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Report: Derby County 3-1 MK Dons Women

MK Dons Women conclude their pre-season preparations…

14 August 2023

Match Reports

Report: Derby County 3-1 MK Dons Women

MK Dons Women conclude their pre-season preparations…

14 August 2023

MK Dons Women saw their final pre-season friendly fixture end in a 3-1 defeat against FAWNL Northern Premier Division outfit, Derby County.

Tricia Gould, Charlie Bill’s talisman during pre-season, found her way on the scoresheet once again a week ahead of the season opener.
 
A frantic start to the clash saw the home side take an early lead, but it would be Gould who would level the score-line. The goal-scorer converted a free-kick that she earned following some impressive build-up play to create the chance.

Both teams entered the break at an equal 1-1 score-line, but the last 45 minutes of the pre-season preparations presented a different outcome.

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Much like in the first-half, Derby had restored their lead swiftly after the restart. The game continued with MK Dons at a one-goal deficit until County increased their advantage to 3-1 in the 85 minute of the game.
 
This saw a 3-1 defeat for the travelling team, who will now have full focus on Sunday’s season opener.
 
MK Dons Women’s Manager Charlie Bill shared his thoughts following the Derby County fixture:
 
“On reflection, it’s been a really good pre-season in terms of learning. We’ve tried some things that have worked and some things that haven’t, which is ultimately what pre-season is all about.
 
“There were a lot of positives from today, when it was equal in the first-half I think we had two or three moments when we should’ve punished them and gained the lead.

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“Even in the second-half whilst a goal down we still produced those big moments, but we wasn’t able to capitalise. On another day I think we come away from that game with a win, but the nice thing about pre-season is that you don’t have the pressure of achieving three points.”
 
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Charlie Bill and MK Dons Women will embark on their first FAWNL Southern Premier Division league fixture on Sunday when they host Oxford United at Stadium MK.



To ensure that you don’t miss out on the season opener, as well as any future home games throughout the season, purchase an MK Dons Women’s Season Ticket. CLICK HERE to find out more.
 
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