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FT 17th October 2017 2:00 PM
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Wilson nets hat-trick in under-21s victory

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Callum Wilson continued his comeback trail with a hat-trick for the under-21s as they were 4-2 winners away to Southend United.

Wilson now has five goals in his last two outings for Carl Fletcher's side as he continues his return to match fitness, while Tyler Cordner netted the other how as the Cherries came from behind to win.

After a fast start, the young Cherries found themselves a goal down after 15 minutes, when a Shrimpers man was allowed a free header from a corner and he glanced it past Jordan Holmes.

But in the 37th minute, the visitors were level from a set play of their own, when Kyle Taylor - who was lively throughout - whipped in a high ball which Cordner was there to head in.

It was the centre-back's first goal in the 21s set up after earning his professional contract at the end of last season, and ensured the scores were level at half time.

Fletcher wanted his men to pass the ball quicker in the second half, and it yielded results as his side enjoyed a dominant start to the second period.

Wilson, Connor Mahoney and Mikael Ndjoli all had good opportunities within the first five minutes of the half, but Wilson was able to notch his first of the afternoon after 53 minutes.

Mahoney's excellent effort from 20-yards was well saved by the 'keeper, but the striker was razor sharp to latch onto the rebound and finish emphatically in the box.

Five minutes later, Holmes kept the Cherries ahead with an excellent double save, but he couldn't prevent the scores being levelled after 67 minutes, when the Southend striker was left free to slot into the bottom right corner.

Ndjoli then went close but with eight minutes to go, the visitors' attacking endeavours were rewarded when Wilson was dragged down in the box, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot.

The striker swiftly picked up the ball and then sent the 'keeper the wrong way, calmly placing the ball into the bottom left corner.

But Wilson wasn't finished there and secured his hat-trick with five minutes remaining.

Taylor and substitute Antonio Diaz combined to devastating effect - Taylor slipped Diaz in with a deft pass before the latter, with his back to goal, backheeled a sublime flick which Wilson was alert to tap in.

That rounded off a topsy-turvy encounter which not only saw a young side come from behind, but also saw Wilson strive further towards the first team picture.

Team: Holmes (c); Seaman, Hobson, Cordner, Morrison (Gilella 86); Mahoney, Vincent, Ofoborh, Taylor; Ndjoli (Diaz 75), Wilson.

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