Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v Bournemouth 09/02/19

Christchurch 0 Bournemouth 2

PROBABLY not a true reflection of the pattern of play, but a powerful performance from Bournemouth, despite having lost their leading scorer to another Premier side and dropping points during the week. The first chance however went the way of the hosts when Ash Pope had a half chance that didn’t really trouble Poppies’ keeper Sam Jones- who was also kept alert ten minutes in to get to a Pope cross.

Good approach play from River Smith set up Dom Falco, but he could only scuff the shot into ex Poppies’ custodian Max Frampton’s hands in front of the William Pickford Stand. A silly free kick conceded by Chia Khider gave Pope a chance but perhaps a better result for the Blues would have come along had Billy Walker read the ball better. The Christchurch defence though were under the cosh for long spells in the first half- and a Falco cross couldn’t be met by Frampton- but River Smith’s final touch was scrambled away to safety.

It wasn’t long though before he made amends though. With 32 minutes on the clock SMITH outpaced his marker running into the penalty area and latched on to a through ball from Falco to send the ball under the advancing Frampton to make it 0-1. Smith was at the heart of several further opportunities as the half drew to a close- just failing to get on the end of a Khider cross, then seeing his hard work come to nothing when Fawzi Saadi could only fire wide when well placed before just firing a Harry Cooper wide of the mark moments before the whistle. HT 0-1

Christchurch introduced Max Wilcock from the bench at the resumption but the half started much as the first finished with Poppies looking for a goal. Smith again unlucky- mistiming his run and causing the offside flag to be raised on more than one occasion. Khider and Smith both had efforts scrambled to safety as we approached the final 15 minutes. The best chance of the half for Christchurch came with just ten minutes remaining, but Wilcock blazed wide of the target when well placed.

Poppies meanwhile had brought on Manny OHAMEJE and he added a new dimension to the attack on the right side and added a well earned second for the visitors with 90 minutes on the clock moments after Falco had headed a chance wide. FT 0-2 (Mike Robins)