Nov 12 LDV Vans Trophy Second Round AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Leyton Orient Att: 2724

Last updated : 18 November 2002 By Andy Burton
These two teams must deploy the same tactics when ever they meet as they cancelled each other out in the League match last month, and they practically did so again this evening!!

It wouldn't have been so bad, but for the first 66 minutes the game dragged on needing something to give it a kick in to life. There was the odd chance in the first half, but that fell to Wade Elliott, whose effort didn't trouble the keeper. So, I hear you cry!! What happened on 66 minutes? Well I'll tell you, Steve Fletcher made an appearance for the hapless Narada.

As soon as Papa Fletch came on it galavised the squad in to more positive action and the chances began to come against a particularly dodgy keeper. Feeney, Holmes, and Big Fletch himself all had chances which were too easy for their keeper to deal with. One chance though, from Feeney, did have the keeper at full stretch to tip away!!

Just when the whole show was going to roll on to golden goal extra time and penalties, Feeney struck a magnificent shot from 25 yards or so to bury the ball in to the top right corner. To show how deep in to the 3rd minute of injury time we were, both sides didn't have a chance to kick off again when the ref (thankfully) blew his whistle!!

Frustrating, but ultimately satisfying!!

My man of the match is Carl Fletcher - his hard work in defence was superb

AFCB: Moss, S Purches, Broadhurst, C Fletcher, Narada, Elliott, Hayter, O'Connor, Thomas, Feeney
Subs: Stewart, S Fletcher (for Narada on 66), J Purches, Foyewa
Andy Burton, Portsmouth