Cherries U18s lose Merit League opener
AFC Bournemouth beaten by Stevenage as the Merit League gets under way.
Jaidon Anthony had given the home side the lead at Canford Arena, the scores then level at the half time interval.
Into the second half and Stevenage pulled away from the Cherries, who were pushing forwards for a route back into the game.
Under-18s manager Alan Connell gave his thoughts about the match to afcb.co.uk.
"The scoreline was an unfair reflection," he said. "We went 1-0 up through a well-taken Jaidon Anthony goal with Stevenage always aggressive against us playing out from the back.
"We didn't move from our principles though and when we got it right we looked a real threat.
"It was tied at half time and the players were told that they'd have to take their chances after the break. Stevenage are a strong side and were ruthless, our individual errors costs us and with us pushing forwards that left us open to counter attacks.
"There were good things in the performance though and I look forward to watching the video back.
"We want difficult games and will learn a lot more from a game like Saturday than from others we've had. If the players learn from the experience and develop then that's what we're asking for."