08:30PM, Wednesday 21 July 2021
Maidenhead United Women defender Megan Halfacree enjoyed a weekend of mud, sweat and cheers as the UK heat wave – along with the Magpies pre-season preparations - stepped up in intensity.
On Saturday, Halfacree and a number of her MUWFC team mates took on the Henley-on-Thames ‘Tough Mudder’ endurance event. Megan and her colleagues successfully completed the 10 mile course having taken on hill climbs, monkey bars and muddy water obstacles.
They then somehow found the energy the following afternoon to face fellow Tier 4 outfit Kent Football United from the FAWNL Division 1 South East, running out comfortable 4-1 winners.
The Maidenhead players raised £250 for charity partners The Link Foundation in their endeavours, enough for the locally-based organisation to purchase a bed for a young person who does not have access to a comfort which most take for granted.
Halfacree enjoyed the challenge, remarking: “It was so much fun! We were actually glad it was so hot because the water obstacles kept you cool.”
Despite having a squad depleted by player absences including two team-mates stuck on the M25 behind an accident which closed the carriageway, Maidenhead led by two goals at the break the first an own goal following a Nicole Barrett free-kick.
Natalie Barnes scored either side of the interval before the hosts pulled one back late on, albeit Maidenhead had the last word thanks to Barrett’s finish at the end of a slick team move.
Halfacree said: “We were in control for the whole game really so it was a different kind of test but I thought we played pretty well and it was good to get the win. We were annoyed about not getting a clean sheet and we could have created more but can’t complain about a 4-1 win in 30 degrees.”
The Left Back – voted Player’s Player of the Season for 2020/21 – also got an assist to her name to top off a successful weekend, setting up Barnes: “It was right footed as well so I’ll take that all day long. I had the ball at the back on the half way line, played a long ball over the top and Nat ran onto it and scored.”
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