Bournemouth are turning their Chapel Gate home into a fortress as they continue their push for promotion in South League Premier Division 2 West.
The 3-0 win over Henley was Bournemouth’s fifth win in six home matches and leaves them fifth in the log going into the winter break, five points behind leaders Staines with a game in hand.
That they will make up in mid-January with a weekend double banker at home to PHC Chiswick and at promotion rivals Oxford BU the following day.
Unbeaten in their last seven games, five of which they have won with two drawn, Bournemouth controlled affairs against Henley with a goal by Matt Underwood separating the sides at the half-time break.
Henley’s goalkeeper pulled off numerous fine saves as Bournemouth strove without success to increase their lead – one effort from Charlie Cooper, headed for the top corner, being tipped around the post.
Bournemouth lost the experienced Sam Bury to an injury and then had a let off as Henley had a potential short corner equaliser disallowed.
Lions finally relived the pressure with two late goals – Cooper making it 2-0 with a waspish reverse stick shot and Conor Moors scoring his 11th goal of the season from a penalty corner drag flick in the final phase.
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