Newhaven Ladies 0 v 8 AFC Bournemouth Ladies / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Photos from the match can be found at the following link: Newhaven Ladies vs Bournemouth
Newhaven Ladies exited the FA Cup after falling to only their second defeat ever when they were heavily beaten by a classy AFC Bournemouth side.
Despite going into the game with high hopes after defeating higher league opposition in the three previous rounds this proved to be a step too far for the Dockers.
AFC Bournemouth were very good in every department. They were all technically very good on the ball, were sharper , clinical in front of goal and defended very strongly.
It took just ten minutes for Bournemouth to open the scoring and added a second soon after capitalising on mistakes in the final third. Newhaven then weathered further attacks before starting to settle down and compete. The Dockers forced a few breakaway attacks through Winchester or Smith but either the attack was stopped by the assistants flag or the Bournemouth defence cleared the danger. Newhaven scrapped for everything in midfield but the visitors were strong and moved the ball well reducing the home side to chasing the ball a lot of the time.
The Dockers held on until a few minutes from half time but switched off twice at key moments to concede two quick goals and go in 0-4 at the break.
It was a tough half for Newhaven and the second half was to prove no different. Fortunately Annie Hills in the Newhaven goal was on form and made several brave saves and tipping shots over the bar. The fifth and sixth goals were added just before and after the hour mark as the Bournemouth left winger in particular was giving the home defence all sorts of problems.
With pace in every position Bournemouth attacked strongly down the flanks and through the middle and a tiring Newhaven defence were just about holding on.
However Newhaven didn’t give up and had some joy going forward as Winchester and Smith both had shots blocked. However with fifteen minutes to play Bournemouth scored another quick two goals to make it eight. Newhaven held on and had their best chance in the closing minutes when Fowler released Smith who crossed from the left and Ungoed’s header just went over.
It was a tough afternoon for the Dockers but no disgrace to lose to an excellent team and good luck to AFC Bournemouth in the next round and for the rest of the season.
Joint Managers Andy Cook and Alex Ladd were relieved to hear the final whistle, Cook commented after ‘that was a tough afternoon! Sometimes you have to congratulate the opposition and recognise that they were just better than us all over the pitch. It’s no disgrace that we lost the game like we did and it’s been a great achievement to win three qualifying rounds and get this close to the first round proper. We have never tasted defeat like this before, in fact we have only ever lost one other game! So this is all alien to us but we will be better for it and as the saying goes you always learn a lot from defeats. The ladies never gave up which was good and it would have been nice to score one, especially with the chance right at the end as it would have given the crowd something to cheer! On that note it was great to see over 150 supporters come to support the team on today and we all really appreciated it. We can now move away from the distraction of the FA Cup and concentrate on moving up the league as we play catch up with our games in hand. We go again in training this week and look forward to playing Meridian at home next Sunday.’
Alex Ladd also added; ‘We met our toughest test to date on Sunday against a very talented, well drilled Bournemouth side. We looked a little nervous in the opening part of the game but towards the end of the first half showed that we could mix it with our opposition. We showed grit and determination in the second half but couldn’t breakdown the well organised Bournemouth side. Whilst the result was disappointing for everyone, I have to commend the ladies on their attitude and commitment. They continued fighting to the final whistle and when we got the ball down and moved it around we played some good football. There were positives in what was a very difficult game. We move on to Meridian this Sunday so let’s look to continue our fine form in the league.‘
Team: Annie Hills, Steph Harrison (Chelsea Cook), Jade Harker, Ellie Coade (c), Natalie Ring, Jas Godden, Katie Franks (Jess Watkins), Georgia Ungoed, Chloe Winchester, Paige Ripley (Paige Fowler), Lauren Smith
Unused subs: Paige Bashford-Robertson, Summer Small