Yeovil 1-3 Bournemouth: Parker's men advance to FA Cup fourth round

Yeovil 1-3 Bournemouth: Scott Parker’s men progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup after Emiliano Marcondes’ hat-trick sinks the National League side

  • Yeovil were defeated 3-1 by Championship side Bournemouth in the FA Cup
  • Emiliano Marcondes netting a hat-trick as his side advanced to the fourth round
  • Forward Joe Quigley brought a goal back for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough

There would be no invocations of the power of the famous slope at Yeovil’s old Huish Athletic Ground, no memories of Alec Stock’s team beating Sunderland, the Bank of England club of their day, back in 1949 and no flash backs to sepia-tinged romance.

Back in 1924, Bournemouth were the first of Yeovil’s 21 league victims that they have knocked out of the FA Cup, a record for a non-league club, which explains their place in FA Cup folklore. 

If there was a straw to be clutched at since their return to the National League in 2019 after relegation from League Two, it was that perhaps they might now add to this tally. Tin-foil, home-made FA Cups abounded in the home crowd in the earnest hope that they could.

Emiliano Marcondes netted a hat-trick as Bournemouth defeated Yeovil 3-1 in the FA Cup

Striker Marcondes helped his side to advance to the fourth round following his fine display

Yeovil (4-2-3-1) Barnes 7; Moss 6, Wilkinson 6, Hunt 6, Williams 6 (Wakefield 69, 6); Gorman 6 (Reid 87) Staunton 7; Barnett 6, Knowles 6, Worthington 7 (Lo-Everton 81); Quigley 7.5 (Yussuf, 81)

Subs: Evans, Bradley, Stephens, Robinson, Headley

Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Nyland 5; Moriah-Welsh 7.5, Mepham 7, Rossi 7, Davis 7 (Saydee, 85); Kilkenny 7, Pearson 7; Anthony 8 (Brady 63, 6.5) Marcondes 9, Rogers 6.5; Lowe 7

Subs: Dennis, Travers, Cook, Kelly, Stacey, Gidaree, Camp

Ref: Jeremy Simpson 6.5

Yet the 2022 version of the FA Cup had no time for harping on about the past at Huish Park, the more modern ground at which Yeovil now play. Ninety-eight years on from that 1924 upset, it turns out Bournemouth’s reserves are far too good for the successors of Stock’s team of giant-killers.

Of course, top of the Championship, Bournemouth have far weightier issues on their mind than the little old FA Cup. Hence their ten changes for this trek across Dorset to the edge of Somerset. 

Still, it is a day that will live long in the memory of Emiliano Marcondes, the Brazilian-Dane, who scored a fine hat-trick. His dad used to give him 10Krone or £1 when he scored a hat-trick when was a kid.

Hopefully his goal bonus this weekend will be somewhat more substantial. And it was also a significant date for Nathan Moriah Welsh, who made an accomplished first-team debut at right back.

All in all, Bournemouth pretty much dispelled Yeovil’s dreams before a capacity crowd could raise its voice in protest, which naturally pleased Scott Parker. ‘Winning becomes a habit and momentum is key’ he said. 

‘I wanted to use the squad but the most important thing was that we wanted to win. We have one of the youngest teams in the division, and with twenty years of playing, I know and you all know what Yeovil away in the FA Cup brings. 

Marcondes poked in from close range after Yeovil keeper Dillon Barnes failed to hold the ball

‘You are all here for an upset, the cameras are here for an upset and for players who have never experienced that, it can be tough. I explained to them what they need in these games – it’s not about quality, it’s about attitude. 

‘You could see the commitment Yeovil put in and upsets come from not understanding what attitude you need to put in and that’s what pleased me.’

Even as the freezing rain swept across the Somerset skyline early on, drenching the Bournemouth fans in the open terrace, their team looked composed and a class apart, Yeovil made their mark mostly by way of the second and eighth-minute bookings for Dale Gorman, taking out Morgan Rogers, and Matt Worthington tripping Jamal Lowe. 

It was a traditional non-league welcome but Bournemouth remained un-phased as Yeovil launched long throws and harried them into conceding corners. Indeed, the Championship leaders hadn’t created a serious chance when on 18 minutes Chris Mepham looked up from centre half and sent a raking ball over the top of Yeovil’s back four, in between centre half and right back. 

It really was far too simple for Marcondes to run in behind. Dan Moss did his best to recover but Marcondes cooly finished.

 The Brazilian-Dane was a standout performer throughout the contest for Bournemouth

Almost palpably, hope is sucked from an eager crowd in such circumstances. Yeovil recoiled as Jaidon Anthony sent in a looping shot from a well-worked corner that thudded off the far post on 22 minutes. 

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They survived that scare and stood firm for much of the rest of an unremarkable first half. But on 42 minutes, after Bournemouth had simply toyed with possession for a good three or four minutes, Anthony slid the ball in for Marcondes, who, with ‘keeper Dillon Barnes rushing out, simply slipped the ball past him to make it 2-0. 

Scott Parker clenched a first on the touchline and had he might have been forgiven had the thought ‘game over’ popped into his head.

And yet Yeovil refused to allow their historic reputation to slip away without a fight. They came out for the second half with a renewed intensity, pressing Bournemouth with a vigour and drive that belied that seemingly hopeless score-line. 

So it was that when Mepham calmly played the ball back to Orjan Nyland in goal on 48 minutes, that Tom Knowles slid in with the eagerness of a man determined not to surrender meekly. 

It was enough to unnerve the keeper and allow Knowles to get a toe in, which directed the ball to Joe Quigley. With Nyland stranded, he could make it 2-1 from six yards with utmost ease. It was just the lift Huish Park required. Every kick, tackle and pass was now roared as the stadium reverberated with the energy of hope restored.

 Marcondes, 26, celebrates after netting his sides second goal against the Somerset side

At least it did until the 70th minute, which was when Jamal Lowe executed a neat pull back which floored Max Hunt. His shot was parried by Barnes but only to Marcondes, who from close range completed his hat-trick. 

‘We wanted to step into the battle, and no one ever backed down and we made it messy for them at times,’ said Yeovil manager Darren Sarll. ‘We knew we had to rough it up a little bit. But I thought the players revealed great character. They deserved that, a little bit of hope but the third goal broke all the momentum we built.’ 

With the final kick of the game, Yeovil’s Ruben Reid had a shot cleared off the line by a sprawling, grounded Brennan Camp with what looked suspiciously like an arm. Even as the final whistle blew, Yeovil players were vehemently arguing their case for a penalty. It couldn’t be said they went down without a fight.

Yet the 2022 version of the FA Cup had no time for harping on about the past at Huish Park, the more modern ground at which Yeovil now play. Ninety-eight years on from that 1924 upset, it turns out Bournemouth’s reserves are far too good for the successors of Stock’s team of giant-killers.

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker was delighted with his sides efforts at full time

Of course, top of the Championship, Bournemouth have far weightier issues on their mind than the little old FA Cup. Hence their ten changes for this trek across Dorset to the edge of Somerset. 

Still, it is a day that will live long in the memory of Emiliano Marcondes, the Brazilian-Dane, who scored a fine hat-trick and Nathan Moriah Welsh, who made an accomplished first team debut at right back.

All in all, Bournemouth pretty much dispelled Yeovil’s dreams before a capacity crowd could raise its voice in protest.

Even as the freezing rain swept across the Somerset skyline early on, drenching the Bournemouth fans in the open terrace, they looked composed and a class apart, Yeovil made their mark mostly by way of the second and eighth-minute bookings for Dale Gorman, taking out Morgan Rogers, and Matt Worthington tripping Jamal Lowe. 

It was a traditional non-league welcome but Bournemouth remained un-phased as Yeovil launched long throws and harried them into conceding corners.

Indeed, the Championship leaders hadn’t created a serious chance when on 18 minutes Chris Mepham looked up from centre half and sent a raking ball over the top of Yeovil’s back four, in between centre half and right back. 

It really was far too simple for Marcondes to run in behind. Dan Moss did his best to recover but Marcondes cooly finished.

Almost palpably, hope is sucked from an eager crowd in such circumstances. Yeovil recoiled as Jaidon Anthony sent in a looping shot from a well-worked corner that thudded off the far post on 22 minutes. 

They survived that scare and stood firm for much of the rest of an unremarkable first half. But on 42 minutes, after Bournemouth had simply toyed with possession for a good three or four minutes, Anthony slid the ball in for Marcondes, who, with ‘keeper Dillon Barnes rushing out, simply slipped the ball past him to make it 2-0. 

Yeovil looked dejected after Bournemouth striker Marcondes netted his third of the match

Scott Parker clenched a first on the touchline and had he might have been forgiven had the thought ‘game over’ popped into his head. 

And yet Yeovil refused to allow their historic reputation to slip away without a fight. They came out for the second half with a renewed intensity, pressing Bournemouth with a vigour and drive that belied that seemingly hopeless score-line. 

So it was that when Mepham calmly played the ball back to Orjan Nyland in goal on 48 minutes, that Tom Knowles slid in with the eagerness of a man determined not to surrender meekly.

It was enough to unnerve the keeper and allow Knowles to get a toe in, which directed the ball to Joe Quigley. With Nyland stranded, he could make it 2-1 from six yards with utmost ease.

It was just the lift Huish Park required. Every kick, tackle and pass was now roared as the stadium reverberated with the energy of hope restored.

At least it did until the 70th minute, which was when Jamal Lowe executed a neat pull back which floored Max Hunt. His shot was parried by Barnes but only to Marcondes, who from close range completed his hat-trick. 

With the final kick of the game, Yeovil’s Ruben Reid had a shot cleared off the line by a sprawling, grounded Brennan Camp with what looked suspiciously like an arm. Even as the final whistle blew, Yeovil players were vehemently arguing their case for a penalty. It couln’ty be said they went down without a fight.




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