Poppies fail to prevail in defeat to AFC Stoneham

Bournemouth Poppies suffer another defeat in the Wessex League.

Bournemouth Poppies vs AFC SToneham | By Toby Howe

Bournemouth Poppies are still searching for a win since their last in September, after a recent defeat to AFC Stoneham, 2-1 away from home.


Poppies never got going early doors, conceding within seven minutes; A ball directed across goal from the right missed the first target only to be turned in at the back stick.

Minutes later they were down by two, a ball floated into the box was finished skilfully as it curled past the keeper’s near post.

There were signs of intent from one of the poppies youngest, Lee Brad-Haensel.

A driving run from the left hand side saw the winger get to the bye line, the ball was cut back into the box but red shirts could find the net.

The second half provided more intent and ‘heart’ as described by Poppies manager Phill Brown.

Conor Jevon had an opportunity to level things up when he found himself one on one, the ball blazed over the bar however.

Tyrone Carkeet scored from the spot late on to claim what would only be a consolation as the game finished out of favour for the men on red.

The Poppies manager explained: “They were on the front foot first half.”

He added: “We changed formation and went more direct second half, eventually winning the second half one nil which is a massive thing for us”

The Poppies have a friendly on Wednesday night at Victoria Park, the manager touched on this: “we hopefully take the positives from today onto Wednesday night, we have a couple on fringe players coming in and lads on trial, we’ll go from there.”

He stated at the end: “Hopefully we can pull ourselves out of this little rut we’re in a start climbing the league.”


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