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Women gearing up for second half of season

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AFC Bournemouth Women are just days away from the second half of their season beginning and will be looking to match the form that has seen them sit top of the Southern Region Women’s Premier League at Christmas.

Seven wins out of seven means that Steve Cuss’ side have a maximum of 21 points from the seven games played and they’re raring to go after a three-week winter break.

The manager has expressed his delight as his team’s opening to the season and spoke about the following topics with afcb.co.uk, including what has impressed him so far and what lies ahead. 

First half of the season

“We’re pleased with the first half of the season performance-wise. We’ve hit some good heights and are happy with how it has gone.

“We’re pleased with the all-round performance and I think that the results have followed that.

“The league is our priority and we’ve done very well in that in terms of results and winning every game so far, which has put us in a good position.”

Cup runs

“We’ve also enjoyed a couple of good cup runs, which have seen us test ourselves against higher opposition, so it’s been great in that respect.

“As a squad, we want to challenge ourselves and play at a higher level when the time is right. We’ve got to earn the right to do that and to play that kind of opposition.”

Youngsters impressing

“We’ve got our youth teams who train every week, which is great. We also made the big decision at the start of the season to involve some 16-year-olds in the first team from the start.

“We could’ve put them through the development squad and let them continue to grow and learn there, but credit to them.

“They’ve earned the right to be in team. They’ve got better week-after-week and settled right in alongside the more experienced players.”

The weekend’s game

“Moneyfields are very good side and it’s got all the hallmarks of being a very good game at Verwood on Sunday.

“It’s interesting that it comes straight after the mid-season break, which poses a bit of a problem with there having been a period without any games, but we’re looking forward to it and there’s no doubt it’ll be a tough game.”

Pushing on

“We want to be the best we can be every week. We had a great start in the league and we want to keep it going.

“There’s no doubt that we have some big challenges ahead in the second half of the season, but we want to maintain and replicate the performances we started with and that should set us up well.

“I think we’ve noticed a big difference in the women’s game too. The players talk about how people now ask how they got on. People follow their results each weekend and we’re always grateful for that support.”

AFC Bournemouth Women are back in action at Verwood Town this Sunday and face second-placed Moneyfields in a top-of-the-table clash. Kick-off is 2pm and entry is free, so come along and show your support!

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