Boscombe didn’t have things all their own way in bearing Western League Welton Rovers in the first round of the FA Cuup at Dean Court today, but were really never in trouble against a team which promised much in mid-field but lacked punch in attack.
Boscombe, too, missed several chances, but they scored twice through Chris Weller in the first half and added a late third in the game from John Hold, making his FA Cup debut.
Boscombe were unchanged following an improved display at Mansfield where they lost narrowly by one goal to nil. Welton, also beaten 1-0 in their last match, made on change, recalling Boxley for Watts, who was named as substitute.
Bournemouth: Jones; Gulliver, Stocks; Ashworth, Jimmy White, Rodney Taylor; Bumstead, Norton, Hold, Weller and Naylor. Sub: Tommy Taylor.
Welton Rovers: Norman; Burt, Comer; Slocombe, Prosser, Pierce; Collett, Allen, Henderson, Boxley and Watkins. Sub: Watts.
Referee: C.H. Nicholls (Plymouth).
There were cheers for both teams, the Rovers all in white and the Cherries in a complete red strip, and the Welton supporters kept up a chant until the kick-off.
Boscombe’s early left-wing thrust brought Norman out of his goal but there was no problem for Welton with the Boscombe forwards being trapped offside.
Welton’s first raid had White clearing from Henderson but Comer pounced on the centre-half’s kick and sent Welton back.
Boscombe managed to scramble the ball away but Welton kept up the pressure and made ground down the left with a throw-in.
A long clearance by Jones was headed out by Weller/ Welton advanced down the right with help from two touch throws.
Collect cut in well but Allen was a little slow to see the opening and Boscombe were able to clear.
The best move of the match so far saw Rodney Taylor and Hold split the Welton defence only to find Weller in an office position.
When Norton moved forward to join Bosom’s two-pronged attack of Hold and Weller he shot wide. with a second effort he ran the ball too far ahead.
Gulliver brought down Watkins near the left corner flag but Boscomve had no trouble in clearing the free kick.
HIGH AND WIDE
A long clearance from Jones was headed on by Hold to Bumstead whose fine centre was headed away to Ashworth’s feet for the wing half to shoot high and wide.
Offside checked both attacks in turn and then Norton was slow to take advantage of a clear opening and saw goalkeeper Norman come out to dive on the ball at his feet.
Welton were certainly finding their men and using space effectively in the early stages, and they forced the first corner of the match in the 14th minute, over the right.
The ball floated high for Henderson who was just beaten by Jones’ fist.
Watkins pounced and cracked the ball into the goalmouth where Henderson allowed it to slide off the inside of his foot to the consternation of Bsomcbe defenders who watched it strike the foot of the post before they could clear.
Boscombe still had not settled in the 25th minute when Norton put through WELLER for the inside-left to draw the goalkeeper and side-foot the ball into the net in spite of last-ditch efforts by Comer.
Boscombe swamped Welton in the next few minutes, seeking another quick goal, but Hold found his way barred, Norton couldn’t get in a shot and Bumstead’s effort was charged down.
Chris Weller had two chances for Boscombe in as many minutes, shooting wide when put through by Hold and missing the goal once more as ‘keeper Norman advanced.
Welton, after a quiet spell, moved effectively down both wings, especially on the left, where Watkins’ cross was tipped over the bar by Jones as Henderson hurtled into the net.
Bosley and Allen moved through well for Welton but were unable to connect with Henderson who had wandered from the centre.
Stocks and Taylor checked their next raid, and so Welton switched once more to the left, where neither Allen nor Watkins could get through.
Boscombe’s tactics paid off a second time in the 43rd minute, when WELLER burst through on a Bumstead pass and steered the ball just inside the post as Norman came out to him.
A Welton gesture of defiance came from Boxley, whose over-head kick was taken diving by Jones.
Boscombe ……. 2
Welton Rovers ……. 0
There was a lively start by Welton in the second half, but this time there were three clear-cut chances.
First fell to Collett whose shot was saved by Jones on the line. Then came a Henderson header with the goalkeeper again pouncing on the line. Allen spoiled a fine run by shooting wide.
Boscombe’s attacks were easily held during this period, although twice a close off-side decision checked them, and once Weller got his foot to the ball to make Norman save.
Hold was just short of a pass from Weller and then as Welton hit back, Henderson had a great chance following a mistake by Gulliver.
The full-back pushed the ball straight to Watkins, who sent Henderson away but although the centre-forward side-stepped the advancing Jones, he was unable to get in a shot or to find one of his colleagues.
It was Boscombe’s turn soon after this, with John Hold providing the danger with a header from Bumstead which sailed just over the bar.
Then there were cheers for Gulliver as the full-back raced half the length of the field waiting for a return pass from Weller — but when he got into the Welton penalty area he couldn’t get the ball under control to shoot.
A fine pass out of the centre circle by Norton sent Hold away and the centre-forward, after beating one man and stabbing the ball too far ahead, nearly got to it before Norman came out to clear.
There was little danger now from the Welton forward line. The tall Henderson was a lone figure in the centre — until one or other of the wingers suddenly came into the game.
There was an instance of this when Collett broke away. Hones was there to get his hands to the ball before the Rovers’ centre-forward could connect.
Gulliver raced through to the edge of the Welton penalty area in another vain bid to get in a shot.
Desperate measures were needed to keep the Boscombe goal intact as Watkins and Boxley joined forces on the left.
Hold was in action again as he chased a through ball from Taylor and he did well to connect as goalkeeper Norman came out to challenge.
The ball trickled away from the pair towards the line, but Comer was there to clear for Welton.
OVER THE BAR
Hold was off-side in Boscombe’s next attack and then Weller was sent through by Bumstead for what looked certain to be a third goal. He cut in from the right as the goalkeeper came out but got too much height on his shot and saw it go well over the bar.
Four minutes from the end Weller’s persistence was rewarded when Norman and Burt got in a mix-up at the edge of the area and the full-back had to make a hurried clearance to the right.
Weller was there, turning the ball back into the centre before Welton could recover, and HOLD side-footed home. Result:
Boscombe ……. 3
Updated 11:27 - 26 Nov 2016 by Gareth Paisey
Welton Rovers ……. 0