corner on the stroke of half-time, further adding to the home side’s misery in spectacular fashion.

Hugh Dathan’s deflected strike wrapped up Bashley’s comprehensive victory mid-way through the second half, before Harry Cooper netted Poppies’ consolation inside stoppage time.

The Poppies management team opted for an unchanged starting line-up after his side’s 4-2 victory at high-flying Portchester at the weekend.

Veteran winger Fawzi Saadi return to the matchday squad, but was instead named among the substitutes with Ali Zintany and recent signing Dom Falco favoured on the flanks.

Ahead of kick-off at Victoria Park, a moving minute’s silence was held in remembrance of the life of Falco’s late brother, Kevin Peat, who sadly passed away two years ago.

The New Forest-based opponents flew out of the traps in the early stages of the clash, drawing a foul from Chia Khider which saw the full-back receive a caution after just two minutes.

The visitors continued to dominate possession on a slick surface, stringing together a number of flowing moves which regularly troubled the Poppies centre-backs.

On four minutes, Bashley’s Jack Smith lofted a delightful pass over the Poppies backline for Beard to latch on to. But with the angle tightening, the visitors’ frontman could only roll an effort narrowly wide of the far post.

Poppies had started slowly under the floodlights, and were duly punished on eight minutes.

An incisive ball cut through the heart of the Poppies centre-halves, allowing the prolific Munday to race through on goal and coolly slot into the bottom right corner with a deft flick of the right boot.

The home side immediately looked to draw level. Poppies captain Ron Frost lofted a delicate pass over the top for Zintany, but the wideman had slightly mistimed his run before pulling the trigger and was flagged offside.

Munday was involved at the pinnacle of another good move from Bashley on 13 minutes. Lewis Aimson hurtled towards the by-line and drilled an inviting cross across the face of goal, before Munday forced a strong block from a Poppies defender with a powerful drive from close range.

Zintany soon threatened to curl home the equaliser after racing towards the visitors’ penalty area, but narrowly bent an effort wide of the far upright.

Despite the near miss, Bashley continued to control the majority of possession and soon doubled their lead when another pin-point pass was met by Beard. The frontman calmly flashed a strike beyond Jones.

A corner kick from the visitors caused more trouble inside the Poppies penalty area. The lofted delivery was glanced across goal by Aimson, but Munday could only hook his attempt over the crossbar from a couple of yards out.

Poppies stalwart Frost almost showcased his prowess in dead-ball situations once again on 25 minutes. The skipper’s corner kick appeared destined to loop inside the near post, before Bashley goalkeeper Calum Ward punched clear under heavy pressure.

The following corner from Frost was then controlled superbly by Falco 12 yards from goal, but the winger couldn’t divert his effort towards goal.

The home side almost halved the deficit in spectacular fashion seven minutes before the half-time break. River Smith, who had recently slammed home Poppies’ clincher in the Bournemouth Senior Cup final, was almost the hero once again – but saw an audacious lob acrobatically hacked off the line by the backtracking Thompson.

Thompson then spectacularly rounded off Bashley’s first-half blitz. The towering defender collected possession 35 yards from goal, before unleashing an unstoppable drive that flashed beyond Jones, cracked against the inside of the post, and nestled in the back of the net.

At the half-time break, Saadi was introduced in place of Frost. The ex-AFC Bournemouth man was immediately involved in the action on 47 minutes, although his corner kick was narrowly diverted wide of the far post by Chris Speers.

Saadi’s back pass minutes later was then mis-controlled by Jones, although the Poppies shot stopper was able to recover before Munday could pounce in front of the empty net.

On 54 minutes, Munday breezed beyond the attentions of Manny Ohameje but had the ball stolen from his feet in the nick of time after Speers’ superb sliding challenge denied a shooting opportunity.

After Nasim Meddah replaced Falco, Munday once again squandered the chance to net a double. Another dangerous through ball was slid through to the Bashley ace, whose powerful strike stung the palms of Jones before being cleared.

Bashley soon found their fourth, however. Dathan was allowed to strike at goal unchallenged from distance, and the effort looped horribly in the air before drifting beyond Jones.

The home side almost recorded a consolation on 66 minutes, but Cooper’s diving header from Saadi’s inviting free-kick failed to trouble visiting shot stopper Ward.

Substitute Meddah then almost gifted Bashley a fifth on the counter-attack. The winger could only present possession to Beard on the edge of the penalty area, who raced forward and squared for Munday. The striker blasted over the crossbar from six yards, however.

Cooper threatened the Bashley goalmouth once again on 72 minutes, but his drive from 12 yards was comfortably fielded by Ward.

Beard and Munday came close to tucking home the visitors’ fifth – the former forcing Jones to parry a powerful drive away, before the latter fired high over the crossbar inside the six-yard box.

The home side ensured they had a spot on the score sheet in the first minute of added time, Cooper blasting home at the near post. The goal proved a mere consolation, however, and Poppies’ heavy defeat was confirmed at the full-time whistle soon after.

Poppies: Jones, Khider, Ohameje, Speers, Aldhayan, Zintany (Stacey, 66), Cooper, Frost (Saadi, 45), Falco (Meddah, 58), Smith, Flynn

Unused subs: Roushbaiani, Cullen

Bournemouth Poppies put four past AFC Portchester

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimoneJourno)

Bournemouth Poppies came out on top in an entertaining six-goal encounter with high-flying AFC Portchester.

After a Steve Flynn effort had kept the fourth-placed Poppies level at half time, the striker got two more, alongside a River Smith strike, to help ensure a 4-2 victory.

It was AFC Portchester who had the most meaningful chance of the fixture, as their number 11 did well to collect a long ball forward, only to hit his effort straight at Sam Jones.

Jones was then unfortunately at fault for the opening goal, in an otherwise solid display, as Matt Simms’ long-range strike was spilled over the line.

However, Bournemouth responded to this setback perfectly, as just a minute later Steve Flynn headed smartly past the AFC Portchester goalkeeper from a weighted cross.

Both sides then fashioned several promising chances throughout the rest of the half.

Firstly, Flynn missed an opportunity to get his second, after hitting his effort well over after the ball was pulled back to him just inside the penalty area. Then captain Ron Frost did well to turn his man before seeing his shot trickle wide.

The Royals were still a threat though, as a cross from the left-hand side was agonisingly close to reaching their striker in the penalty area.

Frost then attempted another shot from range with a free-kick that hit the side-netting, before Portchester flashed a free-kick of their own wide.

That finished up the chances for the first half, but the tempo was ramped up in the beginning of the second half.

Jones was called into action in the 51st minute to superbly deny the Portchester number 7 who had cut inside and released a fierce strike,

The Poppies then took the lead for the first time just six minutes later, as Flynn nodded in a header from a long Ron Frost throw-in.

However, like in the first half, the team that took the lead were pegged back almost instantly.

The ball had fallen to Tuson-Firth on the edge of the area, who hit a thunderous volley past Jones to restore parity.

The game then took another twist just three minutes later, as after a Bournemouth corner had been cleared, the ball was lofted back into the box for River Smith to tap home.

There was no quick goal to follow that crazy four minutes, although Dom Falco fizzed in a cross to Flynn which was slightly behind the striker, so he was unable to connect with it properly.

AFC Portchester peppered the Bournemouth goal with many free-kicks in an attempt to equalise again, to no avail as the Poppies defended resolutely.

Flynn almost turned provider, as his header played in River Smith, but the goalkeeper came out quickly to block the effort.

Flynn wasn’t to be denied his hat-trick though and he took it in some style.

Ron Frost headed a ball forward on the halfway line which Flynn ran on to. He then brilliantly held off the defender and placed it past the goalkeeper to finish the game as a contest.

The final whistle blew a few minutes later, and Bournemouth could reflect on another impressive display.

Bournemouth Poppies edge past Hythe and Dibden to lift Bournemouth Senior Cup

Report by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20) at MA Hart Stadium

Bournemouth Poppies emerged victorious in the Bournemouth Senior Cup last night after beating giant killers Hythe and Dibden 1-0 at the MA Hart Stadium.

The club’s eight-year wait to bolster their trophy cabinet was finally brought to an end after River Smith’s second-half strike fired Poppies to victory.

Manager Michael Cuffie opted to make three changes to his side, following last weekend’s stalemate with Team Solent at Victoria Park.

Full-back Aziz Aldahayan was restored to the starting XI, whilst midfielder Harry Cooper also returned. Charlie Langston was instead named amongst the substitutes, and Manny Ohameje started ahead of Nasim Meddah.

Recent signings Marcus Cullen and Meddah missed out on the matchday squad altogether.

(L-R): Ali Zintany, Manny Ohameje, Chris Speers, Sam Jones, Ron Frost, Steve Flynn
Chia Khider, River Smith, Harvey Elsom, Harry Cooper, Aziz Aldahayan

Hythe boasted former Southampton and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Jo Tessem in their ranks.

The Southampton-based outfit had enjoyed a successful, goal-laden run to the final, after taking high-profile scalps in the form of Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Poole Town Reserves and Hamworthy United – all higher-league opposition.

But it was the Poppies, flying high in the Wessex Premier Division, who started the brighter. An inviting delivery aimed towards Ali Zintany narrowly evaded the wide-man, with Hythe scrambling the ball behind for a corner. The resultant set-piece from Chia Khider was cleared at the near post, however.

Hythe flew forward on four minutes after a rapid breakaway, but Liam Golding fired comfortably wide of goal.

Steve Flynn, Poppies’ top scorer in the competition, then went close at the other end, narrowly steering a pinpoint long throw from skipper Ron Frost over the crossbar.

The fluid, end-to-end nature of the clash continued, and on 13 minutes Zintany went close to breaking the deadlock once again after rifling wide of goal following a flowing Poppies move.

The first golden opportunity of the final fell to Hythe, however. Filippos Terzidis collected an incisive through ball in his stride, and let fly from 12 yards. Only superb goalkeeping from Sam Jones, who had raced off his line to smother the effort, prevented the lower league side from taking the lead.

In what was rapidly becoming a tale of two excellent shot stoppers, Hythe’s Ellis Grant had to be alert to parry away Smith’s low strike on 17 minutes, before Hythe’s number one also denied efforts from Frost and Zintany minutes later.

River Smith secured the trophy for Poppies with a second-half strike

Grant saved the best of the bunch from a superb, curling effort from Flynn. The towering striker, who has also turned out for Southern League Premier side Wimborne Town this season, bent a strike that appeared destined for the top left corner, only for Hythe’s goalkeeper to acrobatically parry over the crossbar.

Smith was once again denied at the foot of the far post by Grant’s heroics, with frustration subsequently beginning to build within the Poppies’ ranks.

Cooper and Khider were swiftly shown yellow cards, and Hythe could even have entered the interval a goal to the good. O’Dell’s deflected shot dipped narrowly over the crossbar with Jones at full stretch, before Robbie Pittman headed the resultant corner off target.

The half’s final attempt on goal once again came from the side in green, Smith fizzing a drive onto the top of the crossbar and behind.

After both sides emerged for the restart, Poppies immediately set about trying to open the scoring. Just two minutes into the half, Cooper’s teasing delivery was punched onto the woodwork by Grant, with the goalkeeper collecting the dropping ball at the second attempt.

However, the shot stopper was finally beaten on 55 minutes as Poppies moved into a slender lead. A defence-splitting pass was collected sweetly by Smith, who unleashed a strike. The effort looked to have been fielded by Grant, before the ball agonisingly squirmed through the goalkeeper’s grasp and nestled in the back of the net.

Poppies boss Cuffie then made a double substitution, introducing Langston and Dominic Falco in place of Ohameje and Khider.

And moments after the first alterations of the final, Hythe almost found a leveller. A cross into the penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the Poppies defence, leaving an opposing player free to arch a header towards the far corner. Jones pulled off a stunning one-handed stop, however, to push the effort over the top and preserve Poppies’ lead.

Smith almost bagged his second of the game on 67 minutes, but was denied at the near post by Grant’s strong right palm.

With the tie still firmly in the balance, Hythe made three substitutions in search of an equaliser.

But it was Poppies who almost finished off their Wessex One opponents, Frost’s long-range effort almost deceiving Grant before the goalkeeper recovered to prevent the ball from trickling over the line.

Ron Frost skippered Poppies to their first trophy of the season

Jones was called into action at the other end as time ticked steadily away, but was found in unerring form once again after the ball had squirmed free at the foot of the far upright.

With 88 minutes played, a further guilt-edged chance to seal the title was squandered by Poppies, after Cooper’s low drive fizzed along the surface and was clawed out by Grant. Smith then fired the rebound wide, but the effort would have been chalked off by a raised offside flag had it been on target.

Falco then raced clear of the Hythe backline and fired wide in Poppies’ final chance of the clash, but the Wessex Premier side clung on throughout four additional minutes to lift the Senior Cup.

Poppies: Jones, Aldahayan, Speers, Elsom, Ohameje, Khider, Cooper, Frost, Zintany, Flynn, Smith

Subs: Langston, Garcia, Falco, Stacey, Harvey

Ali, Ron, Sam and River hold the Senior Cup trophy aloft

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.

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Eight goal thriller sees Bournemouth suffer heavy defeat to Hamworthy

It was an evening to forget for the Poppies as they suffered a 6-2 heavy defeat to Hamworthy United in the Wessex Premier Division.

Despite two goals for Bournemouth coming from Ali Zintany and Stepan Neronski, it was not enough to overturn the six goals from the hosts.

The Hammers kicked off the match and started strongly winning themselves a corner in the first minute of the game however the Poppies were able to quickly counter attack.

Bournemouth Poppies did start the game strongly and an inviting cross by Harry Cooper allowed an ambitious bicycle kick which landed left of the goal.

A poor defensive clearance from Hamworthy almost gave the visitors the chance to open the scoring in the 8th minute as the captain Fawzi Saadi fired a shot wide of the right post.

It started a very open match and thankfully Chris Speers was on alert after the opposition forward drove past three or four defenders almost presenting himself with a chance on goal.

There was almost a contending goal of the season if it wasn’t for the linesman. A set-piece delivered in by Fawzi from the halfway line was drilled into the box, chested down and volleyed into the top left corner, but the linesman waved it offside.

Luke Stone almost broke the deadlock against his former club in the 18th minute, but Sam Jones was the man of the moment to deny with a great save.

Second time lucky for Stone when a lovely through ball from Mickey Finch gave him a one on one opportunity to score and he did exactly that placing it into the bottom left corner.

Only four minutes later in the 25th minute Stone found himself on the scoresheet again. It was another through ball played to him but this time down the right and he slots it past Jones in goal again.

The first half drew a dramatic close as almost everything possible on the pitch happened within the space of three or four minutes.

Firstly Charlie Langston got spoken to by the referee and received a yellow after what looked like backlash.

As a result of the stoppage in play the Hammers had a free-kick near the half-way line, it was sent in and Mark Jamison found his head on it in front of Sam Jones and nodded it in to make it 3-1.

Only a minute later at the other end the Poppies were awarded a penalty for a nasty tackle in the box, Ali Zintany stood up to the penalty and perfectly placed it into the bottom right corner despite the keeper diving the right way.

The half-time whistle was blown only seconds after the restart and it looks as if Bournemouth have been given a potential lifeline back into the game on the stroke of half-time, however it was Hamworthy who looked much the stronger side.

It was a promising start to the second half and within the first five minutes the Poppies looked the better side, but they needed a more clinical final ball to break back into the game.

The Poppies made their first change of the game in the 50th minute with Pepe Smith coming on to replace Ali Zintany. However his first involvement saw a shot aimed nearer the corner flag than the goal.

Another close chance fell the way of the Poppies in the 55th minute as a corner swung in by the captain was headed on the cross bar and out for a goal kick.

With just over twenty minutes left of the game the Poppies got another goal back and it was game on. A lovely through ball from Aziz gave Makloufi a chance to beat the defenders on the right which allowed him to pass it across the goaline for a simple tap in for Neronski.

Only five minutes later in the 75th minute the Hammers found themselves extending their lead. It was a beautiful solo goal from Bayston as he lifted the ball over one defender and worked his way past another two before finishing.

Despite looking the better side in the second half, it was Hamworthy who scored again. Stone completed his hat-trick in style with a low driven shot into the bottom right corner.

Makloufi looked for a consolation goal minutes later but he’s powerful shot at the keeper was saved and went out for a corner, which came to nothing.

It was almost time for the full-time whistle but that couldn’t stop the Poppies from conceding again, this time the Hamworthy substitute Brandon Randall found himself with an open net and tapped it in for the 6th goal.

Moments after the restart the referee blew the whistle on a very miserable night for Bournemouth Poppies.

They came out in the second half looking like a different side and despite dominating the majority of the second half they weren’t clinical enough to put names on the scoresheet and then paid the price at the back.

STARTING XI: Jones, Aldahayan, Langston, Spears, Ohameje, Zintany, Makhloufi, Cooper, Smith, Saadi (C), Neronski

SUBS: Smith, Roushbiani, Cullen, Khider, Westley

Referee: Brian White

 

 

When the River meets Speers to beat Lymington Town

An early goal from River Smith and a second-half header from Chris Speers was enough to overcome the visitors.

 

The result takes the Poppies up to fifth in the table and only four points off of second place. They also face Lymington in the Bournemouth Senior Cup semi-finals on the 28th November.

After a quick change of sides at the start of the game, the poppies kicked off and looked really threatening from the very moment the game began.

It only took two minutes to break the deadlock as Sam Jones sent a long ball over the top towards River Smith which evaded the whole of the opposition defence leaving Smith to run onto it. He took controlled and slotted it past the keeper to give the Poppies an early lead.

Smith was looking for a second goal within the first five minutes as Fawzi lifts a ball over the top past the defence but the lines puts his flag up on the far side.

Almost a second goal in the sixth minute as another long ball over the top confuses the Lymington defence as the keeper and defence collide it almost falls for an open net but it cleared for a corner.

The corner is whipped towards the back post of the goal and it finds Stepan Neronski who heads it into the side netting

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Mike Gosney had a drive at Charlie Langston towards goal and tried an ambitious chip towards Sam Jones, but he wasn’t even off his line and it’s an easy catch for him.

After loads of build-up play Shiv Roushbianai put a low driven cross in from the right hand side but it’s finds nobody and goes out for a goal kick.

The visitors almost had the chance to equalise after a low ball across the face of goal was almost tapped in at the near post if it wasn’t for Sam Jones. His save tipped the ball onto the post before it was cleared away.

Michael Cuffie got spoken to by referee Michael Ballard after kicking the ball away and giving his vocal opinions a few too many times.

Half an hour had gone of the match and it looked quite even despite the early dominance that the Poppies had. The main problem for both sides seems to be long ball over the top and following the bounce.

Huge penalty calls go around the ground as Neronski beats one man within the penalty area and appears to be tripped by the next man, however the referee waves all the appeals away and play continues.

Neronski was causing havoc down the left hand side of the pitch and took on a couple of defenders, he played a low ball through the middle of the defence which slipped through everyone and found Shiv at the back who can’t finish it.

Another long ball over the top was played from the defence onto River Smith who again had himself presented with a one-on-one opportunity but this time was a ball bouncing, unfortunately for him it smashed against the keepers chest and got cleared.

Some lovely play down the left hand side of the pitch finds Ali Zintany who tries to curl the ball into the bottom right corner of the net but Nic Jones comfortably saved it.

A corner whipped in by the Poppies captain finds Manny Ohemeje in the middle of the box and he tries to loft an effort over the keeper but it lands on the roof of the net.

As half-time drew close, Lymington had a couple of chances after a collection of deflections and the ball goes out for a corner.

The resulting corner got delivered it and found the head of Jake King at the near post who brought the game back to a deadlock as he calmly headed it into the back of the net.

There was no time to get the game back underway as the referee blew the whistle for half-time as soon as the ball was rolled off the centre-circle for the restart.

It could be considered a fair result going into the break as Lymington had a couple of chances to equalise earlier on in the match, especially when they hit the post, but after the early dominance from the Poppies, they’ll feel disappointed to be behind.

Everything was to play for in the second half as the team came back out, both looking for an opportunity to win the game.

Quick start to the second half by the Poppies as they looked to start it the same as the first one as Stepan Neronski drilled a shot just wide of the left post.

Ali Zintany somehow works his way past three defenders inside the penalty area and slides a ball to River Smith who calmly placed it past the keepers left hand side into the net, however the linesman quickly had his flag up to rule it out.

It’s another goal ruled out for offside but this time for the visitors after a shot on goal is deflected inside the box and bounces into the corner of the net, however the attacker who deflected it was in an offside position.

In the 59th minute the Poppies made their first substitution and it’s the return of the Mak. Sammi Makloufi has come back from Blackfield and Langley to play two games for the Poppies.

The Poppies managed to restore their lead after a powerful free-kick whipped into the box finds our defender, Chris Speers, who puts a bullet header past the goalkeeper in the 61st minute.

 

A failed clearance from the Bournemouth defence sees the ball land at the feet of Mike Gosney on the edge of the box. He tried to fire a shot towards the bottom right corner but it goes wide.

Sammi Makloufi dribbles his way past several defenders and plays a great through ball to Stepan Neronski in front of goal, unfortunately, came to nothing but he’s made a great impact.

Despite only being 20 minutes left of the match, the Poppies were looking to add to their two goals as Fawzi plays a brilliant through ball past all of their defence to River Smith but he was unfortunately just offside.

Marcus Cullen came on to replace Ali Zintany in the 73rd minute of the match and only moments later Charlie Langston had to hobble off the pitch after a late tackle and Chia Khider came on to replace him.

A quick counter attack from the Poppies after a Lymington Town corner saw four players take on just two defenders but the visitors defence did excellent to track back and slow down the play in the box denying a shooting chance.

Stepan Neronski had a golden opportunity to kill off the game with only five minutes left as he intercepts the ball from the defence to be one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he rifles his shot high and wide.

Only minutes left of the game and it’s the most end-to-end the game has been all 90 minutes. The Poppies again look to counter attack and what looked like the winning shot was saved brilliantly by Nic Jones.

Despite the home side looking far more dominant in the final ten minutes, it was the linesman who made the decisive call in the 93rd minute.

He raised the flag for offside seconds before Jake King slotted it past Sam Jones in goal and correctly ruled the goal out. There was a massive sigh of relief from the home side as they deserved to win.

Moments later the referee put the whistle to his mouth and blew for full-time. It was a victory that the Poppies deserved after coming out in the second half the much stronger side and could have scored several more goals on a different day.