Epsom: 1 (Pizzey)
The first real day of Spring saw Epsom make the long trip to Bournemouth, who had posted some impressive form since the turn of the year. Epsom put in a disciplined performance throughout the match, patiently keeping possession in hot conditions and working hard off the ball to keep things tight. They took the lead midway through the first half via a screamer from Alex Pizzey, who fired home almost from the baseline following a well worked move. The match remained tight into the second half; for some time it was Epsom who looked slightly likelier to score again but several promising moves were not quite finished. Bournemouth started to press more as the second half wore on, although they did not really look like scoring until a slightly freakish equalizer was well finished by Ed Long with 10 minutes to go. This proved to be the last real chance in a tight game that both sides seemed content to play out for a draw.
Whilst Epsom were disappointed to come away with a draw, they could be happy with a highly professional away performance of the kind that has been lacking this year. They were also slightly fortunate to draw with Bournemouth at home earlier in the season so everything seems to even out. Epsom have three games remaining to try and finish as strongly as possible, starting with a big game at home to league leaders Havant this Saturday.