The Cherries took no prisoners in their first pre-season friendly as they thrashed New Milton 13-0 at Fawcett’s Field.
A hat-trick from Matt Tubbs, a brace from Lewis Grabban and a goal from Josh McQuoid sent the Cherries into half-time six goals up. A fresh XI was unleashed in the second-half, and the pressure was certainly maintained - largely thanks to Marc Pugh, who scored three. Wes Thomas bagged a double before Joe Partington rounded off an incredibly one-sided match.
The visitors played with more conviction from the first whistle and it took just seven minutes for the Cherries to break the deadlock. Grabban played in Tubbs, who coolly slotted home with his left-foot.
A minute later, it was two. Barrett played an audacious long ball to the mobile Simon Francis, who headed a first-time pass to Grabban, who scored his first ever goal for the Cherries with a composed finish.
New Milton nearly reduced the deficit when Linnets' winger Matt Malloy hit a half-volley just wide.
Josh McQuoid came close to scoring the first goal of his second spell at AFC Bournemouth, but defender Bradley Morms made a vital block.
Tubbs got his second of the night when the ex-Crawley forward got hold of a through ball and calmly found the net.
McQuoid then created the fourth when he raced down the right and crossed in for Grabban, who converted from close range for his second of the night.
The two combined again ten minutes before half-time as McQuoid’s effort flew over the bar, before the lively Grabban hit a left-footed shot just wide.
McDermott then seized possession of the ball skilfully, before hammering his shot off the post – and then raced to meet his own rebound, but his cross failed to reach an attacker.
Tubbs completed his hat-trick two minutes before half-time with a neat finish before McQuoid made it six with a classy strike just before the half-time whistle.
Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks rang the changes at half-time and fielded a brand new XI for the second 45.
The Cherries new-look side kept up the momentum in the second-half with the lion's share of possession, and it didn’t take long before another goal was added.
Thomas and Fletcher combined with a clever one-two, before Thomas smashed home to make it seven.
Ten minutes later and the Cherries made it eight. Mark Molesley found space down the right and delivered a dangerous cross which was tapped in by Pugh.
The goalscorer nearly turned provider after he laid up Steve Fletcher, but the 39-year-old’s fierce effort was straight at Linnets' goalkeeper Mike Hooknay.
An impressive team goal followed immediately after, with Pugh netting his second in quick succession with a nicely curled finish.
The Cherries reached double figures when Pugh’s pass fell to Thomas, and his effort smashed off the rebound from close range – but his blushes were spared when he comfortably netted the rebound.
Shaun MacDonald came close to scoring after powerfully finding space and forcing Hooknay into a smart save - before Charlie Daniels added another with a close-range finish.
Thomas then rattled the post after a one-on-one with Hooknay before Pugh bagged another tap-in to make it twelve.
Hooknay then made a terrific double save – first saving from MacDonald before Partington was denied with the follow-up. But moments after, Partington did manage his name on the scoresheet with a composed strike to make it thirteen.
13-0 was how it finished as the referee ended the one-sided affair, and the Cherries can take as much encouragement from the overall performance as they can the scoreline.
Cherries first-half: Flahavan, Francis, Barrett, Cook, Strugnell, Arter, McDermott, Gregory, McQuoid, Grabban, Tubbs.
Goalscorers: Tubbs (3), Grabban (2), McQuoid.
Cherries second-half: Jalal, Bowles, Zubar, Addison, Daniels, MacDonald, Molesley, Partington, Pugh, Thomas, Fletcher.
Goalscorers: Thomas (2), Pugh (3), Daniels, Partington.