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Captain Dover hopeful Maidenhead United Women can go on a cup run after victory over Woodley United Women

Woodley United Women 1, Maidenhead Utd Women 3

Winger Simone O’Brien scored inside the opening 60 seconds as Maidenhead United Women showed they were up for the county cup with a 3-1 away win at Woodley United on Sunday.

The Magpies eased through to the next round of the Berks & Bucks competition against worthy opponents after an exciting contest at Bulmershe Pavilion.

Simone showed typical composure in front of goal to give Maidenhead United the perfect start, but, if they thought this would be a walk in the park against lower ranked opponents they were very much mistaken.

Steph Nelson headed against the crossbar for the Magpies, while O’Brien’s chip bounced narrowly wide of the post as United went in search of a second, but they certainly didn’t have things all their own way.

The centre-back pairing of Gemma Bloor and Sophie Modak were on top of their game to stifle the home side while skipper Alex Dover had a crucial interception to prevent Woodley getting in on goal.

Dover would make a more telling contribution just before half-time however, calmly picking out the top corner from the penalty spot after a foul in the box.

Woodley did reduce the deficit when substitute Rosie Page-Smith buried a header at the far post to make it 2-1 with 30 minutes to play.

Nelson and Shylla Carty-Duhaney were then both denied by spectacular saves from the Woodley keeper, but Maidenhead re-established their two-goal cushion when Thompson’s cross in from the right crashed off the post and landed in the net, a deserved stroke of good fortune for the hard-working defender.

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Captain Alex Dover is now hopeful the club can go on a run in the county cup after scoring in the Magpies 3-1 victory over Woodley United on Sunday.

Dover, who slotted Maidenhead’s second from the penalty spot, said: “I felt the whole team played very well at the weekend and we managed to put our FA cup game disappointment behind us.

“We knew it would be great opportunity as we were playing another cup game against lower league opposition.

“Everyone is very happy to get through to the next round and hopefully we can go all the way in the Berks and Bucks cup.

“As a whole I am very happy at how everyone played at the weekend. I’m also very happy to score in two games in a row. I’m just happy that I can contribute in that way and hopefully I’ll continue to do so throughout the rest of the season.”

On Sunday, Maidenhead are again in cup competition, travelling to Cambridge United in the FA WNL Plate, 2pm KO.

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