Wycombe Wanderers Ladies continued their fine recent form with an outstanding 9-1 victory over City Belles FC at King George’s Field last Sunday.Wycombe won the reverse fixture 4-1, but the team were anything but complacent going into this game. The match got off to a flying start as Wycombe took the lead after just two minutes through in-form striker Emily Holmes’ close range shot. Wycombe continued to knock on the door as skipper Charlotte Bagshaw’s headed effort was pushed onto the woodwork by the Belles’ keeper, and this was shortly followed by a second Wycombe goal, this time from winger Ellie Searle who used her trickery to cut inside and get a shot off which was deflected, leaving the keeper with no chance.
City Belles did get a breakthrough after twenty minutes as there was some miscommunication between Wycombe’s defence and goalkeeper, but they replied in great fashion as striker Emily Holmes struck again making it 3-1. Wycombe had to make a change after left-back Laura Holland took a kick to the ankle and hobbled off, making way for the experienced Helen Taylor.
There was another injury break soon after as Wycombe keeper Emily Sherwood bravely slid out for the ball and took a boot to the face as a result. Much to Wycombe’s annoyance, no free kick was rewarded and instead the referee brandished a yellow card to Taylor for dissent. Wycombe then punished the visitors again with Ellie Searle getting her second of the match, making it 4-1 at half time.
After the break, the game continued along the same path as Wycombe lengthened their lead to 5-1, when Ellie Searle grabbed her hat-trick after some great play between her and Emily Holmes - the two of them were proving too much for the Belles’ defence to handle. Not to be out done, Emily went and equalled Ellie, with both securing a hat-trick after the hour mark. Unfortunately the City Belles’ captain had to leave the field with a suspected broken nose after a collision with Emily Holmes , and this meant that City Belles were left without a striker, and consequently meant that Wycombe could push more players forwards in search of more goals.
And that’s just what they did, this time Holly Hussey-Burd joining in on the action making it 7-1. The Wycombe defence were rarely in action from this point onwards with keeper Emily Sherwood not having a single touch. Some more great attacking football allowed Emily Holmes to grab her fourth goal of the game before Hussey-Burd got her second, making it 9-1 at the whistle.
Overall, Wycombe’s football was outstanding on the day leaving manager Andrew Morten proud of everyone’s performance. Wycombe continue to climb the table and look ahead to what is sure to be a closely fought game away at Barton Utd on Sunday 11th January.
Squad: C.Bagshaw, E.Sherwood, H.Taylor, F.Webb, H.Moore, L.Holland, L.Flisik, H.Macintyre, H.Hussey-Burd, E.Holmes, E. Searle, J.Goddard-Joseph, E.Jenkins.
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