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Northampton Town vs AFC Bournemouth U21s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


Northampton Town

, Matt Warburton x3

AFC Bournemouth U21s

, Jaidon Anthony x2 , Jake Cope
FT 9th July 2019 5:00 PM
Pinatar Arena

Six-goal thriller for under-21s

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth


Two goals from Jaidon Anthony and a late Jake Cope strike secured an impressive 3-3 draw for the AFC Bournemouth under-21s against League Two Northampton Town.

Two goals from Jaidon Anthony and a late Jake Cope strike secured an impressive 3-3 draw for the AFC Bournemouth under-21s against League Two Northampton Town.

The game at Pinatar Arena was Shaun Cooper’s side’s first fixture of the pre-season calendar and they played superbly in the three 30 minute intervals of the encounter.

The opener for the Cherries was a goal of real class and quality, with the team bravely playing out from the back to allow Anthony and Keelan O’Connell to play a sublime one-two in the area - with Anthony on hand to round off the move with a precise finish.

After withstanding some pressure from set pieces, the Cherries almost had a second when Will Dennis pinged a sensational pass over the top of the Cobblers’ defence.

Jake Scrimshaw latched onto it and almost poked it past the keeper unopposed, but the ball just rolled narrowly out of the striker’s path.

But the second goal did come 35 minutes in, and it came from another real moment of class.

George Hunt slid a brilliant ball down the channel for Anthony on the left-wing.

He cut inside onto his right foot and curled his shot majestically into the bottom corner.

With 45 minutes on the clock, Shaun Cooper rotated his entire side and only a crucial save from Dennis kept it at 2-1 five minutes into the half.

But the Cobblers were given a way back into the game as Matt Warburton dispatched a penalty.

And the League Two side were level when they stole the ball high up the pitch and Warburton was in the box to convert again.

For the first time in the game with eight minutes remaining, Keith Curle’s team had the lead, and Warbuton a hat-trick, with the striker finishing well in the box.

But the young Cherries continued to battle with the experienced Cobblers and their hard work paid off with the last kick of the game.

Scrimshaw showed great determination with barely any time on the clock to harry and press the back line, and with an open goal he squared it to Cope to tap in on the line.

It was on the whole, a superb display against an experienced team, and boss Cooper said: “The result is a massive positive and I'm really pleased with the way the boys handled it physically, they stood up to different tests - in particular defending set pieces.

"We let the boys try and solve the problems and they competed so bravely.

"The first two goals were outstanding, in the first there were some real nice combinations, and the second was a great finish.

"It was the exact finish Jaidon was working on in the warm up so credit to Gaz Stewart on that one.

"Our attacking players look bright and sharp and we're really pleased."

Photos courtesy of Pete Norton.


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