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AFC Bournemouth CST 3 Buckland Athletic 1
AFC Bournemouth CST moved into the draw for the First Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup after an excellent display to beat Buckland Athletic at Verwood Town FC's Potterne Park.
Molly Clark's hat-trick deservedly took centre stage but every Bournemouth player stepped up in a match they largely dominated. Were it not for the excellent work of Abbie Bond in the Buckland goal and the woodwork, the margin of victory could have been greater.
The tone was set right from the start with Bond saving well from Gemma Hillier with the follow up rebounding from the bar and a third effort being cleared off the line on four minutes. Buckland were moving the ball neatly at times but were well marshalled by the home defence. Clark hit the outside of the Buckland post from a tight angle on 24 minutes and then Hillier burst through the middle only to be denied by Bond on two occasions as the Cherries dominated.
The breakthrough came on 40 minutes when Clark hit a perfect lofted shot from around 30 yards for a superb opener. Clark's second came just three minutes later after a personal duel with the visiting keeper. Rebecca Barron broke free on the right and sent in a low cross. Clark's close range backheel was kept out by Bond, the follow up header was somehow parried away, only for Clark to reach the loose ball to fire home at the third go.
Buckland returned after the break with greater determination to impose their will on the game and managed to exert more pressure on the Bournemouth midfield and defence. Home keeper Katie Scadding had her first serious saves to make, from a Courtney Butt header, then from Maria Warman's low shot just before the hour.
However, Bond was still by far the busier keeper, making another top quality block before a massive scramble on the goal line somehow stayed out with the assistance of the woodwork. Hillier struck the same upright a minute later but then Clark showed strength to shrug off a defender before converting from 10 yards on 66 minutes.
Buckland immediately struck back after a good move led to a foul in the box and Sarah Stacey converted the spot kick. The visitors kept pressing for an unlikely late comeback but, apart from a couple of half chances, the home defence were rock solid. Bournemouth saw the tie out in good style, using their ability on the ball and clever interplay to keep control and delight the majority of the sizeable crowd.
With two FAWNL sides already defeated by the Southern Region League club, Bournemouth will be up against Southampton FC Women whenever the next round of the competition is allowed to take place.
AFC Bournemouth CST: Katie Scadding, Abby Jones, Emma Davis, Rebecca Barron, Katelyn Wort, Maisy Smith, Katie Kingshott, Hannah Bennett, Gemma Hillier, Molly Clark, Helen Corbin. Subs: Rebecca Miles, Lily Humes, Rosie Eden, Ruth Topping, Terri Harvey, Larissa White.
Buckland Athletic: Abbie Bond, Alex Hugh, Alex Sheppard, Maria Warman, Laura Carla Staddon, Abi Meyer, Mollie Taylor, Courtney Butt, Sarah Smith, Sarah Stacey, Carmen Morrison. Subs: Olivia Foulds, Natalie Warman, Emily Hannaford.
(REPORT BY PATRICK HIGGINS)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Katie Kingshott wins a tackle against Courtney Butt
(middle) Helen Corbin (right) tries to get past Alex Sheppard
(bottom) Abbie Bond makes a save under pressure from Helen Corbin
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