After being promoted to Women's National League, AFC Bournemouth Women's have performed above and beyond expectations. Reporter Lowri Wareham provides a summary of the season so far.
The season last year was cut short due to the Coronavirus but as the women were sitting at the top of the table the promotion was fully deserved. Their application to move upwards was accepted by the FA, and a new journey was to begin.
The 15th August was when Bournemouth Women started their fresh season in the South West Division 1 Women’s National League with a draw against Swindon Town Ladies.
The Cherries are currently sitting 5th in the table but they are the only team in the league that remain undefeated.
The ladies have played a total of six games so far this season, resulting in three wins and three draws. They currently sit five points off first placed Southampton, only as a result of having played two less games. Six points from the games in hand would see them as leaders.
On the 29th August, the side played against Larkhall Athletic Ladies and it ended with an incredible score of 6-0 to Bournemouth. Head Coach Steve Cuss spoke to afcb media after the game and said: “we’ve got goal scorers and a threat all over the pitch.”
Striker Becki Bath has made eight appearances for the club and has scored 8 goals making her the third highest goal scorer in the league. In addition, midfielder Katie James has made seven appearances and has scored five goals so far making her the eighth highest goal scorer in the league.
In Bournemouth’s most recent game, which was played on the 10th October, they beat Kent Football United Ladies 5-0 progressing them onto the next round of the National League Cup where they will take on Hashtag United Women.
Bournemouth are hoping to carry on this successful unbeaten run for their next game on 24th October where they will take on Saltash United Women in the Women’s FA Cup.