Scott Parker was left “bitterly disappointed” after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Hull. Bournemouth were made to pay for squandering a number of presentable first half chances when Ryan Longman bagged the only goal of the game in the 77th minute.
The goal was definitely against the run of play, with Bournemouth almost doubling Hull’s chances. Here’s Scott Parker’s assessment of the defeat:
“First half we played very well, the only criticism I have is that we didn’t execute, the second half was unacceptable on every level.
“Not acceptable for me and it won’t be acceptable for us as a team, because we were nowhere near it in the second half. We lacked energy, we lacked desire and when you perform like that and lose sight of the basics of the game and what’s needed in certain moments, you can’t win games.”
This result leaves Bournemouth tied for second with Blackburn, and eight points behind leaders, Fulham.
The Cherries have no mid-week game and look forward to Barnsley away on the 29th, who they managed to triumph 3-0 earlier in the season.
The Dolphins had an away test at Hendon in the Southern League Premier South, suffering a 3-2 defeat.
Poole found themselves 2-0 down at half time and needed something to change fast. They managed to find some form after Hendon gave away a free kick outside of the box, and in the 51st minute, Josh Carmichael scored.
Just three minutes later Carmichael wanted more and scored his brace in the 54th minute, making it 2-2 with all to play for.
After a tough second half, with plenty of chances, Hendon managed to break the deadlock and regained their lead in the 77th minute.
This proved to be costly, as it was the final goal of the game to secure the win for the home side.
This meant Poole town lost their three-game win streak. They will be looking to bounce back tomorrow when they face Hartley Wintney.
Hendon on the other hand, had previously suffered three league defeats on the bounce, now closing the gap to nine points between the two sides.
The Magpies saw their winless run come to an end in the Southern League Premier South, as they picked up a vital win over Tiverton Town.
The result saw an end to a three game losing run endured by the side, as Town earned themselves a clean sheet over a strong Tiverton side.
After the home side took the lead after 20 minutes, they were reduced to 10 men following keeper Benfield’s sending off after a disagreement with the referee.
Centre back Billy Maybury took up the role between the sticks as the Magpies saw out a masterclass in defending and sealed the three points.
Hamworthy were hoping to triumph top of the league, Horndean FC to take the lead in the Wessex Premier title race.
The away game would certainly provide the biggest test yet in this competition and is a crucial result for the later stages.
It was goalless at the break with a few chances from both sides. However, in the 68th minute, Billy Walker headed the ball in from close range to give the visitors the lead.
Horndean weren’t giving up yet, and after several attempts, they were finally rewarded in the dying minutes of the game. In the 85th minute, Connor Duffin finds the net with a low free kick.
However, just over a minute later and Horndean’s belief was silenced, an 86th minute goal from Max Wilcock helped Hamworthy retake the lead and it proved to be enough to see out the game.
It could well turn out to be a defining few minutes in the race to the title. However, huge matches still remain on the fixture list, not least March 19th where Hamworthy will be facing Horndean again on home ground but it is clear Hamworthy are in a great position to win the Wessex League for the first time.
It was a successful weekend for the Poppies, who saw an 18 game winless run come to an end as they ran out 6-1 winners over Cowes Sports.
It was the Bournemouth side’s first win since September and it sees them remain 10 points clear of 20th placed Hythe & Dibden.
Cowes took the lead and it seemed that Bournemouth were destined to continue their measly run of form if not for a spot of luck in the 40th minute, when Marcus Cullen tucked home the rebound after a saved penalty.
After going into half time even, the Poppies ran riot in the second half, scoring five goals, including two from Ryan Graham and another screamer from Marcus Cullen.
The Poppies face BCP side Christchurch on Thursday, with a potential six pointer on the cards, that could see Church increase the three point gap between the sides, or Bournemouth go level on points with them.