Cherries demolish Shakers

Matt Ritchie scored his first goal since his January transfer

from Swindon as Bournemouth beat Bury 4-1.

Ritchie restored Bournemouth’s lead with a key second goal 10

minutes into the second half of a match they dominated without

turning their superiority into goals until late on.

When Brett Pitman fired Bournemouth into an eighth-minute lead

it looked as though the south-coast play-off contenders might

cruise to a comfortable win.

But cash-stricken Bury, who named only four substitutes, were

competitive opponents and when Craig Jones pounced on a slip by

home defender Dan Seaborne midway through the first half, the

dangerous Andy Bishop headed the visitors level.

Bournemouth were ultimately too strong though and once Ritchie

had restored their lead with a cracking shot from the edge of the

box, the outcome was seldom in doubt.

Bournemouth scored twice more in the last 10 minutes – Harry

Arter rifling a shot into the roof of the net and then Matt Tubbs

scoring the fourth after stepping off the substitutes’ bench.