A late goal by Ellie Searle wasn't enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chesham United Ladies on Sunday 13th September.The newly promoted Blues were in high spirits after making an excellent start in the Southern Region First Division after beating Andover New Street Ladies 5-3 at home in their first game of the season the previous week.
Wycombe got off to a flying start, keeping possession for large parts although the Chesham defence were not allowing a way through to goal. As the half went on, Chesham began to grow into the game and broke through the Wycombe defence several times, however some well-timed tackles denied them a goal scoring opportunity.
This was until Chesham striker Katie Squire found herself a yard and managed to bag Chesham a goal. Wycombe were keen to respond to going behind and had a handful of decent opportunities – the best of them falling to last season’s top goal scorer Emily Holmes, but unfortunately luck was not in her favour as she could not convert. The half time break was well needed for Wycombe as they need to settle down and regroup.
To say the second half was one way traffic would be an understatement; Wycombe had picked themselves up after the break and were causing havoc for the Chesham defence. Wingers Ellie Searle and Emma Newbury were running the full backs riot and continued to provide Holmes with tempting crosses, although some good goalkeeping and lucky deflections prevented her from scoring still.
Chesham were pegged back into their own half for long periods until ex-Wycombe midfielder Vicky Smyth put fellow ex-Wycombe midfielder Kirsty Gladwin through on goal and she managed to score Chesham’s second as the ball took an unfortunate dodgy bounce in front of Wycombe goalkeeper Emma Klima.
This was completely against the run of play and Wycombe felt they were very undeservedly trailing 2-0. That was until Ellie Searle’s rapid pace took her away from the Chesham defence and she coolly slotted the ball home to spark a possible comeback for the Blues. Sadly there were only 5 minutes left and although Wanderers had the upper hand completely, it was not long enough to score an equaliser.
It was clear to see the disappointment etched all over the Wycombe players' faces as they knew they were the better team throughout the game.
Team: Klima, Bagshaw, Bignall, Goddard-Joseph, Holmes, Jenkins, Kirk, Newberry, O'Connor, Searle, Taylor.
Subs: Giles, Gooch, Povey.