AFC Bournemouth Women won 5-1 against Ascot United Ladies yesterday afternoon and are into the Subsidiary Cup semi-finals.
Molly Clark bagged a brace, while there were also goals for Abby Jones and Helen Corbin, with an own goal making up the fifth.
The Cherries will now meet Moneyfields Ladies at home next week in a bid to make the final, with Steve Cuss’ side having already seen off Eastleigh Women and Southampton Women’s Reserves in the group stages.
Speaking with afcb.co.uk, the manager was delighted with his side’s performance at Slades Park yesterday.
“I was really pleased and I thought it was a dominant performance,” he began.
“We scored five goals and we also hit the woodwork, had a few cleared off the line and a couple disallowed, so our attacking play was very good. I was really pleased with the overall performance.
“I think the priority is still just to get back playing. We’ve been able to utilise the whole squad, move players around to get some minutes and gradually that’s increasing the confidence in the players.
“I’ve been really pleased with the work they’ve done so far and I’ve been really pleased with the work they’ve done so far.
“It’s a difficult challenge not training or playing for four months and then having to return to competitive action. I’ve seen it game-by-game – our sustained periods of dominance has been longer and that’s been pleasing.
“I think our players are starting to feel a little bit stronger three or four games into this competition, so it’s been progressive and the players have been working really hard.”
With three wins from three in the Subsidiary Cup, Cuss admitted that he’s now looking forward to the semi-final against Moneyfields, who also compete in the Southern Region Women’s Premier League.
The Cherries manager explained that a win for his side wouldn’t just provide a shot at silverware, it would also allow the girls to get another game under their belts.
“We’re into the semi-finals now, but we were fully aware that, with a cup competition at the end of the season, the season is then over when we’re knocked out.
“Primarily we’ve got another game, its going to be a big one with it being a semi-final against Moneyfields.
“We’ve had some good games against them over the last couple of seasons, so it’s going to be a tough tie but one we’re looking forward to.”
The manager concluded by singling out one player who is benefitting from the additional fixtures.
Charlotte Eastman, who has struggled with various injuries over the last 18 months, has been back playing in the side and Cuss couldn’t be happier for her.
“I think it’s really nice to have Charlotte back,” he continued.
“Ever since I took over as manager, Charlotte never played much in the first season and we were desperately trying to get her fit.
“Now she is back fit, it’s great because she’s added real competition to that back four and she came on early yesterday after an injury to Katelyn [Wort].
“Again, we saw the qualities that she brings to the team. Her passing is very good and defensively she was strong, so I was really pleased to have her back in and around to get a few more minutes.”
AFC Bournemouth’s development squad were also in action this weekend and made it into the final of the plate competition.
Rosie Eden netted two, while there was also a goal for Terri Harvey, in a 3-1 win over Abbey Rangers yesterday afternoon.
The side will be looking to end the season on a high and compete for the trophy on Sunday 23rd May.
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