Women maintain unbeaten start to season
AFC Bournemouth Women picked up their second point of the season at home to Exeter City on the weekend.
New signing Kelly Fripp got her first goal of the campaign, but a late strike from Connie Pengelly drew the visitors level.
Following the game, manager Steve Cuss gave this thoughts to afcb.co.uk, after his side remain unbeaten in the National League.
“It’s another point on the board,” he began.
“I was really pleased with the first-half in particular, I thought we dominated possession. We could’ve had and probably should’ve had a second goal to make it a little more comfortable.
“We know from the previous weekend and the level that we’re playing at now that things change in the second half. We were put under more pressure and ultimately Exeter got the equaliser.
“Overall, we’ve got mixed emotions because we remain undefeated but perhaps could’ve turned those draws into wins with a little bit more ruthlessness.”
Cuss went on to express his delight at the attitude his side have shown, with this season being their first in step four of the women’s football pyramid.
While some have featured in the National League before, it’s unchartered territory for plenty of the younger members in the squad.
“We feel that we’re going into the unknown a little.
“We’ve got a lot of players who have never played at the level we’re at now. Games are much tighter and, in these games, you’ve got to make more clinical decisions and more consistent decisions.
“We’re learning that and I’m really pleased that the players are taking it on board and slowly adapting to it.
“Of course, it’s a business of trying to win games as well as learning. It’s a challenge for us and one that we’re enjoying, but also one that we’re trying to adapt to as quickly as we can.”
The manager concluded by discussing the impact of new signing Fripp, who joined from Southampton in the summer and netted her first goal for the club on Sunday.
“It was great for Kelly to score,” Cuss said.
“It came from a free-kick that got recycled from the original shot. The cross came in and Kelly was at the far post to head us into the lead.
“We’re delighted for her and it put us in a really strong position. Sadly, we weren’t able to push on from that position, but we’ll keep working on that.
“I’m really pleased with the way that the players are training and trying to play the game. They’re trying to play good football.
“It’s really pleasing and we’ll keep working, so that hopefully we’ll get our first win soon.
“The positives are that we’re still unbeaten and that’s a great start to the season for us.”
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