01:00PM, Friday 12 November 2021
Gemma Bloor. Photo by Darren Woolley
Maidenhead United Women were forced to use a centre-back in goal in a 1-0 home defeat to Swindon Town in the FAWNL Division 1 South West as their torrid injury record worsened.
The Magpies have already used four goalkeepers this season and with Alice East suffering a groin strain on debut last time out, teenage goalkeeper Lola Pollard was thrust into the action.
Pollard collided head-first with the post in the second-half which caused her to display signs of a loss of consciousness.
After leaving the field to applause from both home and away players and spectators, centre-back Gemma Bloor donned the gloves, with no goalkeeping option available on the bench.
Bloor though was barely tested as Maidenhead looked to find an equaliser having trailed courtesy of Victoria Taylor’s 10th minute strike for the visitors.
Nicole Barratt spurned Maidenhead’s best opportunity on a thoroughly disappointing afternoon.
Manager Ryan Taylor said he was pleased with his side’s performance despite losing to a Swindon side who were winless prior to Saturday’s encounter.
The Magpies sit 8th in the table with six games played, just four points above the relegation zone.
Although disappointed by the result, Bloor relished the opportunity to help the team and revealed she has previous experience of stepping in between the sticks.
Bloor said: “Ellie (Parker, the Magpies former goalkeeper) got red-carded twice in the same season and I had to step in.
“I have played in goal before in tournaments as a youngster for Maidenhead Boys and Girls.”
Maidenhead’s next game is in the Berks & Bucks Cup against Milton United on Sunday 21st November.