Sunday 1st February saw Wycombe Ladies host Oxford City Nomads in another crucial league game.The Blues have been in incredible form of late, having not lost a game since they played Barton United back in October last year. Promotion is becoming increasingly possible and with a game in hand and both the teams above them still to come to King George’s Field, every game is being prepared for with the importance.
One or two changes were made for the game on Sunday, with both centre back Jordan Goddard-Joseph and striker Jacqui Coomber unavailable for the clash, so Hope Mcintyre partnered captain Charlotte Bagshaw at centre back and Lauren Head started on the right behind Emily Holmes.
As Wycombe got the game underway on a very sticky pitch, both teams were finding it difficult to keep possession, and few - if any - chances were created in the opening 10 minutes. After 15 minutes the Blues began to lift their performance, and as Oxford failed to clear a corner to safety it fell to Charlotte Bagshaw who fired a left-footed shot onto the crossbar, but fortunately striker Emily Holmes showed her instinct and was there to follow the shot up to make it 1-0 to Wycombe.
The goal seemed to make little difference to the flow and tempo of the game, and Wycombe were only just edging the possession battle as the game reached the half hour mark. Suddenly a sublime piece of skill from central midfielder Erin Jenkins allowed her to lose her marker and pick out Bagshaw’s run through the centre of the pitch; Bagshaw carried the ball 20 yards before picking out winger Ellie Searle’s run; Searle delivered the ball to Holmes’ feet who calmly slotted the ball home grabbing her second goal of the match. This was an excellent team goal showing the much needed desire that had been lacking since the start of the game.
Winger Ellie Searle was up to her usual tricks after the break, giving the Oxford defence a torrid time and her hard work and persistence paid off as she fired a shot into the top left corner of the net from a seemingly impossible angle. The score was now deservedly 3-0 to the Blues who looked full capable of going on to score more goals as the game progressed.
Oxford did pull one back as Blues keeper Emily Sherwood was unable to gather the ball in, allowing the Oxford striker to take it round her and provide a tidy finish. However this only spurred Wycombe on and they were gradually pinning Oxford further and further back into their own half. Holmes came close to bagging a hat-trick when Bagshaw’s through ball had her clear through on goal; however she lifted the ball over the crossbar.
Lauren Head found herself on the end of a clever through ball from Bagshaw and battled with the Oxford defence before unleashing a shot low into the right-hand corner of the goal.
The score finished 4-1 giving the Blues their sixth win in seven games, an achievement that has delighted manager Andrew Morten. With the League essentially in Wycombe’s hands now, the task is simple – win all remaining games and they will be crowned as champions, not to mention being involved in two cup semi-finals. This is shaping up to be a remarkable season for the Ladies in blue.
Next week Wycombe travel to Headington for a league clash, having beaten them two weeks ago in the cup 3-2.