Fletcher secures Cherries' safety

Steve Fletcher scored his 100th goal for the club as Bournemouth secured League Two survival by beating nine-man Grimsby 2-1 at Dean Court.

Last Updated: 25/04/09 at 19:01 Post Comment

Fletcher: Goal secured safety

Fletcher: Goal secured safety

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Saturday's victory climaxed a remarkable turnaround for the Cherries, who began the season with a 17-point deduction, and provoked a mass celebratory pitch invasion after the final whistle.

Fletcher's fairytale winning goal came 11 minutes from the end of an emotionally-charged relegation affair in front of a packed 9,000 crowd.

Grimsby, all but mathematically safe themselves despite the defeat, snatched a half-time lead through a Nathan Jarman header.

But, right on half-time, they were reduced to 10 men when Danny Boshell was sent off for a second bookable offence.

A minute into the second half Bournemouth equalised through Liam Feeney after Danny Hollands had hit the crossbar and Fletcher drilled home Bournemouth's winner 11 minutes from the end after a great run by Mark Molesley, before Joe Widdowson was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 AFC W'don 0 0 0
2 Accrington 0 0 0
3 Burton Alb 0 0 0
4 Bury 0 0 0
5 Cambridge Utd 0 0 0
6 Carlisle 0 0 0
7 Cheltenham 0 0 0
8 Dag + Red 0 0 0
9 Exeter 0 0 0
10 Hartlepool 0 0 0
11 Luton Town 0 0 0
12 Mansfield 0 0 0
13 Morecambe 0 0 0
14 Newport 0 0 0
15 Northamptn 0 0 0
16 Oxford Utd 0 0 0
17 Plymouth 0 0 0
18 Portsmouth 0 0 0
19 Shrewsbury 0 0 0
20 Southend 0 0 0
21 Stevenage 0 0 0
22 Tranmere 0 0 0
23 Wycombe 0 0 0
24 York City 0 0 0

Updated Wed, 09 Jul 2014

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