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Cuss pleased with cup progression

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Steve Cuss has shared his delight after his side progressed in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Cherries hit double figures against Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium, coming away with an impressive 10-1 victory. 

Molly Clark bagged a hat-trick on her debut, with Helen Corbin also impressing with a brace from the bench. There were also goals for Katelyn Wort, Maisy Smith, Emma Davis, Becky Barron and Larissa White. 

Speaking to afcb.co.uk after the game, Cuss discussed the following topics. 

The performance 

"First and foremost, I'm absolutely delighted. The aim was to get into the second round of the cup, so I'm really pleased with that. 

"If I'm being truthful, the performance probably took a little bit of time to get going, particularly the first 20 minutes where we found ourselves a goal behind. 

"It lifted the crowd a bit, there was a good crowd here, so we had to show a little bit of resilience to get ourselves back into the game. 

"I said at half-time that the next goal was crucial. It was 3-1 at that point and we couldn't afford to let them back in. We did well to then come out and extend our lead and we ended up with a really good win." 

Getting stronger

"I think we got better as we went along, we didn't pass the ball around as well as we know we can in the first half, but that improved in the second half and we hit the bar a couple of times too. 

"There's things around that for sure. The players have had reduced training with small-group training when they first came back and we haven't played a game since March, so we can't be disappointed with the result and the performance." 

First game of the season

"It was a real excitement because our league doesn't start until October. The cup draw was then made and we found out we were in the first round and we actually started a month earlier than we anticipated.

"There was probably a bit of apprehension, as well as excitement, in going back out and playing again for the first time, but we overcame everything that we had in front of us today.

"I'm pleased for the players and it was nice to get some of the younger players some minutes as well."

The youngsters 

"Obviously we want to attract the best players to the club that we can, but we also want to develop our own. 

"It was nice to get Lily and Lucy on at the end, who were both in the under-16s last year. 

"We've had other players that have come up from the last couple of years too, so if that conveyor belt keeps coming then it's good for the first team." 

Next up 

"We have United Services Portsmouth in the next round and it's going to be another tough game. 

"Everyone wants to do well in the FA Cup, but we've got this unique situation where we now have a friendly next week, which we'll look forward to. 

"We can build up the minutes in some of the players and go back to the FA Cup in two weeks time." 

Read the full report from the win over Eastleigh here

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