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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Burchall & Bournemouth Draw with Watford

Amid torrential conditions, Ajani Burchall and his AFC Bournemouth Academy Under-18 teammates were pegged back late on in a 3-3 friendly draw with Watford at Canford Arena.

Euan Pollock continued his fine scoring streak with the opener, Watford level when a wind-assisted cross flew straight in.

Matt Burgess reinstated the home lead ahead of the break, Jake Adams extending the lead when he scored a third just before the hour.

Watford pulled one back via a deflection and then scrambled in a leveler in the final ten minutes, the match eventually finishing level.

Kicking-off amidst a heavy rainfall that had set in since the morning, both sets of players were soon struggling to keep their footing.

The away ‘keeper came to claim a through ball but lost sight in the conditions, allowing Aaron Roberts to pinch the ball and cut back from the byline, Pollock there to blast into the unguarded net for an early lead.

Josh Clarke pulled of a stunning blocking save during a melee where Watford couldn’t quite find the net, Tarik Gidaree blazing wide after a fine move as Bournemouth threatened a second.

Watford was well in the game and leveled when a cross from the right looped high and straight I’m over the stranded ‘keeper.

The redressed scoreline didn’t last for long, however. In the 43rd minute, a good individual move culminated in Burgess drilling home a low shot from 15 yards, the hosts ahead at the interval.

A Watford shot fizzed just wide from an angle five minutes after the restart, but it was Bournemouth who would next find the net.

Adams was the scorer this time after some good footwork and an assured finish.

A Jack Wadham-led push ended with a sliding shot off target from a team-mate, the home side in control before Watford pulled one back against the run of play.

A Watford shot was heavily deflected, giving Clarke no chance and reducing the home lead back to a single goal.

Some good Clarke handling kept the visitors out as the game clicked into the final stages, substitute Burchall slotting just wide for Bournemouth as things became stretched.

However, Watford did find an equalizer when the ball got caught in the sodden turf on the byline, a third goal forced home in a scramble.

Both sides battled for what would have been a late winner but with the sun surprisingly coming out late on proceedings finished all square.
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