AFC Bournemouth Women were defeated 3-1 in their latest pre-season friendly on Sunday afternoon.
National League outfit Chichester and Selsey Ladies were the visitors to Verwood Town, as Steve Cuss’ side looked to get more minutes in the tank.
New signing Molly Clark scored the only goal for the Cherries, who will go on to face United Services Portsmouth in the preliminary round of the FA Cup this weekend, having already defeated Eastleigh 10-1 at the extra-preliminary stage.
Following yesterday’s match, Cuss spoke with afcb.co.uk about his side’s performance and the importance of getting match fitness ahead of the new campaign.
“It was a unique situation going from playing a competitive game and then going into a friendly,” he began.
“It was a good test for us against a team that’s higher up in the pyramid. We were perhaps a bit naïve in the first half, we were a little off the pace and found ourselves behind.
“It was a good response in the second half, we got our goal, the performance picked up and we were closer to the levels that we want to be at.
“The game allowed us to experiment a little bit and it was important to give players some minutes, as they weren’t all able to play in the FA Cup the week before.
“I was really pleased with some individual performances and the players are certainly giving me things to think about going into the next round of the cup this weekend.”
With that game taking place in Portsmouth on Sunday, Cuss continued by emphasising how important the competition is to his squad.
“We’re back into FA Cup action this weekend and it’s a big competition that we want to do well in,” he continued.
“It’s going to be a big game for us and a really tough one too. We want to get through and we need to work hard in training this week to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be.
“We’re certainly looking forward to getting back out there.”