Bridgwater beaten as women seal FA Cup win
AFC Bournemouth women progressed to the second round of the FA Cup with a fantastic 5-0 win over Bridgwater United this afternoon.
Maisy Smith, Helen Bleazard, Lucy Cooper, Katie James and Gemma Hillier all got on the scoresheet in what was a very wet and windy affair at Ringwood Community Hub.
The Cherries, who were watched in front of a record 6,805 supporters at Vitality Stadium last week, were aiming to make Monday's draw and book their place in round two for the second time in history.
Steve Cuss' side started strongly, with some excellent balls into the box from winger Alisha Buckingham, as fellow summer signing Gemma McGuinness looked to get on the end of them.
The hosts again went close to an opener in what would've gone down as an own goal, a ball in from a Cherries corner looping off a Bridgwater shoulder and eventually coming off the top of the bar.
However, it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken as Smith was ready to pounce on the line after another ball into the box couldn't be cleared.
Amber Treweek then tried her luck from 20 yards, taking the ball down and firing an effort goalwards which came off the inside of the bar.
The lead was double just before the break as Bleazard found the back of the net after another superb cross from Buckingham, the centre-back now moving into double figures for the season.
Following the interval, Cuss side maintained their dominance as the rain continued to pour.
Cooper was next to find the target as Bridgwater could only half-clear yet another corner, the forward taking full advantage and striking into the roof of the net.
The Cherries kept on coming and were keen for more goals, James up next to add a fourth and follow up with an entertaining celebration.
Before the afternoon was out, it was over to Hillier to seal the win, finding the target from range in an effort which just about rolled over the line despite the best efforts of the visiting 'keeper.
Bridgwater did have a couple of chances towards the end of the game, with corners and set pieces whipped into the box, but Cuss' defence stood strong and weren't to be beaten on the day.
The second round draw takes place at 1pm on Monday 13th November, with full details to be published on afcb.co.uk shortly after.