Then a bad Quakers pass found Goulding who went forward diagonally from the left, jinked to his right & shot from the spot. The keeper parried it to Bartley who smashed it gleefully into the net. 1-0, 15 mins. Goulding seemed a little raw but made a decent target; usually on the last man, using strength. However, he'd need to win more against his marker. The game became frustrating - purple patches and dross from both sides. Cummings put in a good ball; behind Goulding, it allowed Igoe to scuff a shot badly. Then a long ball across the area & back saw Anderton shoot at the keeper.
A Quakers free from inside-left saw 2 headers, the second looping over Jalal. 1-1, 35 mins. Soon, a poor pass went to Igoe, who moved & passed diagonally forward left to Goulding. The stopper stuck out his foot; the ball went to the keeper's left, wrong-footing him. 2-1, 37 mins. However, for me the new system was not working properly - it covered gaps but let others open which Quakers tried to exploit, and the passing was not good enough. That will scupper any system. Many balls to Goulding were too strong. The Quakers winger came in from the right, gubbed Cummings & colleagues, & the ball was in the net. No defender complained, but the officials decided a forward was offside so disallowed the effort. So Cherries left the field with a barely-deserved lead.
At the restart, we had a new ref. Also, Sturrock replaced Goulding at that point; I'd not noticed an injury to either party. The new ref. wasn't any better than the other, & Sturrock was called (just) offside on his first foray. Both sides showed decent movement; more pressure by Quakers from a different formation showed up Bradbury's limitations; quite right for Quinn to look for a right-back since the game. However, Igoe linked with Sturrock to allow Bartley to side-foot to the keeper. Sturrock turned out to be a floater, rather than a target; a little more pace & determination might've been useful. But through balls were still too strong, although Igoe made a well-timed run. Incompetence led to 2 corners for both sides. Quakers pressure saw a Cherries break, Igoe feeding Bartley, but the cross was too long. Cummings was yellowed - persistent fouling, I presumed. Igoe battled, & fed Sturrock who drew the keeper but put it wide. Did the officials miss or ignore a fingertip? I said that his dad, "Luggy" Sturrock, would've buried it.
Cherries had a free & a corner, with no result. Quakers players were yellowed & talked to by the ref. - again, persistent fouling. Quakers subbed, going 3 at the back, so Pitman replaced Anderton on 82 to match it. That's standard good practice by a manager - but was beyond the dearly departed Bond. In truth, Anderton seems to be a fading force - the quality is seen less. Bartley was felled & the niggles exploded into a pile-in. The result - Pearce yellowed, & seemingly Cummings again - but he didn't march so it was just ref. histrionics. McQuoid replaced Bartley at the start of added time; the latter hobbled off to great acclaim. Pitman took a free, which went too wide to McQuoid who retrieved it, jinked towards the area, returned it to the Hitman who buried it right-footed just inside the keeper's left stick. 3-1, 90+2. Final whistle - relief, surprise, big happy! FT 3-1.
AFCB: Jalal, Bradbury, Pearce, Guyett, Cooper, Cummings, Anderton, Hollands, Bartley, Igoe, Goulding
Subs: Pryce, Ward, Sturrock (for Goulding, at HT), Pitman (for Anderton, 82 mins), McQuoid (for Bartley, 90 mins)