Date: 19th September 2018 at 6:27pm
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On Tuesday night Dean Court hosted a Hampshire Senior Cup clash between AFC Bournemouth and Eastleigh.

The Cherries named Tyrone Mings, Jack Simpson, Marc Pugh and Junior Stanislas in the starting XI from the first team.

AFC Bournemouth progressed on the night with an emphatic 8-1 victory.

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We went last night, not only a chance to see our boys play, but we also know the dads of 2 of the Eastleigh players. Good to see the club taking all the cups seriously and playing some first-teamers : ) Very one-sided, could have doubled our score, theirs was a “Worldeee ” and their only shot on target. No ‘Caroline but some had their clappers : )

A couple of things struck me. I was thinking, Eastleigh had a lot of kids out and they’re a National League club, bit unfair playing against the likes of Pugh and Mings. Then it occurred to me they were playing at that level at the Eastleigh lads age. They’ve both worked exceptionally hard to get where they are now, Pughie especially, a winger without blinding pace, he must’ve spent ages practising his twists and turns. His close control is almost like a magician’s sleight of hand. All 3 of the older 1st teamers were committed and playing for the team, no ( unnecessary showboating or sulking ). Pughie has been a favourite of ours ever since we ended up in the same hotel as he uncle, up in Shrewsbury ( however many years ago? )

Also remembered a few years back, during Eddie Howe’s Burnley Sojourn, watching an FA Youth Cup? tie against AFC Totton’s youth team. Paul Groves, Shaun Brooks and ( a young, enthusiastic lad, can’t remember his, didn’t last long upon the Prodigal’s return ) were in charge of our youths. What a contrast to last night, struggled to a draw after 120 minutes and lost on penalties. Hardly a shot in anger or on target all night. The young lad would jump out of the dugout, shouting encouraging, attacking instructions, 3 forward passes and we’re near their penalty area. The Groover would appear from the dugout, suck his teeth, make calming gestures, 3 passes later we’re back on our penalty area. Brokesie would copy whichever one was showing.

Writing that I’ve just remembered Oxford away in the League cup under PG (shudder ). They could have spent all the money Eddie has and we still wouldn’t be able to get promoted back to League 1 : )

The returning Junior Stanislas told Sky Sports

“I said before the game training has been going well, but to get out on the pitch and get some minutes, regardless of the opposition – it’s just good to be out there.

“It felt a bit weird being on the pitch again but in a good way. Two minutes into the game you start getting your bearings.

“I just tried to do the running side of things today. Getting the work in is the most important thing for me and it was nice to come out with a goal.”

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