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Connell and Cooper run rule over players on derby day

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AFC Bournemouth under-18s’ coach Alan Connell was more than an interested spectator at Dorchester Town’s Dorset derby with Wimborne Town.

Four members of Connell’s squad were involved as Dorchester secured a 1-0 victory to claim the bragging rights over their Southern Premier South rivals at the Avenue Stadium.

Jack Torniainen finished up on the winning team as James Stokoe’s second-minute own goal settled the issue in favour of the hosts.

Stokoe turned Neil Martin’s free-kick past luckless Wimborne goalkeeper Cameron Plain, one of three Cherries players in the visitors’ starting line-up.

Harvey Bertrand and Ben Greenwood were handed their debuts by Wimborne boss Danny Holmes having signed work experience loan deals on the eve of the contest.

Connell told afcb.co.uk: “It was interesting to see the lads play in a different environment and experience a different way of playing where winning the game means absolutely everything.

“These will be the challenges they will face in their first-team careers. All four of them acquitted themselves well.” 

Luke Pardoe, another member of Connell’s under-18s, was sent off in the closing stages of Poole Town’s 1-1 draw against Blackfield & Langley at Gang Warily.

Pardoe received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card six minutes from time.

AFC Bournemouth under-21s’ coach Shaun Cooper was among the crowd to see Tom Hanfrey complete 90 minutes for the Watersiders and Luke Nippard come off the bench for the Dolphins as a 65th-minute replacement for Josh Carmichael.

Will Spetch drew first blood for Poole after 31 minutes before Hanfrey supplied the assist for Hisham Kasimu to level five minutes into the second half.

Tyrell Hamilton came off the bench in the final minute as Gosport Borough triumphed 1-0 against strugglers Beaconsfield Town at Holloways Park.

Ryan Woodford netted the only goal for the visitors after 51 minutes with Hamilton replacing Matt Paterson in the closing stages.

SERIE A

Asmir Begovic’s full Serie A debut ended in defeat as Milan were beaten 2-1 by struggling Genoa at an empty San Siro yesterday.

Begovic, who replaced injured first-choice Gianluigi Donnarumma to make his 400th professional appearance, was powerless to prevent goals from Goran Pandev and Francesco Cassata giving the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead.

Although Milan rallied after the break and halved the deficit through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they could not find an equaliser and suffered their first home defeat since early November.

All Serie A matches are to be played behind closed doors until at least April 3rd due to coronavirus concerns.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Harry Arter (pictured above) twice went close to adding to his goal tally for Fulham as they battled out a 1-1 draw with fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Arter saw a right-footed effort flash past the post on the stroke of half-time before Nahki Wells headed the Robins into a 70th-minute lead.

Midfielder Arter, making his 21st appearance for the Cottagers, fired narrowly wide with a shot from 20 yards before Tom Cairney levelled for the visitors six minutes from time.  

Brad Smith looked on from the bench as Cardiff City registered a 2-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell.

Will Vaulks and Callum Paterson scored in the space of 60 seconds midway through the second half to earn the Bluebirds a first win in five games.

Alex Dobre was an unused substitute in Wigan Athletic’s largely uneventful 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Luton Town at the DW Stadium.

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

Matt Butcher made his seventh appearance for St Johnstone as they moved up to seventh thanks to a 1-0 win over Livingston at McDiarmid Park.

Butcher was restored to the Saints’ starting line-up having come off the bench during their 0-0 draw at St Mirren on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a midfield battle with former Cherries favourite Marvin Bartley as Callum Hendry bagged the only goal six minutes from time.

Since moving north of the border in January, Butcher has yet to taste defeat in the Premiership, winning two and drawing four of his six league games.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Jake Scrimshaw (pictured above) came off the bench to make his eighth appearance for Eastleigh in their 0-0 draw against Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.

Scrimshaw came on for Sam Smart in the 67th minute, the player he had replaced during their midweek win at Chorley.

NATIONAL SOUTH

Brennan Camp returned from injury to help Weymouth claim a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw with fellow promotion hopefuls Bath City at Twerton Park.

Camp was joined in the Terras starting line-up by Cherries team-mates Calum Ward, Shaun Hobson and Jaidon Anthony as Mark Molesley’s team climbed to third place.

A bumper crowd of 1,902 witnessed a hard-fought contest which left both teams on 60 points along with fourth-placed Slough Town.

ISTHMIAN PREMIER DIVISION

Tom Dinsmore was an unused substitute as Bognor Regis Town shared the points with struggling Merstham at Moatside.

Goals from Bobby Mills and Mitchal Gough put Merstham 2-0 ahead before the Rocks levelled through Dan Smith and Ashton Leigh to force a 2-2 draw.

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