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Saroya heartened by adaptability shown by his Magpies side

Neil Maskell

Kat Mace

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Maidenhead United Women’s manager Nevin Saroya will have been heartened by the adaptability shown by his side in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Denham United Ladies.

Kat Mace – a television researcher by trade – slotted into the unfamiliar position of centre back alongside Kajal Malhotra, but the pair managed to keep a well-deserved clean sheet.

Mace, 27, produced a composed performance which will have given Saroya food for thought ahead of the new campaign.

Reflecting on the match, she said: “It was my first game playing at centre-back and I actually felt really comfortable there. The team stayed vocal and I think we worked well as a unit and remained disciplined throughout.”

There are four more warm up matches planned before the FAWNL season gets underway in September. Mace is now one of the mainstays of a side that has seen an influx of new players this summer. No fewer than six new faces appeared in Sunday’s game, including Natalie Barnes who scored the goal of the match.

“I’ve forgotten that they’re new, they’ve slotted in so well,” she said. Nicole (Barrett) at right back had another good game. I thought Mia (Reid) who came on at left back did well too. Cool as a cucumber with her set pieces. Jade (Chhokar) in the middle showed her good feet. They didn’t have a great deal to do but both keepers were switched on and kept vocal at the back which obviously helped me in that unfamiliar centre-back position.

“I think pre-season is all about learning and trying out players in different positions. So it was good to get 90 minutes at this stage. It was a hot one, but our patience paid off with two goals and I’m looking forward to the next game.”

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