01:15PM, Tuesday 30 November 2021
Gemma Bloor and captain Amy Saunders. Photo: Darren Woolley
Maidenhead United Women make a long overdue return to action this weekend when they welcome Larkhall Athletic to York Road in a crucial-looking FAWNL Division 1 South West clash at York Road on Sunday, December 5, a 2pm kick off for their first fixture in a month.
Manager Ryan Taylor has been frustrated by a run of postponements which has denied his team an opportunity to find their rhythm.
In recent weeks, County Cup opposition Milton United withdrew from the competition and the following weekend the FAWNL cancelled the Magpies fixture at Buckland Athletic. Taylor arranged a friendly against Fulham last weekend which also bit the dust due to COVID issues at the London club.
Defender Gemma Bloor – who has started seven of the team’s nine games in this stop-start season – was part of a defence which performed well last time out against Swindon Town as the Magpies slipped to a rather unfortunate single goal defeat to Swindon Town.
Despite her frustration at a lack of games in recent weeks Bloor and her team-mates have been busy on the training ground.
“It’s been good” says the reliable centre-back. “We haven’t had a game for a while but are continuing to train and work on things that we need to develop as a team.
“We’re always working hard in training to improve our shape and defending as a team but in my opinion there’s always things we can improve on.”
Bloor – the former Woodley player who is now in her fifth season with the Magpies – ended that Swindon fixture playing in goal following an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Lola Pollard, the tall defender proving her versatility once again.
“It’s hard to believe but I played as a striker for a season when I played for Maidenhead Boys and Girls,” she said. “I’ve also played in goal in lots of tournaments.”
Taylor will be hoping to employ Bloor in her specialist position on Sunday when Maidenhead have an opportunity to leapfrog their opponents in the table. Admission for this key game will be £3 adults and £2 concessions, cash only.