RYAN Fraser’s fortuitous second-half goal saw Cherries battle back to earn a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw against Championship strugglers Yeovil Town today.
Fraser cancelled out Kieffer Moore’s first-half opener for the Glovers when Byron Webster’s clearance struck him and looped over Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech.
The point kept alive Cherries’ play-off hopes with four games of the season remaining, starting with an Easter double-header against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich.
Matt Ritchie squandered a presentable chance to fire Cherries ahead after just two minutes when he skied a shot high over the crossbar following a Lewis Grabban cross.
And James Hayter did likewise for the Glovers just two minutes later when he completely missed his kick with the goal gaping after Joe Edwards had centred from the right.
Fraser’s low shot was saved comfortably by Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech before Lee Camp clutched at the second attempt a thunderous drive from Moore.
However, Camp was powerless to prevent Moore from opening the scoring midway through the first half after Cherries had failed to clear a Jamie McAllister free kick.
The big striker, signed in the summer from Dorchester Town, seized on the loose ball and despatched a venomous right-foot drive into the top corner from 20 yards.
Grabban screwed wide from close range following a sharp turn inside the 18-yard box after Yann Kermorgant’s neat flick had picked him out. A speculative strike by Grabban at the start of the second half failed to trouble Stech before Moore fired a right-foot effort straight into Camp’s hands.
Shane Duffy’s glancing header from a Luke Ayling cross flew inches past the upright before Cherries’ appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears following Duffy’s handball.
Cherries levelled after 59 minutes through Fraser, although there was more than an element of good fortune as the Scotsman restored parity with a fluke goal.
Stech was caught off his line and watched the ball loop over his head after Byron Webster’s clearance had struck Fraser before landing in the back of the net.
Cherries then survived a penalty appeal after Moore had gone to ground and were thankful to Camp for saving with his legs after Webster’s flicked effort from a corner had almost squeezed in at the near post.
Fraser ballooned a chance over the crossbar following a Simon Francis cross after 74 minutes, while Tom Lawrence curled a right-foot shot just past the post.
Cherries: Camp, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Harte (Smith, 57), Ritchie, Surman, O’Kane, Fraser (Rantie, 80), Grabban (Pitman, 68), Kermorgant.
Unused subs: MacDonald, Pugh, Ward, Allsop (g/k).
Booked: Francis, Cook.
Glovers: Stech, Ayling, Duffy, Webster, McAllister, Edwards, Palazuelos, Ralls, Lawrence, Moore, Hayter (Hoskins, 90).
Unused subs: Twumasi, Lanzoni, Dawson, Grant, Davis, Dunn (g/k).
Referee: Robert Madley (England).
Attendance: 6,931 (including 2,074 away supporters).