A late fightback from Wycombe Wanderers Ladies wasn't quite enough to salvage a point against Tower Hill on Sunday afternoon.Since Wycombe had only just been promoted to Division 1, they welcomed their unacquainted new rivals to their home pitch. All they knew was that Tower Hill had had an impressive start to the season winning one and drawing one, however the Blues were up for the points from the first blow of the whistle.
Wanderers started off strongly and began to press in their opponents' half and dominated the first 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Tower Hill managed to score an early goal to make the score 1-0.
Wycombe Ladies' heads did not go down - they restarted the game and had some good links of play. Kim Bignall showed great strength and commitment in defence, as did Charlotte Bagshaw putting in some meaningful tackles. The pair worked their hearts out together to clear the balls out of the danger zone.
Leah Flisik in goal was unlucky when Tower Hill managed to slide another ball into our goal for 2-0, and Wycombe almost fought their way back into the game when an impressive delivery from Ellie Searle just ran free from Emma Newberry’s boot.
Tower Hill started off strong in the second half which caused Wycombe’s midfield and defence to work together as a team. Wycombe did well to be on top of Tower Hill getting to the ball first - Nicola Kirk and Helen Taylor worked well together including some impressive runs from Helen down the left wing where she sprinted on towards Tower Hill’s goal to supply the strikers.
Midfielders Rebecca Gooch, Holly Hussey-Burd and Christina O’Connor worked endlessly to supply the strikers with good deliveries, while Emma Newberry and Ellie Searle played well on the wings together delivering the ball through to Gemma Najar in the middle. Unfortunately for Wycombe, the Tower Hill goalie managed to get on the end of a few potential chances scooping up the through ball on the edge of the box.
Shortly after, Tower Hill scored their third goal. This did not reflect the possession and spirit that Wycombe had. Tower Hill then scored a fourth goal shortly after which really pumped Wycombe Wanderers up.
Wycombe knew they had to step up to the mark if they stood a chance of fighting back. They had a tactical change of play and subbed on Steph Mcdaid, Hayley Giles and Hannah Banyard, all of whom made a big impact on the pitch. Banyard made her debut for Wycombe after being out for a while with an injury; she played well and will be a great asset to the team when she is fighting fit.
With Wycombe’s fresh legs and a change in positions, Ellie Searle scored a screamer of a goal from the right hand side of the pitch. It was exactly what the Ladies deserved and got everyone going. Wanderers' commitment was outstanding, running to get the ball from the back of the net as quickly as they could to make the most of every minute. Shortly after, Ellie found the back of the net again with an impressive lob of Tower Hill’s goalie taking the score to 4-2.
Wycombe were dominating again and saw Hayley Giles cross a great delivery to Emily Holmes across the box, unfortunately it just ran short of the goal post. Steph Mcdaid made a great defensive presence on the pitch when she came on including a close shave of a free kick which just missed the top right hand corner. Despite Wycombe’s endless effort the final score ended at 4-2, and Tower Hill remain top of the league.
Team: Leah Flisik, Kim Bignall, Helen Taylor, Char Bagshaw, Steph McDaid, Nicola Kirk, Holly Hussey-Burd, Rebecca Gooch, Hannah Banyard, Christina O’Connor, Gemma Najar, Emily Holmes, Ellie Searle, Emma Newberry, Hayley Giles.