CHERRIES goalkeeper Cameron Plain insisted his loan spell at Wimborne Town had helped him learn “different sides of football”.

The young stopper, who has been a regular starter in Southern League South at Cuthbury this season, helped Alan Connell’s men into the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday.

Plain kept a clean sheet as Cherries’ sealed a 1-0 victory over Cardiff to progress.

And the talented keeper, who agreed loan terms at Wimborne in the summer, admitted he was thankful for experiencing senior men’s football.

He told afcbTV: “Bournemouth like to play out a lot but when you are on loan, you learn different sides of football.

“The last 25 or 30 minutes of that game (against Cardiff) really showed the experience I’ve got from playing at Wimborne and all the other teams I’ve been on loan at before.

“I think the boys personally dug in. it was a real man’s performance out there, especially from my experience being out on loan.

“I don’t really get to play with the boys that much but it looked like a real men’s team out there, it was really good and nice to see.”

Plain did however endure a nervy moment late on against the Bluebirds, scrambling off the line after firing a clearance straight at substitute James Crole in stoppage time.

“I think if you watched the game you could see I was struggling a bit out of my hands,” the gloveman added.

“I saw the man to my left and I thought ‘if I spilled it out that way, at worst he was going to come in and I’d just clear it’.

“The next thing I know the guy sprinted in at me and I kicked it into him. Luckily, I cleared it off the line.”

Plain could be involved when Wimborne make the trip to Taunton Town on Saturday (3pm).

Cherries under-18s tomorrow take on Cambridge at Newmarket Town (12.30pm) in a Youth Alliance Cup semi-final.