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Newhaven are setting their sights on claiming another Southern Region League scalp when they take on AFC Bournemouth CST in the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday.
The Sussex side, who play in the South East Counties League, defeated Newbury Ladies 3-1 in the last round and joint manager Andy Cook told Women's Soccer Scene that they are relishing the chance to take on the Cherries.
"It should be a really good game and a tough test," he said. "We have had three hard games to get this far and two out of the three of those victories have been against higher opposition in Parkwood Rangers and Newbury. The other match against Ashford, who are in our league and going well, was also a close game. So we hold no fear taking on AFC Bournemouth.
"We have been lucky that the draw for every round so far has been kind to us and we have been at home every time. This has undoubtedly helped and we have had big crowds each time as it has generated quite a bit of interest locally which is great. The ladies have had a phenomenal rise since we formed last season. We won the treble in Sussex last season winning every single game and then were promoted two leagues to the South East Counties Women's League Premier Division. We have won 5 out of 6 so far this season and lost our first game ever against Worthing a few weeks ago, but in reality should have won it as we had so many chances. So Alex (Ladd, joint manager) and I will prepare the team this week in training and the ladies will be under no illusion that AFC Bournemouth will be a really good side as their recent record speaks for itself.
"We have a great bunch of ladies here at Newhaven who are so enthusiastic about their football and the team spirit they have is second to none which makes mine and Alex' job so much easier. The whole club is looking forward to the match and we will enjoy the day no matter what the end result is."
"We are very much looking forward to playing AFC Bournemouth in this round of the cup," added captain Ellie Coade. "They have had a good start to their season and cup run so far in the league and it will be a tough physical test for us against a team we have never played before and I cannot wait to see how the ladies respond to this challenge.
"Our SSE Women's FA Cup run has been fantastic so far this season with us being the underdog in every game, but winning all three matches against higher tier clubs is a real achievement and I think this really stems from the hard work of the ladies through pre-season and the management of Andy and Alex, so I hope AFC Bournemouth are looking at us to be a really tough test for them also and I am sure this will be one hell of a game to watch and be a part of."
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