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Women hit eight past Portishead

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AFC Bournemouth women defeated Portishead Town 8-2 at Potterne Park yesterday to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games. 

Becki Bath bagged a hat-trick, while Lucy Cooper ended the afternoon with a brace. There were also goals for Katie Kingshott, Katie James and Helen Corbin in blustery conditions at Verwood. 

The win sees the Cherries stay second in the league, now just five points off top and with two games in hand over Cheltenham Town. 

Following the game, manager Steve Cuss shared his delight with the win as he spoke to afcb.co.uk. 

"I'm really pleased with the performance," he began. 

"We started the game really strongly and scored a couple of early goals. That continued right throughout the match and we dominated in that area.

"It was interesting because Portishead had attacking threats going forward and that really stretched us the other way.

"It was a good game, but we were just very clinical in front of goal which was the pleasing aspect of the performance. 

"I think the reaction was good. We scored two early goals, before they pulled one back. At that point, they were right in the game but I was pleased that we were able to go on and add a couple more goals.

"It was 5-1 at half-time at that really set us in a good position. The reaction to them scoring was really important for us as we needed the mentality to respond." 

Cuss continued by discusses the form of his strikers, who are continuing to terrorise defences across the division.  

"I think the front three are really causing teams some problems. They're all scoring goals at the moment.

"I'm also delighted for Helen that she came off the bench and scored as well. If you look at Becki, Katie, Lucy and Helen all in the goals, it's a good position to be in.

"As a group, they set themselves very high standards and perhaps some of the performances in the last couple of weeks haven't hit those heights, but they were all back on form on Sunday and the whole group were delighted with their performance.

"It's part of the process, it's another three points. We're back to training hard this week ahead of another big game at the weekend." 

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