09:00AM, Friday 17 September 2021
Maidenhead United Women bowed out of the League Cup on Sunday after a last-gasp defeat to Bridgwater United of the Southern Premier Division, but they gave new manager Ryan Taylor a hell of a performance against higher level opposition and he was proud of their efforts.
United came into the clash as underdogs against a side that hadn't lost in the league all season, however, they more than held their own, creating several chances and, but for some missed opportunities in the second half, might have nicked a victory.
Afterwards Taylor was feeling philosophical as he reflected on the defeat: “I think we held our own and in the first fifteen, twenty minutes of the second half we were on top, and we could have got in front which would have changed the game.”
Taylor opted for a more defensive formation, playing three central defenders and wing backs to counter Bridgwater's attacking threats. This nullified their hosts to a point, but the lively Sydney Hinchcliffe couldn't be contained for long. She nodded wide from a corner kick in the first half and although Maidenhead responded well with a shot from Natalie Barnes that was well saved by Jasmine Read, Bridgwater took the lead midway through the half. Again it was Hinchcliffe who slipped her marker and rounded keeper Lola Pollard before slotting home to make it 1-0.
The home side shaded the closing stages and hit the post with an inswinging free-kick before Pollard and Kajal Malhotra scrambled the ball clear. But the hosts weren't to be denied a winner and it was Amy Goddard who got it in the last minute, bundling the ball home from a corner kick to dash the Magpies' hopes.
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