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.