Women hit double figures to progress in FA Cup
AFC Bournemouth Women beat New Milton Town 10-0 to progress to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Rebecca Miles bagged four and Meg Vella hit three, with a brace from Maisy Smith and a first Cherries goal for Imogen Wade-Palmer rounding off the win.
The hosts started strongly and opened the scoring within 15 minutes, Smith getting on the end of a Hannah Bennett corner to give her side the lead.
Less than ten minutes later, it was doubled. This time, Bennett was involved again, her free-kick falling to Miles in the box, who fired home for her first of the afternoon.
The third came with half-an-hour gone as Vella got in on the act, finishing a ball squared from the wing ten yards out.
Before the break, there was still time for two more Cherries goals. Firstly, Vella powered a shot home after Emma Davis had pulled the ball across goal, before Miles also got her second of the afternoon with a neat finish into the bottom corner.
With a couple of changes at the break, Steve Cuss’ side continued to threaten and Miles soon had her hat-trick.
The striker beat the ‘keeper with a powerful effort from inside the area, before then adding her fourth and her side’s seventh of the afternoon just six minutes later.
Wade-Palmer was next in line to find the target for her first goal for the club. The ball fell nicely to the midfielder on the edge of the area, as she took a touch and caressed the ball past the diving New Milton ‘keeper.
With the clock ticking down, Smith scored what was arguably the goal of the afternoon, dribbling with the ball from just inside her own half to forge a shooting position and make it count for number nine.
The win was rounded off with Vella getting her much-deserved hat-trick. The striker had come close with two long-range efforts previously in the half, but she found the net by slotting to the right of the ‘keeper from inside the area with a minute to go.
Following the game, a delighted Steve Cuss expressed his thoughts to afcb.co.uk.
“It was a comprehensive performance and we created a lot of chances today,” he began.
“I’m also really pleased to keep a second clean sheet in the FA Cup. Fair play to New Milton, I thought they gave it everything and made it hard for us, certainly in the opening stages.
“We were a bit critical last week as we didn’t take our chances but today we were clinical and the score reflected that. We’re delighted to be through to the next round and look forward to Monday’s draw.”