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Women

Cuss - It's an incredible achievement

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AFC Bournemouth Women's manager, Steve Cuss, spoke of his delight as his side reached the FA Cup first round yesterday.

A 3-1 win over Buckland Athletic saw the team progress, with Molly Clark grabbing a hat-trick at Verwood Town. 

Cuss' side have also beaten Eastleigh, United Services Portsmouth, Moneyfields and Southampton Women to reach this stage of the competition for just the second time in their history. 

Following the win, the manager spoke on the following topics to afcb.co.uk... 

The performance 

"I'm absolutely delighted, we talked about making dreams and trying to perform to our best in the FA Cup and to get to the first round is an incredible achievement.

"It equals the biggest run that the women's team have had in the FA Cup, so we're absolutely delighted. 

"We were playing against strong opposition today and higher opposition, so it was an incredible performance from the team."

Playing extra games  

"We got drawn in the extra-qualifying round this time, so we started this competition two months ago.

"To still be in it at this stage is something that we wanted to happen, but we've played five games, which is almost a quarter of a season for us really. 

"We knew that if we got through a few rounds, we were going to play teams that are higher-placed than ourselves.

"We've had that and we've managed to beat two of them and we've enjoyed doing that and putting ourselves against teams in a higher league."

Hat-trick hero 

"We don't like singling players out, but you have to give a special mention to Molly [Clark].

"She's been outstanding since she's come into the football club over the summer and she's now scored 14 in six games.

"It's not just what she does on the pitch, she's a real role model off the pitch for a lot of the young players to look at and she's been terrific.

"She knows that she has to keep working and she will keep working. She's been fantastic for us, so for her to get a hat-trick to put us into the first round, I'm delighted for her." 

The conditions 

"I've got to say thank you to Verwood for getting the game on today. We use their pitch and there was a lot of rain during the week.

"We were desperate to play today, we were really excited for the game and the work that they did getting the game played was incredible.

"We're really grateful to Verwood because it was tough conditions but I thought both teams played a good game all things considered."

The next few weeks 

"We know there's a chance that we might not be playing now for a month.

"We're not sure, we're waiting for confirmation on that, but we'll go back to training on Monday and then again on Wednesday and then see what happens with the lockdown situation for Thursday.

"Hopefully, the league will be able to pick back up and we'll be back on that FA Cup run again soon."

AFC Bournemouth Women are proudly supported by two local companies.

Thank you to Bournemouth University for being the front of shirt sponsor and thank you to Vitality for supporting our women’s and girls' setup.

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