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Cuss - A really good afternoon for us

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Steve Cuss pinpointed the flying start from his side as the key to his AFC Bournemouth Women's side's 7-1 Hampshire FA Cup win over Eastleigh Women on Sunday.

The Cherries' manager told afcb.co.uk that the big win came due to cut-throat finsihing from his side away at Wide Lane.

"We're really delighted," he said. "The performance was excellent, particularly in that first half. I thought we were very dominant, full of energy, creating chances and taking those chances as well, so it was a really good afternoon for us.

"We knew before the game that they're on a good run of form, getting to the top of their league. It was important that we got off to a good start, and we couldn't have wished for a better one getting three in the first ten minutes or so, that set the tone for the rest of the game for us.

"It's important to have the strikers on form. We want to create chances and we want our strikers to take them. It's pleasing today that the two strikers got five goals but I thought the front four with Rosie (Eden) and Erin (Thickett) out wide were excellent, creating chances and taking them."

Next up, the Cherries take on Southampton Women in another cup competition, the Women's FA Cup, the Cuss' side one step away from the first round proper, with the manager excited to lead his team into the game.

"Like every manager I'm saying to take it at one game at a time," he explained. "We've overcome every challenge that we've faced so far and the next one against Southampton is a massive one for us.

"They're a team going well in the league above us, they have a strong squad, but we've set ourselves up nicely for the game with eight wins from eight and are full of confidence.

"We know that in cup competitions the further we go we're going to come up against better teams and it's going to be a good experience for all our players, particularly our younger players who are enjoying competitive football for the first time.

"We'll look to take the game to them and see how positive we can be."

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