Good performances in our two games but we just could not get the ball in the net. A string of fine saves, misdirected shots, and the post denied BWFC 70+ the goals their play deserved.
This picture says it all really - "OK Derek, now what?"
On Sunday a 70+ team travels down to Ottery St Mary in Devon to play for the cup. It promises to be very hot day and Exeter and Troon (Cornwall) await the Strollers. We are fielding a much changed team and it will be interesting to see how it gels. In a practice game today the team lost 0 - 1 to the BWFC 60+ and it's clear that much better performances are required if they are to do well at Ottery.
Eastleigh 3 - 0 Bournemouth
Neither side dominated possession and there was a lot of quick precise passing from both sides. Eastleigh had most possession in their opponents half but Bournemouth looked comfortable despite losing their most influential midfielder after only a few minutes, and repelled the attacks. However two errors right on the edge of the penalty area before half time cost them dearly, and the half ended 2 - 0. In the second half Bournemouth pressed forward more and were beginning to dominate but were undone by a sharp Eastleigh move on the left of the penalty area.
Eastleigh fully deserved the victory but the six men of Bournemouth can feel proud of their efforts against a much more experienced cup team and can feel that the 0 - 3 scoreline does not properly reflect how close the game was.
BWFC played in their first WFA National Cup game today and the 50+ team had a 5 - 2 victory over Gosport.
Good news that there may still be a SW Super Cup for the over 70's which is likely to be held in Exeter in late June. The WFA had approved a final between Bournemouth Strollers and Troon (Cornwall) but there is now a possibility of other teams joining for a one day knockout competition. More news to follow.
Today we have two teams going to the first games of this year's Hampshire league which are being played at Stoneham Lane in Southampton.
Although the age group is set at 50+ it seemed last year that the majority of players were in reality 60+. Despite that the games were fast and the schedule relentless. Let's hope that the lads do as well as last year.
The first session is on Wednesday May 19th starting at 3:30pm. It will be held at the AFC Bournemouth 5-a-side pitch next to the Vitality Stadium.
BWFC send two 65+ teams on their 2.5hr journey to this tournament. It's a major event as it is truly regional with teams invited from across the South West. It promised to be a tough event but players had a chance to measure themselves against some of the best players and teams in the country and learnt a great deal.
The games were six a side and teams were divided into two pools with the top two in each pool going through to the semi-finals.
Bournemouth Coasters were in pool A with Weston-super-Mare, Abbeymead, and Oldlands.
The squad of Derek Kearey, Paul Nettleton, Neil Williams, Steve Skaith, Andy Phillips, and Derek Baker played very well and topped the pool. They went out in the semi-final against Exeter City after a penalty shootout.
Bournemouth Strollers were in pool B with Dorchester, Exeter City, and Highworth.
To coincide with the restart of walking football AFC Bournemouth launched season two of their league for players who attend their Tuesday session at Littledown. Teams have been rebalanced and include many players who have joined recently.
The biggest shock to date is that the 'sky blue' team who couldn't buy a win last season are unbeaten so far. It can't last!
BWFC will be entering teams in these events which are to be held at Weston super Mare AFC
- Over 60's on May 5th
- Over 65's on May 12
- Over 50's on May 23