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QPR Ladies captain issues rallying cry

CAPTAIN Elly Maggs is urging QPR Ladies to build on their victory over West Ham United when they resume action in the FA Women’s Premier League next weekend.

Maggs and co headed into the Christmas break on a high after coming from behind to notch a first FAWPL win of the season.

Martino Chevannes’ side face another crucial clash up next, when fellow strugglers Lewes are the visitors to Honeycroft, and Maggs hopes Rangers can continue where they left off.

“Overall, it was a feeling of relief!” Maggs told after victory over the Hammers. “We’d forgotten what it had felt like to win. It was like an early Christmas present!

“We’re running out of games now, though, so we need to use the victory to kick on in 2017.”

Rangers made life hard for themselves after conceding Dayna Chong’s opener, but second-half strikes from Maggs and Jenny Critchley secured all three points.

They were indebted too to Reserves striker Rae Roberts, who was forced to don the gloves in goal, but was relatively untroubled against the Hammers – who had Hannah Wheeler sent off late on – as Rangers breathed fresh life into their fight for survival.

“It was a real big six-pointer and we knew that,” Maggs added.

“We showed we wanted the win and we need to use this as a catalyst and a springboard to go forward and find further points.”

After struggling to find the scoresheet so far this season, Maggs was equally pleased to play her part with a goal of her own.

“It was long overdue!” she said.

“I was saying before the game that I was due a goal. Hopefully I can add a few more between now and the end of the season!”