There would be no invocations of the power of the famous old slope at Yeovil’s old Huish Athletic Ground, no memories of Alec Stock’s team beating Sunderland, the Bank of England team of their day, back in 1949 and no flash backs to sepia-tinged romance.
Back in 1924, Bournemouth were the first of Yeovil’s 21 league victims that they have knocked out of the FA Cup, a record for a non-league club, which explains their place in FA Cup folklore.
If there was a straw to be clutched at since their return to the National League in 2019 after relegation from League Two, it was that perhaps they might now add to this tally. Tin-foil, home-made FA Cups abounded in the home crowd in the earnest hope that they could.
Emiliano Marcondes netted a hat-trick as Bournemouth defeated Yeovil 3-1 in the FA Cup
Striker Marcondes helped his side to advance to the fourth round following his fine display
Yet the 2022 version of the FA Cup had no time for harping on about the past at Huish Park, the more modern ground at which Yeovil now play. Ninety-eight years on from that 1924 upset, it turns out Bournemouth’s reserves are far too good for the successors of Stock’s team of giant-killers.
Of course, top of the Championship, Bournemouth have far weightier issues on their mind than the little old FA Cup. Hence their ten changes for this trek across Dorset to the edge of Somerset.
Still, it is a day that will live long in the memory of Emiliano Marcondes, the Brazilian-Dane, who scored a fine hat-trick and Nathan Moriah Welsh, who made an accomplished first team debut at right back.
Marcondes poked in from close range after Yeovil keeper Dillon Barnes failed to hold the ball
The Brazilian-Dane was a standout performer throughout the contest for Bournemouth
All in all, Bournemouth pretty much dispelled Yeovil’s dreams before a capacity crowd could raise its voice in protest.
Even as the freezing rain swept across the Somerset skyline early on, drenching the Bournemouth fans in the open terrace, they looked composed and a class apart, Yeovil made their mark mostly by way of the second and eighth-minute bookings for Dale Gorman, taking out Morgan Rogers, and Matt Worthington tripping Jamal Lowe.
It was a traditional non-league welcome but Bournemouth remained un-phased as Yeovil launched long throws and harried them into conceding corners.
Indeed, the Championship leaders hadn’t created a serious chance when on 18 minutes Chris Mepham looked up from centre half and sent a raking ball over the top of Yeovil’s back four, in between centre half and right back.
It really was far too simple for Marcondes to run in behind. Dan Moss did his best to recover but Marcondes cooly finished.
Almost palpably, hope is sucked from an eager crowd in such circumstances. Yeovil recoiled as Jaidon Anthony sent in a looping shot from a well-worked corner that thudded off the far post on 22 minutes.
They survived that scare and stood firm for much of the rest of an unremarkable first half. But on 42 minutes, after Bournemouth had simply toyed with possession for a good three or four minutes, Anthony slid the ball in for Marcondes, who, with ‘keeper Dillon Barnes rushing out, simply slipped the ball past him to make it 2-0.
Scott Parker clenched a first on the touchline and had he might have been forgiven had the thought ‘game over’ popped into his head.
Marcondes, 26, celebrates after netting his sides second goal against the Somerset side
Bournemouth manager Scott Parker was delighted with his sides efforts at full time
And yet Yeovil refused to allow their historic reputation to slip away without a fight. They came out for the second half with a renewed intensity, pressing Bournemouth with a vigour and drive that belied that seemingly hopeless score-line.
So it was that when Mepham calmly played the ball back to Orjan Nyland in goal on 48 minutes, that Tom Knowles slid in with the eagerness of a man determined not to surrender meekly.
It was enough to unnerve the keeper and allow Knowles to get a toe in, which directed the ball to Joe Quigley. With Nyland stranded, he could make it 2-1 from six yards with utmost ease.
Yeovil looked dejected after Bournemouth striker Marcondes netted his third of the match
It was just the lift Huish Park required. Every kick, tackle and pass was now roared as the stadium reverberated with the energy of hope restored.
At least it did until the 70th minute, which was when Jamal Lowe executed a neat pull back which floored Max Hunt. His shot was parried by Barnes but only to Marcondes, who from close range completed his hat-trick.
With the final kick of the game, Yeovil’s Ruben Reid had a shot cleared off the line by a sprawling, grounded Brennan Camp with what looked suspiciously like an arm. Even as the final whistle blew, Yeovil players were vehemently arguing their case for a penalty. It couln’ty be said they went down without a fight.
Yeovil (4-2-3-1) Barnes 7; Moss 6, Wilkinson 6, Hunt 6, Williams 6 (Wakefield 69, 6); Gorman 6 (Reid 87) Staunton 7; Barnett 6, Knowles 6, Worthington 7 (Lo-Everton 81); Quigley 7.5 (Yussuf, 81)
Subs: Evans, Bradley, Stephens, Robinson, Headley
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Nyland 5; Moriah-Welsh 7.5, Mepham 7, Rossi 7, Davis 7 (Saydee, 85); Kilkenny 7, Pearson 7; Anthony 8 (Brady 63, 6.5) Marcondes 9, Rogers 6.5; Lowe 7
Subs: Dennis, Travers, Cook, Kelly, Stacey, Gidaree, Camp
Ref: Jeremy Simpson 6.5