Newbury Ladies Football
Match Report -- Season 2019-20
Berks & Bucks Womens Senior Quarter Final
17th November 2019
Maidenhead Utd Development 3 Newbury Ladies 1st 0
After falling to a disappointing and narrow defeat one week previously in the league at the hands of Winchester City Flyers, Newbury Ladies First Team took on Maidenhead United’s Development Team last Sunday in Round Two of the Berks & Bucks Women’s FA Senior Cup at the Donnington Recreation Ground. Technically this was an away fixture but it had been reversed at the request of Maidenhead.

It was the higher placed visiting team who struck first in the early stages, taking a very well worked one goal lead. But Newbury then responded well, digging in and staying in the game. Maidenhead were unable to penetrate again or extend their lead, and in fact it was Newbury that had created the better scoring chances as the first half progressed. And with Newbury’s midfield growing into the game, it remained 1-0 to Maidenhead at the interval.

Newbury started the second period with renewed confidence and they sensed they could find a way back into the tie. First Ellie Reed and then Gabriely Da Silva forced the Maidenhead goalkeeper into an excellent double save, after the visitors back line had been breached. But then disaster struck for Newbury, when the Magpie’s striker latched onto a weak pass in defence, to race clear and finish clinically to double Maidenhead’s advantage just inside the hour mark.

It was a cruel twist of fate for Newbury, as they had been performing superbly as a unit up until then. But they were unable to recover and Maidenhead scored a third and final goal late on, as tiredness was beginning to set in to Newbury’s players. Three nil to Maidenhead United the final score-line, which sees Newbury bow out of the County Cup competition for another year.

Match report by Sue Hewett

Players: Erin Davis-Donne, Becky Anderson (Capt), Leanne Saunders, Sam Atkins, Michelle Beverley, Shelley Forster, Charlotte Hull, Joanne Walsh-Perks, Gabriely Da Silva, Ellie Reed sub Nicole Beesley (82 mins), Noella Rodricks sub Molly Baker (75 mins),
Referee: Andy Bell,
Assistants: Emily Dow, Adel Rasouf
Goal scorers
Players of the match
Charlotte Hull
Next fixture

Southern Region Premier Division
8th December 2019 2 p.m.
Newbury Ladies v Warsash Wasps
at Donnington Recreation Ground