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Cuss - Never too early to go top

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Manager Steve Cuss praised his AFC Bournemouth Women's team went top after their 2-1 win over Abingdon United Ladies, and now wants his side to remain focused on winning the league.

Goals from Meg Vella and Hannah Bennett gave the Cherries the points, despite a late response from the visitors. 

After the match Cuss spoke with afcb.co.uk to reflect on an important victory, the Cherries' third out of three in the league this season. 

"It was a really tough contest," said Cuss. "Fair play to Abingdon United, I thought they were very good but we were very good as well.

"We scored goals at crucial times today which gave us a platform to build on and we held on despite the late effort from them.

"We can't quite get that clean sheet but we defended well today against good opposition, Steph in goal made some good saves and the back four defended well.

"I was pleased with that and it was a great strike from far out that gave them that little push at the end. Even then we had chances to pick a better pass and finish the game on a high."

The Bournemouth line-up was especially young for the contest, with five 16-year-olds featuring in the win played at Verwood.

Cuss commented: "We had a few players missing today, upwards of six who may have been selected if available. It gives opportunities and you feel when it's right to play the younger players.

"We've had a couple who have played in every game and they all had the opportunity today and I was delighted with them because it's competitive football for the first time and they're not used to that."

The result takes the Cherries to the top of the standings at this fledgling point in the season, a positive Cuss is now looking to build upon.

"You can't go top too early," he said. "We've stated what we want to do this year and we're top within the first month, now the challenge is to stay there. We have some tough games coming up but we need to stay focused on winning this league."

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