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Matchday Live: AFC Bournemouth v Doncaster Rovers
Updated 3:36pm Thursday 6th March 2014 in Sport
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- Cherries 5-0 Doncaster (result)
- CHERRIES: Camp; Francis, Cook, Elphick (c), Harte; Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Fraser (Pugh, 75); Grabban (Coulibaly, 83), Kermorgant (Rantie, 75). Subs not used: Allsop, Smith, O'Kane, Pitman.
- DONNY: Johnstone; Tamas, Khumalo, Meite, Husband; Furman (Cotterill, H-T), Wellens (c), Keegan; Brown, Bowery (Robinson, H-T), Coppinger. Subs: Maxted, McCullough, De Val, Peterson, Stevens.
- Kermorgant bags hat-trick on his first start for club, while Arter weighs in with a brace
- Reporting by NED PAYNE
Game over. That was a great performance from Cherries. Deserved three points after getting small change these last few weeks.
Wimborne lost 1-0 at Mangotsfield.
A golden opportunity for 6-0. Pugh breaks free down the right and lays a perfect ball inside to fellow sub Rantie. The goal is gaping but the Cherries’ record signing skies his effort. He would have expected to tuck that one away.
Bournemouth rugby take a bonus point from their game at Bishops Stortford following a thrilling 33-28 victory.
Rantie tees up Ritchie who lashes off-target. Moments later, Rantie screws across goal when well-placed.
Donny fail to clear and Harry Arter is there to crash into the net with Johnstone off-limits, His second of the afternoon. It's official, this is a rout.
Keegan's weak header is saved by Camp, who has been a spectator pretty much all afternoon.
Theo Robinson has Donny's first shot on target. Moments later Kermorgant is replaced by Rantie. Marc Pugh comes on for Fraser.
Cherries have a fourth and it’s not a surprise. Francis, who already has one assist, sends in another glorious cross from the right flank and Kermorgant rises superbly to head beyond Johnstone and into the right corner. A hat-trick for the striker. Fantastic display from him today,
Bournemouth rugby now 28-26 down at Bishops Stortford. A thriller developing.
Cook defends #afcb http://t.co/uieiuN7R6A— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
Ritchie’s fizzing delivery across goal is a fraction too far ahead of Grabban, who can only poke high and wide.
Bournemouth rugby now just 26-19 down at Bishops Stortford.
Gabriel Tamas booked.
Francis takes a whack in the face but is swiftly back on his feet.
Bournemouth rugby 21-12 down at Bishops Stortford.
Second kermorgant goal #afcb http://t.co/y0A9659IHJ— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
Grabban streaks just out of reach of Meite but fires wide of the left post. The home fans thought it was in.
That’s 3-0 and game over, surely. The ball pinballs around on the edge of the area and eventually breaks to Arter 20 yards out. He swings his left boot and catches it as sweet as you like on the half-volley, straight into the bottom right corner. Fantastic strike.
We have resumed.
Double change for Donny at half-time. Off go Jordan Bowery and Dean Furman and on come Theo Robinson and David Cotterill.
I'd imagine the message from Eddie Howe at half-time to his Cherries players would be, 'same again'. That was a really good first half. Plenty of pace and penetration. Kermorgant will take the plaudits given his brace but Fraser was excellent.
Other half-times - Mangotsfield 1 Wimborne 0, Sholing 0 Hamworthy 0,
Grabban fights for the ball #afcb http://t.co/wKZqt6WpHz— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
Let's have a pic or two from Dean Court instead, courtesy of Echo snapper Jon Beal...
I'm afraid one or two technical problems are preventing me from providing you with other non-league updates.
Wimborne are 1-0 down at Mangotsfield at half-time.
Grabban tested Johnstone from a tight angle moments before the break. The keeper blocked.
That was 45 excellent minutes from Cherries.
Matt Ritchie dances down the right side and after his attempted cross is blocked, Simon Francis sends in a lovely delivery. Kermorgant rises high above his marker to nod past Johnstone and into the roof of the net. A brace for the Frenchman. Cherries are good value for their 2-0 lead.
Harte’s cross into the boss is knocked back across by Fraser and Grabban heads past Johnstone, but once again the striker is thwarted by the linesman’s flag. All Cherries at the moment.
Neglected to mention earlier that Paul Keegan is in the book for a trip on Fraser.
Big shouts for a penalty after Surman goes down under an Abdoulaye Meite tackle, but referee Darren Sheldrake is unmoved.
Cherries take a lead they absolutely deserve. Harte sends in a pinpoint delivery from the left and Kermorgant takes it first time, sending it through the legs of Sam Johnstone. What a great way to mark his home debut.
Harte’s free kick from deep is nodded back across goal by Kermorgant and Ritchie’s piledriver takes a nick off Chris Brown and goes wide.
From Surman's through-ball, Fraser breaks clean through on goal and looks to have the legs on Bongani Khumalo, but the Rovers man gets back to make a terrific challenge.
From the resulting corner, Arter lays into the path of Surman and his stinging shot is tipped over by Johnstone. Then, Ian Harte’s low corner from the opposite side is left by Arter and Kermorgant fires wide.
Johnstone comes out of his area to slice into the stand. Moments later the lively Fraser breaks through a challenge on the left side of the box and stings the palms of the Donny stopper. Corner. Good start Cherries.
Donny look like they are playing a 4-4-1-1 to me, not a 4-3-3 as we were told pre-match.
Lewis Grabban caught offside in the box after a swift break by Cherries which involved Matt Ritchie and Harry Arter. Nice pass by Arter, but Grabban had drifted. Looked the right decision.
Bournemouth rugby are level at 7-7 with Bishops Stortford.
Great work by Fraser down the left. It actually looked like he took the ball over the dead-ball line but nothing was given and the Scot’s cross was headed straight at keeper Sam Johnstone by Kermorgant from close range.
Kermorgant takes an early clattering but is up and OK.
We are under way.
The players are out.
Kick-off minutes away.
The last time Cherries won at home on a Saturday? Saturday, October 5. A 5-2 victory over Millwall. Ah well, they do say that good things come to those who wait.
2:34pm Sat 1 Mar 14
shame TK isn't starting I fancied him today to score, but it will be good to see what Yann can do from the starting 11
Quite fancy TK to get on at some stage.
Adam Smith is on the bench to begin #afcb http://t.co/VtfTPR80LE— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
I will endeavour to keep you up to date with the non-league latest throughout the afternoon, as well as the Bournemouth RFC score at Bishops Stortford.
In non-league, Poole versus Stourbridge in the Southern League Premier Division is off.
Cherries are going after only their second league win of 2014 this afternoon, with their only previous Championship triumph this year coming when they beat Huddersfield 2-1 at home on January 28.
The players are out warming up on a sunny but fairly chilly day at Dean Court.
Cherries have received an apology from the Football League regarding referee Mark Heywood's decision to penalise Tommy Elphick for a foul late on in the 1-0 defeat at Derby last Saturday. Chris Martin converted the resulting free kick to win the game for the Rams in the 85th minute.
Yann kermorgant is starting for #afcb for the first time. http://t.co/Z3DdDymW8P— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
Lee camp warms up for #afcb http://t.co/xfB7lXs996— @EchoJon 01 March 2014
So, team news. Yann Kermorgant makes his first start for Cherries up front at the expense of Tokelo Rantie, who drops to the bench. Midfielder Eunan O’Kane, who returned to training on Friday following a pelvis injury, is deemed only fit enough to make the substitutes. Eddie Howe is still without defenders Elliott Ward (knee) and Charlie Daniels (thigh). Wide man Marc Pugh drops out in favour of Ryan Fraser.
Good afternoon and welcome to Dean Court, where Cherries take on a Doncaster side battling against the drop from the Championship.
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