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Maidenhead United Women given a lesson in finishing by Brislington Ladies

Neil Maskell

Maidenhead United Women 1, Brislington Ladies 5

Maidenhead United Women were given a lesson in finishing as Brislington Ladies handed them a 5-1 defeat in their first FAWNL Division 1 South West fixture of 2020 at York Road.

The contest as far closer than the final scoreline suggests and was goalless at the end of a first half that the home side dominated.

Annika Striepecke tested Vicky McLellan in the visitors goal and there was an almighty scramble from a Maidenhead corner following a good move which saw Kate Le Cumbre’s cross deflected behind. 

Le Cumbre was next to warm the palms of McLellan before the on-loan Oxford United youngster linked up with Sarah Thompson and Elle Vietz in a flowing move which saw the accomplished McLellan gather the ball at her near post. 

Sarah Thompson then let fly with a magnificent effort from distance which saw the busy visiting ‘keeper get two hands to the shot before the ball bounced agonisingly away from danger off the far post.

In the second period, Steph Nelson twisted and turned in the box before shooting straight at McLellan before the away side showed how it is done.  From a corner Adele Brown scored from a firm header and it was another excellent set piece goal just after the hour mark which saw the lead doubled by a neat back-header from Chelsea Heal which looped over stand-in ‘keeper Jemma Moss.  A third then followed after a fine finish by Kim Maggs after O’Brien and Dover had attempted to bring the Magpies back in the game with efforts from range. 

Thompson’s low drive from the edge of the box was tipped around the post by McLellan and from the corner Gemma Bloor’s header was deflected wide.  Maggs hit the crossbar with another free-kick for Brislington before Maidenhead finally enjoyed some fortune as Sarah Thompson swung a ball in from the left which evaded the Brislington ‘keeper and went in off the far post.

Any thoughts of a comeback were snuffed out however inside the final ten minutes as Brislington gave the score line a rather flattering look with some slick counter-attacking and clinical finishing. 

A fine move ended with Heal tucking home her second before a good run and cross from Paige Sawyer saw Moss parry the ball only as far as Anisia Rourke to sweep home.  Maidenhead will have to learn quickly before the long trip to Buckland Athletic next Sunday, January 12.


MAIDENHEAD: Moss, Thompson, Halfacree (Sub Langston-Lloyd 68’), Dover (Sub Saunders 68’), Bloor, ,Modak, Vietz (Sub Carty-Duhaney 62’), Striepecke, Nelson, Le Cumbre, O’Brien.

BRISLINGTON: McLellan, Whelan, Maggs, Heal, Brown, Rourke, Powell (Sub White 46’), Ford, Milkins, Osman, Sawyer.

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