CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe has gone head-to-head against his players at a team-building exercise with a difference.

Eddie and AFCB coaches took on players to see who could finish first at Bournemouth's escape room attraction, The MacGuffin Project.

Hopefully, it will be the only escaping the players will be doing this season - despite the team hovering in the bottom three after just three Premier League games.

AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis said: "We had a great afternoon at The MacGuffin Project.

"It was something that took us out of our comfort zone and is very different to being on the pitch, but just like playing, is all about team work and togetherness.

"It is a place that challenges you mentally and everyone had a great time. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone."

The MacGuffin Project, based in Old Christchurch Road, offers visitors the chance to 'escape from reality by immersing themselves in the dark but forgotten world of the long forgotten MacGuffin Carnival.'

Teams work together to solve a number of puzzles.

The MacGuffin Project co-founder Claire Timbrell said: "It was great fun having the Cherries in for a team building exercise. So often team building is thought of as a corporate exercise but we can offer something truly unique, exciting and different from the norm, which makes it popular with sports teams too.

"Last month we had 30 London Irish Rugby players in to take on The MacGuffin Machine."