Following the introduction of AFC Bournemouth’s new Powerchair Football team, this month both sides played their first league fixtures.
Kicking off first, the AFC Bournemouth Warriors development squad travelled to Hatfield for their first round of fixtures in the South East Powerchair Football League. The Development Squad made an excellent start to the season, with two wins on the day.
Their first game against an established Reading PFC side ended 3-1 in favour to the Cherries despite Reading taking an early lead. Regan scored the first AFC Bournemouth Powerchair goal after putting away Adam’s corner.
The second game saw the side face Faversham, Regan helped the team into an early lead scoring directly from kick off, with just thirteen seconds on the clock.
The team gelled well and played some fantastic football throughout. A second goal was on the cards for the Cherries followed by an important spell of goalkeeping from Chris to keep the team in the lead.
To secure their second victory, Regan scored another two goals to see the Cherries win 4-0.
Additionally, the AFC Bournemouth Warriors first team travelled for their opening league fixtures of the 2018/19 season. Across the weekend, the Cherries played a total of four games, taking six points after a superb Sunday.
Saturday saw two defeats to recently relegated Manchester United and Muscle Warriors. The game against United was close, however the team scored after ten minutes gone despite some fantastic defending from AFC Bournemouth.
Following their defeat to Manchester United, the Cherries faced the well-established Championship side, Muscle Warriors. The first half was very open with chances at both ends, however neither could find the goal.
It wasn’t until the second half when Muscle Warriors were able to get in front, scoring two quick goals from the restart. A late goal, just before full time ensured that the Warriors took all the points.
Sunday’s fixtures were to go very differently, with AFC Bournemouth scoring a total of ten goals and winning their two fixtures in excellent fashion. Starting the day with a game against Telford PFC, wingers Josh and Ryan linked up nicely to create the first AFC Bournemouth goal and score the only strike of the half.
Following a passionate half time talk, the Cherries came out fighting, putting another four goals past Telford with a hat-trick from Ryan and a solo effort from Regan who scored from within his own half to finish the game off.
Following the excitement of winning their first game, the AFC Bournemouth side went into the WBA Dudley game with a very positive attitude and plenty of confidence. Josh continued his scoring streak, as he scored the first two goals of the game in quick succession. Ryan netted the third Cherries goal just before half time.
The second half started a bit more evenly, with WBA Dudley making a couple of changes. With just five minutes left on the clock, Josh finished an indirect free-kick to complete his first ever hat-trick for the club, with Regan scoring one final time to finish the game 5-0.
Speaking about the introduction of AFC Bournemouth’s Powerchair teams, Head of Community Steve Cuss said, “We were delighted to start our fixtures as AFC Bournemouth and we’re very pleased with the performances in the opening round of games. We are very much looking forward to seeing the team progress and enjoy the season.”