Match Report: Poole Town U23s 7 – 1 Christchurch U23

The U23s picked up their first win of the season in the Hampshire Combination & Development League West with a resounding win over Christchurch.

Dolphins again opted to give game time to first-team regulars Josh Carmichael, Joe Wickham and Will Fletcher, but early on Elliot Rossiter impressed the most.

Poole carved open the away side with an incisive pass into Rossiter, who calmly knocked the ball through the onrushing goalkeeper to calmly slot the ball home after just four minutes.

Young Dolphins wouldn’t have to wait very long for their next chance, which was also converted. Joe Wickham strode into the area, smashing it past the goalkeeper with ease.

Christchurch didn’t offer much resistance for the third either – with a few attempts to derail Rossiter, who again managed to skip past the goalkeeper and tap in his second of the evening.

Poole should have made it four as Will Fletcher sent a placed shot narrowly across the face of goal.

Fortunately for Dolphins, the first-teamer would make amends seconds later. After finding his run into the box held up by two Christchurch defenders, Fletcher worked the ball around to the find the perfect angle to blast home for Dolphins’ fourth.

Rossiter was denied his hat-trick shortly after, with the away goalkeeper getting a glove to the shot to send it onto the post.

Fletcher was next to find the woodwork, as his emphatic effort rattled the crossbar. A danger throughout, Fletcher then drew a fine tipped save from Christchurch’s shotstopper via a looping header.

The second half Poole kept up the intensity, with Will Fletcher drawing two solid stops within the opening five minutes.

Eventually Fletcher would get a second, bundling over a corner from close range on 55 minutes. Poole were still pouring forward in multiple numbers, and another siege on the Christchurch goal eventually led to Fletcher being felled in the box.

Making no mistake from the spot, Fletcher thumped home his hat-trick to give Dolphins a 6-0 lead.

The away side did have chances of their own, and eventually earnt a consolation. Harry Rupp made a fine initial save, but Christchurch reacted quickest to the rebound, with their number 10 smashing the ball home.

Whilst the game slowed down slightly in pace, Poole still wanted more, and just before the 90th minute mark made it seven. Wickham and Rossiter slipped through an attempted offside trap, with Wickham unselfishly cutting it back to Rossiter for the second hat-trick of the game.

Very comfortable for the Dolphins, with a further positive of another 90 minutes for Josh Carmichael.

Dolphins: Rupp (g/k), Lee, Medway, Pritchard, MacArthur, Wooley (Wilkinson 76′), Rossiter, Carmichael, Fletcher, Greenwood, Wickham

Unused subs: Clemt, Foden

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