It was a Sunday afternoon defined by late goals and drama as the Magpies women claimed another FAWNL point at the death whilst the Development team made history with their first-ever win. 
Newly promoted Torquay United arrived in Berkshire without a point after a tough opening start to the season, having played some of the pre-season favourites. Maidenhead took control of the game in the opening half-hour thanks to smart finishes from Nat Cowell and Izzy Stockton and the game seemed to be going to script, but Emily Eaton pulled one back on the stroke of halftime. The visitors came on strong in the second period but it seemed as if Maidenhead were getting on top before Rhi Bailey levelled the scores with a fantastic free-kick with only five minutes to play. Into injury time it seemed that Esme Kilburn-Thompson had given the Devon side a remarkable come-from-behind success, but deep into time added on United salvaged an important point when Cowell bundled home Megan Halfacree's cross to spark memorable celebrations. 
There was no less drama a couple of miles north of York Road as the Development team triumphed in their FAWNL Reserve Cup 'home' match against Cheltenham Town at Holyport FC. United led in the first half thanks to Ashlee Withers' fine strike from a free-kick but the visitors levelled things up late in the game to send matters to a penalty shoot-out. Maidenhead held their nerve to score six of their seven spot-kicks whilst goalkeeper Kenny Clarke - who had scored her own penalty in the shoot-out - saved two to win the Magpies through to Round two. 
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