Forest Green Rovers Under 18s were unlucky as they fell to a 4-1 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
On a foggy morning in Cirencester, Rovers faced Premier League academy side AFC Bournemouth at the Royal Agricultural University.
The home side were unfortunate to concede early on after Cherries striker Jake Scrimshaw’s powerful header was too much for Declan Lehmann to keep out.
Rovers struggled to create chances against a physical Bournemouth side and found themselves 2-0 down after 30 minutes with Scrimshaw involved once again, this time finding teammate Jake Cope in the box to slot home, giving Lehmann no chance in goal.
Bournemouth threatened early on in the second half, with Cope again finding himself free on the edge of the box and skimming his shot off the post.
With first team manager Mark Cooper watching on, the home side started the second half brightly, pulling a goal back through a wonder strike from winger Oliver Artwell after his looping effort beat the goalkeeper and nestled into the far corner to make it 2-1.
Artwell continued to threaten the Bournemouth defence, this time linking up well with Dan Ogunleye down the left, with the striker’s header deflecting just wide of the post.
The Cherries restored their two-goal lead though, with Scrimshaw scoring his second of the game with a creative flick from a whipped free-kick.
Scrimshaw completed his hat-trick in added time to seal an away win for Bournemouth – this time Tom Hanfrey’s lobbed ball was collected by the striker, keeping composed and finishing past Lehmann on a difficult afternoon for the hosts after a two-week break.
Rovers now turn their attention to preparations for an away trip to Newport County on Saturday, November 3.