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First manageress suffers defeat


Manageress keen for more offers

Donna Powell suffered defeat with Fisher Athletic as she became the first woman to manage in senior football.

Struggling Fisher went down 2-1 in their Blue Square South match at home to high-flying Eastleigh on Wednesday.

Turnstile operator Powell, 27, got the opportunity to take over from boss Dave Mehmet for one game after raising 500 for the south London club.

Chairman Martin Eede hailed the second-half performance under Powell as one of the side's best of the season.

The Fish were 2-0 down against promotion-chasing Eastleigh at half-time but pulled one back through a 25-yard free-kick from American John Raus a minute from time to ensure a tense finish.

Powell, who already runs a boys' football team, switched from Fisher's usual 3-5-2 formation to 4-4-2 at the interval.

Powell told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I enjoyed it very much and the boys played really well - they battled hard and obviously Eastleigh are third in the league.


"I just congratulate them for getting a goal back and not losing big scores. They lost 2-1, but well done to them.

"It was a bit tougher than what I expected but it was good. It was tougher from the fans more than anything else.

"They were shouting 'stay in the kitchen', but I've never been in a kitchen and I'll never go into a kitchen."

The result means Fisher have lost 11 matches in a row and leaves the club second from bottom of the table, 14 points from safety.

Eede told the club's website: "I was delighted by the players' response in the second half.

"I feared for us at half-time and thought it was only a matter of time before Eastleigh ran away with it but the team's response was fantastic and they put in one of our best performances of the season after half-time."

Powell says she is "desperate" for a career in football and is already taking her coaching badges.

"I'd love to be offered a role on the coaching staff on a more permanent basis. I believe I've got the talent to succeed," she said.

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