Category: The Match

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”

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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

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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.

Poppies left frustrated as spoils shared with Shaftesbury

Report from Carlo Simone (@CSimonejourno) at Victoria Park

Bournemouth Poppies claimed a point against Shaftesbury Town to end their two-game Wessex Premier losing streak.

After a dire first 45 minutes, River Smith gave Poppies the lead midway through the second half, but Shaftesbury’s Greg Peel cancelled that out just minutes later.

On the balance of play Shaftesbury then should have gone on and won the match, but Poppies’ goalkeeper Sam Jones was in fine form to keep them out.

Two changes were made by manager Michael Cuffie’s starting XI after last week’s defeat to Hamble Club.

Marcus Cullen and Ali Zintany replaced Dom Falco and Manny Ohameje.

Despite this the squad didn’t start out with any fluency in their play.

Shaftesbury had the first couple of chances as Jack Mitchell shot just over and Peel fired off target after initially dispossessing Chia Khider.

On 13 minutes Poppies arguably had the best chance of the half as Smith was played in through on goal.

However, goalkeeper Paul Woods did very well to come out and block the effort.

After that brief chance, the Rockies were once again in the ascendancy as Ben Wood cut inside on his left foot, only to see his soft effort go straight at Jones.

Mitchell then had a shot trickle wide, before Jones had to get down to stop Peel’s low effort.

Both sides were finding it tricky to string more than a few passes together, which was made harder by the ball being held up in the wind on multiple occasions.

Just before the half ended Bournemouth finally fashioned another clear-cut opportunity.

Harry Cooper tried a curling shot from just outside the penalty area which forced Woods to palm the ball away.

Half-time was then reached in what had been a largely turgid affair with few genuine chances.

When the second half began Shaftesbury carried on where they left off, with Wood forcing Jones into a low save almost instantly.

The Rockies midfielder was then denied a goal on 55 minutes as his bouncing shot from a cross was brilliantly cleared off the line by Chris Speers.

This helped shake Bournemouth up a bit as Fawzi Saadi then whipped in a delightful cross which narrowly missed substitute Manny Ohameje, who was running into the area.

Smith then made up for the golden chance he missed in the first half by giving Poppies the lead.

He found himself through on goal again, but this time made no mistake by finishing across goal into the bottom corner.

However, this lead was to be short-lived. Minutes later Peel smashed in from six yards after the ball fell to him from a long throw-in.

Both sides tried their best to take the advantage in the last 20 minutes as the wind and rain got worse.

Saadi was close to getting Bournemouth’s second as he fired straight at Woods, after substitute Nasim Meddah found him with a cross.

First Smith then Meddah had long range strikes go over, whilst Jones did incredibly well to deny Wood as he was played in on goal.

Mitchell then saw a deflected shot go wide, and that would prove to be the last action of the game.

Whilst it was a point gained, it still wasn’t hugely beneficial to Bournemouth’s top four ambitions.

Bournemouth Poppies bow out the quarter finals of the Hampshire Cup

Photo credit: Southampton FC photographer James Bridle

Report from Berk Uyal at Victoria Park

Bournemouth Poppies are out of the Hampshire Senior Cup after a 2-0 loss against Southampton at Victoria Park in the quarter finals.

It was a cold Tuesday evening at Victoria Park, with the Poppies looking to continue their journey in the cup.

In the early stages of the game, Southampton looked more dangerous coming forward. The visitors had a shot which flew beyond goalkeeper Sam Jones, before being cleared off the line.

Poppies defender Manny Ohameje then gave away a free kick outside the penalty area, and was booked for the offence. Saints’ captain Tom O’Connor curled the ball past the wall and past Jones, putting the visitors into the lead within 15 minutes.

Dom Falco had almost responded to the opener within five minutes after the ball was flicked towards him, but his lofted attempt went wide.

The away side continued to pressure, forcing a Poppies defender to lose the ball. Jonathan Afolabi sent his shot straight into Jones’ hands, however.

Before the half-time whistle, the host’s skipper Ron Frost flashed the ball just centimetres wide from a header.

With that action came the whistle for the interval, the difference between the two sides slender but with the visitors showing more quality than Poppies.

As the second half commenced, Poppies came close to an equaliser with Fawzi Saadi, but the veteran wideman fired an effort just wide.

Southampton continued their dominance from the first half into the second period of the game.

Poppies made their first substitution in the 56th minute, with Ali Zintany on for Shiv Roushbaiani.

The hosts then increased their pressure through Frost, after an impressive cross into River Smith, but the captain missed the ball narrowly – an important chance which would have drawn Poppies level.

Poppies then appealed for a foul after a crunching challenge on Aziz Aldahayan, but the referee was unmoved and waved play on.

With the last few minutes of the game ticking down, Southampton looked to be the better side and duly sealed their semi-final spot after Jamie Bradley-Green converted from a corner.

In added time, Poppies made a second substitution – Jake Harvey replacing midfielder Chia Khider.

And the referee then blew the final whistle, forcing Poppies to say farewell to the Hampshire Senior Cup.

The hosts gave a courageous performance, but Southampton’s quality proved the difference throughout the 90 minutes.

Poppies will now be looking to bounce back with three points next week at Horndean.

Poppies: Jones, Aldhayan, Elsom, Wensley, Ohameje, Khider (Harvey), Frost, Roushbaiani (Zintany), Saadi, Falco, Smith

Unused subs: Stacey, Garcia, Huston-Mendy

Poppies hold on against Baffins in five goal thriller

Report from Rob Edwards (@rob_edwards19) at Victoria Park

Bournemouth Poppies survived a late scare to beat Baffins Milton Rovers 3-2 at Victoria Park courtesy of three first-half goals.

The home side, who were looking to build on Saturday’s win at Christchurch, dominated the first-half at the Winton-based ground and were rewarded with a three-goal cushion at the interval.

Ron Frost blasted in the opener from the spot only nine minutes in, before Harry Cooper added a second with a fine strike from outside the box.

River Smith added a third shortly before the break, putting the home side in firm control.

Two late Shane Cornish strikes weren’t enough for the away side to get anything from the match, and it was the Poppies who grabbed all three points.

The last time these two sides met at Victoria Park, the away side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

The Poppies were clearly eager to put this right, putting the pressure on the visitors right from the first minute.

After only nine minutes, midfielder Frost was given the chance to give the Poppies a deserved lead from the spot after Fawzi Saadi was brought down. He made no mistake finding the top left-hand corner giving the ‘keeper no chance.

The away side offered little in the way of a response after conceding early on. Falco then fired wide of the Rovers’ goal on 27 minutes after taking aim from outside the area.

Poppies were the only side offering anything going forward and on the half-hour mark they were rewarded with a second goal.

Midfielder Cooper let fly from the edge of the area, with his shot wrong-footing the visitors’ goalkeeper. The ball nestled in the bottom left-hand corner to give the home side breathing space.

Just before half-time the Poppies were able to grab a third thanks to their no. 9, River Smith. He maintained his composure after being put clean through by rounding the ‘keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net.

With that goal came the last piece of action of the first half and the home side went in at the break rightly delighted with their showing so far.

When play resumed after the interval, the Poppies seemed determined to see out the lead which their first-half display had given them.

Both teams created very little, with the only chance of note coming from Falco, who perhaps should have done better when he received the ball inside the area. He could only fire wide of goal.

It looked increasingly likely that the Poppies would maintain their three-goal cushion up until the final whistle.

That was until the game flipped on 75 minutes when Poppies centre-half Chris Speers was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Rovers’ man Tommy Leigh.

The numerical advantage gave the away side renewed belief that they may still be able to get something out of a match which, for the majority, they hadn’t been in.

On 87 minutes, Cornish scored what seemed to be a consolation for the visitors after his header beat Sam Jones at the near-post following a cross from the left.

However, a couple of minutes later, Cornish had his and Rovers’ second when he got ahead of his man to convert inside the six-yard box after a fine ball in from the left.

These two late goals meant the home side were left holding on to a lead, which for 75 minutes never looked in doubt.

It was backs against the wall for the Poppies as they looked to withstand the late onslaught from the away side.

Falco could have made their job a whole lot easier if he put away a late chance on the counter-attack. He could only fire a shot straight at Scott after being put clean through, however.

Despite this miss, there was no grand-stand finish and the Poppies managed to hold on to all three points.

This win meant that the Poppies were up to third in the table, moving above Portland United.

They will be looking for another win as they travel to Bashley this coming Saturday.

Poppies: Jones, Aldhayan, Wensley, Speers, Elsom, Frost, Cullen (Khider, 72), Cooper, Saadi (Ohameje, 54), Smith (Langston, 78), Falco

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.