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Poppies out of FA Vase to United Services Portsmouth

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimonejourno)

Bournemouth were knocked out of the FA Vase last night, as they went down 3-1 to United Services Portsmouth.

Poppies did initially take the lead against the run of play, as Jack Kinge-Phillips’ cross went straight in.

However, the Wessex Division One side deservedly equalised midway through the first half as Dec Seidon scored.

Andy Todd then put the RN in front minutes later, and James Franklyn rounded off the scoring early on in the second half.

The original tie, on 30th October, was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so it was rearranged to be played on the last day before a month-long national lockdown began.

The venue was also changed to nearby AFC Portchester’s Crest Finance Stadium, so a larger crowd could be accommodated.

USP opened the match with confidence as Seidon, Todd, Harry Sargent and Callum Glen all sent efforts wide of Sam Jones’ goal.

Jones also had to be in top form to deny two efforts from Tom Cain, as USP piled on the early pressure.

It was perhaps unsurprising to see the attacking prowess from USP, considering they had already defeated Wessex Premier Division sides such as Tadley Calleva, Brockenhurst and AFC Portchester in cup competitions this season.

It was perhaps a surprise then when, against the run of play, Poppies took the lead.

Kinge-Phillips was in possession on the left-hand side, and sent an innocuous-looking cross into the penalty area.

However, it sailed over the head of goalkeeper Tom Price and nestled into the net.

This began a better spell of play for Poppies, who broke up USP’s attacks in far more often.

Liam House then went agonisingly close to scoring a second, as his strike across goal whistled past the post.

Dan Seymour then saw his lob over Price be cleared off the line by a USP defender, after the goalkeeper had dropped a ball under pressure near the edge of his area.

USP grew back into the match though as they deservedly equalised on 33 minutes.

Seidon received the ball on the edge of the area, took one touch and fired home, with Jones getting a hand to it, but being unable to keep it out.

Just four minutes later and USP had their second. Franklyn played in Todd who drilled across goal into the bottom corner.

Bournemouth needed to up their game in the second half if they were to win the tie, but USP carried on in the same vein after the restart.

Jones denied Liam Kyle’s effort across goal, and Sonny Harnett-Balkwill headed against the crossbar from the following corner.

Todd then should have scored his second of the match, with his effort from three yards being deflected onto the crossbar after some heroic last-ditch blocking.

Picture by Carlo Simone

Martin Warren saw Bournemouth’s best chance of the half fall his way, with his header hitting the crossbar.

Inevitably, USP’s third came moments later. A ball was flicked on to Franklyn who slotted past Jones in the one-on-one.

The rest of the game went by with little attacking threat from Bournemouth, as USP looked to add to their scoreline.

Seidon’s dink over Jones hit the side-netting, Glen fired over, and Jones denied Franklyn with his legs in a flurry of chances.

In the end Bournemouth denied USP from scoring any more, but the scoreline could have been far greater in USP’s favour.

When the season hopefully resumes in December, Poppies will have Wessex Premier Division action to focus on.

Poppies Starting XI: Jones, Seymour (Chambers), Proudley, Nicholls (C), L.Harvey, Trimble, Kinge-Phillips, Wilson (Matthews), Warren, Norrish (Fishlock)

Subs: Phelps, Chambers, Matthews, Fishlock, J.Harvey

Poppies through in FA Vase after penalty shootout win over Blackfield & Langley

Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimonejourno)

Bournemouth came back from 2-0 down to dramatically win on penalties over Blackfield & Langley, to progress to the 1st Round proper of the FA Vase.

In a breathless game, Blackfield & Langley scored twice before half-time, following a nasty incident which saw Jamie Wilson and Flavio Tavarez sent-off for either side.

Poppies incredibly came back with a header from Jonathan Efedje and a late penalty from Lewis Harvey to force a shootout.

In that Sam Jones was the hero of the hour, denying Harry Cooper to send the players and fans into furious celebrations.

Before this encounter Bournemouth had got back to winning ways in the league by defeating Amesbury Town 2-0.

Bournemouth and Blackfield & Langley players await the start of the second half. | Picture by Carlo Simone

That positive feeling was taken into this FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round, as they made a strong start.

A free-kick sent in by Dan Seymour was held up by Lewis Harvey, allowing Jamie Trimble to have a shot, but it was cleared off the line.

Wilson then struck from distance just a minute later, which forced Harrison Guscott to get down to make a save.

The Watersiders then slowly started to apply pressure to the Bournemouth defence, with Tavarez causing plenty of problems on the left flank with his quick turn of pace and deft ball control.

Jones made a marvellous save to keep Bournemouth on level terms on 23 minutes, whilst Fatah Mahkloufi saw his shot go just wide of the post.

Just after the 30 minute mark the game took a nasty turn, as Wilson and Tavarez fell to the floor with both appearing to have their hands around the other’s neck. Both were understandably sent-off.

Blackfield & Langley were able to readjust themselves quickest after that commotion, as they took the lead in the next passage of play.

Jones kicked the ball against his own defender, allowing River Smith to get round him and slot home into an empty net.

Just two minutes later, and the Watersiders doubled their lead. Ali Zintany was allowed to advance on goal, and hit a smart finish into the bottom corner.

In the second half the game opened up, no doubt benefited by the added space left by having two less players on the pitch.

Jones did superbly to parry a powerful strike from Mahkloufi, whilst Trimble’s shot past Guscott was hacked away by Jack Barton.

B&L captain Edward Orvis was the next player to be denied by Jones, with his lobbed shot being tipped over. The defender then stopped substitute Max Norrish from pulling one back, clearing his shot off the line.

B&L then should have arguably had the game out of sight as Fawzi Saadi’s free-kick from near the touchline was tipped onto the bar from Jones.

Lewis Proudley on the ball | Picture by Carlo Simone

It had by all accounts been a frustrating half for Poppies, as they had spurned numerous chances and it seemed like the opportunity of getting something from the game was slipping away.

However, on 77 minutes they gave themselves a chance.

A free-kick was flicked on by Efedje over Guscott and couldn’t be prevented from being cleared off the line for once by a B&L defender.

Bournemouth had the initiative and it paid off on 85 minutes.

Efedje was brought down for a penalty, which Lewis Harvey struck straight down the middle to spark wild celebrations.

All the hard work and yielded penalties. After Jones had saved from Josh Taylor, and Luke Bennett had skied his penalty it was down to Efedje to win it.

Agonisingly Guscott guessed correctly, and Saadi scored the next one to bring it to sudden death.

The following three penalties were converted, leaving it to Harry Cooper to keep B&L in the competition. Jones superbly denied him though, leading to rapturous celebrations, and a place in the 1st Round of the FA Vase.

Poppies XI: Jones, Seymour (Norrish), Proudley, Nicholls (C), L.Harvey, J.Harvey, Schaller (Martins), Trimble (Carvalho), Warren, Wilson (Sent off 35′), Efedje

Subs: Kowalczyk, Chambers, Martins, Carvalho, Norrish