Beaconsfield Town 2
Poole Town 1
A limp Poole performance was heavily impacted by injuries to Tony Lee and Will Spetch, with Beaconsfield winning 2-1.
Poole made only one change to the side that won 6-2 last weekend, with the incoming Luke Pardoe in place of Sean Wright.
That personnel change led to a formation change, with Dolphins reverting to four at the back.
In an even yet full throttle start, both teams looked to move the ball quickly and get it into dangerous areas.
This tactic would pay off quickly for the away side, with Tony Lee scuffing a Luke Pardoe cross past Aymen Azaze to open the scores on 9 minutes.
The opener failed to swing momentum in Poole’s favour, with the game continuing in the tight fashion it began.
Beaconsfield found an equaliser via Aaron Minhas, who turned home a Callum Webb cross on 25 minutes.
Shortly after Poole felt they should have had an opportunity to retake the lead from the spot when Tony Lee was clearly felled in the area.
One-on-one with Azaze, Lee beat the lanky goalkeeper to the ball – squeezing it past him and towards the goal. Despite getting none of the ball and clearly taking Lee out, Azaze went unpunished.
Dolphins would have felt doubly aggrieved as they incident forced Tony Lee off with injury.
Neither side could produce anything of note prior to the break. The second half saw another injury for Poole that again forced a reshuffle – with Will Spetch coming off.
The uncertainty in formation saw Beaconsfield score a near carbon copy of the first, with a dangerous cross from Kaine Kennedy-Sinclair turned in by a Poole defender under pressure.
Now in the lead, Beaconsfield were more than content to hit Poole on the break – as well as break up any Dolphins’ counters with cynical fouls.
Neither side generated much of note after Beaconsfield’s second, with Poole sending aimless balls up towards makeshift strikers Luke Burbidge and Jamie Whisken.