Wycombe Wanderers Ladies recorded a superb victory over Aylesbury, as Charlotte Bagshaw reports.After the previous week’s upsetting County Cup Semi-Final defeat to Woodley United, Wycombe Wanderers Ladies bounced back in style with a 4-0 win against a struggling Aylesbury side on Sunday 22nd February.
The match got off to a very slow start – both teams absolutely soaked due to the heavy rain and side wind which showed no sign of easing off. Neither of the teams were able to make any decent effort on goal in the early stages and it was beginning to rile the players and supporters.
However, after around 25 minutes, Blues skipper Charlotte Bagshaw found herself in acres of space in midfield and audaciously managed to lob the Aylesbury keeper from about 25 yards out. The 1-0 lead seemed to calm the players down and more chances followed, although a second goal was not found before half time.
The extremely cold wind and rain forced Wycombe strikers Emily Holmes and Daniella Snowden to sit out of the second half due to illness, so Jacqui Coomber came off the bench and scored Wycombe’s second within five minutes of the re-start with a fine finish.
Minutes later, Erin Jenkins skilfully evaded two defenders and confidently slotted the ball into the back of the net; she had been well overdue a goal so this was a great moment for her and the team.
Aylesbury had barely entered the Wycombe half since the half-time break, meaning the Blues’ defenders were all camped in the Aylesbury half. Spotting her chance, Bagshaw made a teasing run behind the defence and was fed a delightful through ball by winger Ellie Searle, before dropping her shoulder to lose her defender and finding the corner of the net. This was her second and Wycombe’s fourth and final goal for the day.
The referee decided to end the game after the hour mark as the conditions worsened and an agreement was reached between the teams. Although this was far from Wycombe’s best performance due to the awful weather conditions, it was a big win for them and it keeps them in the driving seat to win the league. They currently sit in third place behind Carterton Town Ladies and Kidlington, however they have two games in hand and both of the above teams still to play at home.
The ladies’ next game is their League Cup Semi-Final against rivals Kidlington at King George’s Field on 8th March.
Team: Sherwood, Bagshaw (c), Courtenay, Flisik, Holmes, Johnson, McIntyre, Moore, Searle, Snowden, Webb.
Subs: Coomber, Goddard-Joseph, Jenkins, Taylor.
Referee: Mr G Stratford.