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Ladies edged out of cup by Marlow

28 January 2016

Captain Charlotte Bagshaw tells the tale of a narrow 2-0 defeat at the hands of Marlow United.

Last Sunday saw Wycombe Ladies play Marlow United Ladies at Magnolia Park, Hughenden, in their Berks & Bucks Cup quarter-final. It would be Wycombe’s first game of 2016 due to the bad weather of late, so it would be a huge test for the Blues against a high-flying Marlow side who are currently unbeaten in the Southern Region Premier Division.

Marlow kicked off the highly-anticipated game and looked to try and find a way to goal straight away with a couple of lofted balls forward, but the Blues defence stood strong and held their line well allowing keeper Casey Dunford to gather with ease.

As Wycombe settled into the game, they were managing to keep possession for large spells, leaving Marlow chasing and leaving gaps in their formation. Chances soon came their way as forwards Hannah Banyard, Ellie Searle and Emma Newberry all came extremely close but couldn’t beat the keeper. As the half advanced it was clear that Wycombe were dominating play over their rivals from the division above, particularly in midfield through Gemma Najar and former Marlow player Christina O’Connor who were both doing a fantastic job in the middle of the park.

The Blues’ best chance of the half came around the 30-minute mark when O’Connor drilled a shot towards the top corner from 25 yards out only to see it desperately pushed over the crossbar. Wycombe were well in their stride now and felt a goal was sure to come their way soon. Their tremendous efforts were agitating the Marlow players as they began to show their frustration towards each other. More chances fell to Wycombe but still they were unable to break the deadlock and ended up going into the half-time break feeling extremely hard-done by.

After the break it was Marlow’s turn to pile on the pressure – and so they did when striker Abi Canvin beat the offside trap twice to score two almost identical goals. Feeling very frustrated Wycombe began to knock the ball around again but were still struggling to beat Marlow’s keeper forcing them to take on some desperate shots at goal with time running out. With about 10 minutes left Emma Newberry had the best chance of the game but fired her shot agonisingly over the bar.

That would be it for the Blues as far as the cup competitions are concerned. After what was undoubtedly a splendid performance Wycombe were beaten by a Marlow side who were only really in the game for 10 minutes. Manager Andrew Morten was there to offer some refreshing words after the game stating that sometimes you can be the better team for 80 minutes and still lose the game, however it is the performance that counts the most and the goals will follow.

Next week Wycombe face Chesham at home in a league encounter.

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