Wycombe Wanderers Ladies continued their excellent recent run of form in front of goal with an 8-2 win at home to Aylesbury last weekend.Last week Wycombe Ladies hosted a struggling Aylesbury side who have been propping up the rest of the table since the start of the season.
The Blues have been in impressive form of late and they certainly didn’t disappoint on the day. The game got off to a flying start for Wycombe as they were knocking the ball around with great confidence making it hard for Aylesbury to gain any possession at all.
The referee was soon called into action as Aylesbury’s keeper looked to have handled the ball outside of her area; he correctly awarded Wycombe a free kick on the edge of the box however the keeper somehow dodged a booking much to Wycombe’s anger.
Centre back Jordan Goddard-Joseph stepped up and lofted the ball high into the back of the net making it 1-0 to the Blues after ten minutes. The team have been impressing manager Andrew Morten with their ability to score early goals this season, and before they knew it, they were two goals to the good, this time left-back Helen Taylor struck a superb first time shot from just outside the eighteen yard box leaving the keeper scrambling.
Not wanting to be left out, skipper Charlotte Bagshaw nodded home from six yards out after central defence partner Goddard-Joseph swung in a teasing corner kick, making the scoreline 3-0 with twenty minutes played. By the half hour mark the Blues could have been five or six to the good if it wasn’t for some great shot-stopping by the Aylesbury keeper who was lucky to still be in the pitch; most noticeable chances falling to Erin Jenkins, Floriske Webb and Jacqui Coomber.
Aylesbury did manage to get a foot in the game as a long ball was played forward to former Wycombe player Stefanie Coe who took the ball round Blues keeper Emily Sherwood and found the net. Minutes later Wycombe found themselves with a three goal lead again, however this time with a helping hand from the Aylesbury captain who was not anticipating Leah Flisik’s flick on from Goddard-Joseph’s corner.
Wycombe were proving far too much to handle, particularly Ellie Searle on the left wing whose pace and trickery was causing havoc all game, and it was her who provided Wycombe’s fifth goal of the game. The Blues were playing some stunning football, and at times were able to push all ten outfield players into the opposing half.
It was this high work rate and pressure that led to a goal line scramble which resulted in the ball luckily crossing the line, although it was once again an Aylesbury player with the final touch. This left the game at 6-1 before the break.
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with Wycombe retaining the majority of the possession for long spells. Striker Jacqui Coomber was moved out to the wing to do what she does best, knocking the ball past defender after defender and hurdling tackles. Her determination paid off as she struck Wycombe’s seventh of the game with a neat finish.
Credit has to go to Aylesbury who never gave up and managed to find the net for the second time after 81 minutes, although it was only a consolation as Blues striker Lauren Head found the top corner with a thunderous shot from twenty-five yards out. It was the perfect way to end a game which included some cracking goals.
The score finished 8-2 to Wycombe which was a fair reflection of the game, with Aylesbury’s keeper saving them from any more embarrassment on many occasions throughout the game.
Andrew Morten was more than happy with his team’s performance, commenting on how good the start of the team’s games have been this season. The Blues have now scored eighteen goals in three games, and only conceded four which is an astonishing achievement for any team.
They now sit third in the league, five points off top spot but with a game in hand over their rivals. Next week Wycombe travel to Oxford to face Headington in the League Cup Quarter final. They have already beaten Headington 3-1 at home this season, and beat them in the Plate final last season, so they will undoubtedly be out for revenge.