Free-scoring Wycombe Wanderers Ladies smashed seven past Ascot United to reach fourth place in the league.Last Sunday saw the Blues travel to Ascot for their second away fixture in the league this season. Having scored eight goals in their last two games, Wycombe were expecting more of the same against the bottom of the table side. A win would see Wycombe keep 4th spot and go four points clear of Ascot, so it is clear to see how tight the league is at the moment.
The Blues - sporting their pink kit - kicked off and after a few minutes it was clear that Wycombe would dominate the match with Ascot pinned back into their own half. With less than 10 minutes played, Wanderers went 1-0 up through Emma Newberry coming in from the right and slotting the ball perfectly into the bottom left corner.
Shortly after the re-start, left-midfielder Christina O’Connor - ‘Boro’ to her teammates - tried her luck with an outrageous lob which blasted into the top corner over the Ascot keeper who was left a spectator. Boro is slowly becoming known for her long range striking abilities as she’s not afraid to have a go from anywhere on the pitch!
It was literally a matter of seconds before she scored her second of the game after latching onto a sublime through ball from right-midfielder Ellie Searle. Her shot hit the inside of the post and nestled into the opposite corner of the goal. Amazingly Boro didn’t stop there; still hungry for goals, she managed to seal a hat-trick in as many minutes. This goal was almost a carbon copy of her second, however she skipped past two defenders before firing her shot onto the inside of the post again. That was it in terms of action for the first half with the score at 4-0 to the Blues.
Manager Andrew Morten’s instructions were not to sit back and protect the lead, but to go out all guns blazing to increase the side’s goal difference. With that in mind the Blues continued to press for more goals. Strikers Hannah Banyard and Lauren Head both took to the pitch after lengthy spells being injured. It wasn’t long before Banyard got herself on the scoresheet after she struck the ball from just outside the box, although it was slightly fortunate as the keeper let it slip through her hands, but another goal nonetheless.
Not long after, Banyard picked the ball up just inside the opposing half and played a nifty little one-two with Boro, before placing an exquisite left-footed first time shot over the keeper’s head in what was a contender for one of the top goals of the season so far.
Now that the game was all but won, the Blues were able to knock the ball around the pitch freely which was frustrating a weary Ascot side. There was time for one last goal and it was Banyard again. Not wanting to be outdone by Boro, she crashed a shot against the post and followed it up to score on her second attempt, giving her a thoroughly deserved hat-trick. After not having a single save to make, Blues keeper Casey Dunford was called into action late on as the Ascot striker broke through the defence for the first time. She saved a lofted shot at full stretch to keep the clean sheet. Morten was pleased with his side’s total domination of the game and hope’s their unbeaten run will continue next Sunday at home against Team Solent.