Aug 2 Pre-Season Friendly AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City Att 3102

Last updated : 03 August 2003 By Phil Henstridge
On a glorious afternoon Premiership Leicester City opened the scoring with barely a minute on the clock. Carl Fletcher was turned on the edge of the box by Paul Dickov allowing Les Ferdinand to rifle home past Neil Moss.

Even with Leicester starting the brighter, it was soon clear that Bournemouth were not going to roll over and give Leicester an easy ride. Man-on-a-mission, Danny Thomas, was particularly lively down the Cherries left, challenging and hassling the Leicester right flank. Chances were presented, but were wasted as both Browning and Carl Fletcher missed the target. Other chances were easily dealt with by the towering Leicester defence.

HT: 0-1

The second half started much brighter for Bournemouth as three changes were made to the starting line up. Off went Connell, Thomas and Thomson for Young, Elliott and Hayter. Immediately Bournemouth set about Leicester. Particularly impressive was the partnership of Young and Elliott down the right flank who tore down Leicester's left - they didn't seem to quite what to do with the pair!!

It was no surpirse that the Bournemouth equaliser came from the right side. An excellent passing move between Hayter and Young found Younger inside the area to shoot past Ian Walker in the Leicester goal!! Not often we've see that!!

Numerous other changes were made to the 11 on the pitch. They saw the introduction of Marc Canham (trialist from Colchester), Holmes, John Purches, Saadi, Skelton (trialist from Luton), and Thomson (trialist from Crystal Palace). Of the subs, I was impressed with Canham who was lively in midfield as well as the youthful running and eagerness of Saadi.

AFCB: Moss, S Purches, Maher, C Fletcher, Cummings, O'Connor, Browning, Thomas, Thomson, S Fletcher, Connell
Subs: Harvell (for Moss 87), Young (for Thomson 46), Elliott (for Thomas 46), Holmes (for S Fletcher 57), J Purches (for C Fletcher 87), Saadi (for Maher 80), Thomson (for O'Connor 68), Hayter (for Connell 46), Canham (for S Purches 57), Skelton (for Browning 76)