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.
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.
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