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Patience is a virtue for Maidenhead United Women's centre back Sarah Thompson

Patience has been a virtue for Maidenhead United Women’s centre back Sarah Thompson as she’s battled back to fitness ahead of the new season.

Nev Saroya’s side have enjoyed a successful pre-season in warm up to the new campaign, which kicks off this weekend at Larkhall Athletic Women.

However, Thompson has had to watch much of it from the sidelines, having had to battle back from a posterolateral knee injury. However, she has featured in the Magpies’ three most recent warm-up matches, and she helped the side to a clean sheet in Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Actonians FC.

Reflecting on the win she said: “The match was a real testament to the hard work and perseverance the team have been putting in over the summer. We are continuing to gel as a team on the pitch and work in effective ways from the back line. Our captain Alex Dover did a brilliant job of leading the team today, with encouragement and communicating exceptionally well.

“It was a brilliant game to prepare us in anticipation for the start of the season and if we take the same intensity into next week at Larkhall I am confident we can come away with a result.”

Thompson herself is just grateful to be back in action and thanked her teammates for their support and encouragement while she was out injured.

She added: “From a personal perspective, being injured for a good part of the summer it was a real privilege to be back on the pitch and see just how far the team have come. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a team that is so supportive and encouraging and looks out for each other.

“The support I received from Nev and team-mates with their endless encouragement whilst I couldn't train is testament to our team’s ethos and values. It is because of this support for each other that I am confident we are going into this season in the best position possible and we are all in great anticipation for the season to get started. Players like Vicky (Carvill) were alongside me the whole way, making me feel included like a part of the team and inspiring me to come back even stronger and be back on the pitch with everyone.”

The tall defender put in an unflustered display against Actonians and her manager Saroya will be delighted to see her battling for a starting place with Gemma Bloor and Kajal Malhotra ahead of the new season.

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