Joint manager Marsh admits Maidenhead United Women have a lot to work on following FA Cup exit

Joint-manager George Marsh admits ‘there's a lot to work on’ following Maidenhead United Womens’ FA Cup exit on Sunday. 

The Magpies hosted the second qualifying round tie at York Road with Bowers & Pitsea Ladies making the 160- mile round trip.

The visitors ensured their journey was not in vain, securing a 2-1 victory that sees them progress to the third qualifying round of the tournament for the first time in their history. 

A Magpies own goal early into the first half and a deflected effort from Sophie Dowman gave Bowers a 2-0 lead.

A superb 88th minute free kick from skipper Alex Dover wasn’t enough to mount a comeback and could only provide a consolation for Maidenhead.

“For the first half, we gave the girls instructions to go out and use but we’ve gone into half time one nil down,” said Marsh. “We’ve not followed the instructions or the roles we gave and it seems like we’ve gone back to performing how we did at the start of the season. We weren’t happy at half time. In the second half we’ve come out and improved but not as much as we would’ve liked.

“There are a lot more negatives than positives to take from the game, so we have a lot to try and improve.”

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