Wycombe Wanderers Ladies captain Charlotte Bagshaw reports on a 2-0 friendly win over Newbury last weekend.On Sunday 13th March Wycombe Ladies welcomed Newbury FC to Bell's Hill Rec for a friendly as neither team had a league fixture.
Newbury are currently fourth in the Southern Region Premier Division while the Blues are sixth in the Southern Region First Division so it would be a good test for Wycombe before their big game away to Tower Hill next Sunday.
Wycombe looked sharp from the beginning with a couple of chances falling to striker Lauren Head but her final touch made it comfortable for the Newbury keeper to come and collect.
Nevertheless, it was good pressure from the Blues against the opposition from the division above. The Blues were looking very dangerous in the wide areas as Becca Gooch and the returned Hayley Giles were causing havoc for the Newbury full-backs, earning several corners.
It was from a corner that Wycombe's best chance of the half came as Gemma Najar rose above everyone to head Gooch’s delivery just over the bar.
That was it for the first half and the Blues were happy with their performance so far seeing as keeper Casey Dunford was yet to make a save.
Manager Andrew Morten made four changes with Kim Bignall, Ellie Searle, Emma Newberry and Becca Stopforth all taking to the field.
As play resumed, so did Wycombe’s attacking play as they pushed for an opening goal. Around the 50-minute mark Wycombe were handed a fantastic opportunity as Emma Newberry was brought down in the box earning a penalty.
Najar stepped up and netted her shot calmly after waiting a good while for the referee to decide what punishment to
give the defender.
Newbury did try to respond however they could only shoot from distance as Wycombe’s defence stood strong meaning Dunford
could save with ease.
Wanderers soon eased any pressure Newbury had to offer as the went 2-0 up through a superb solo effort from Ellie Searle.
Searle picked the ball up in midfield and skipped past several defenders before beating the keeper at her near post from close range.
It was all Wycombe now as they looked for a third goal. Hannah Banyard came closest as she snatched at a volley sending it over the cross bar.
The game had to end prematurely as a Newbury player ruptured her knee ligaments, so it was a slight anti-climax to a well-fought game for the Blues.
On Sunday Wycombe travel to Oxford to play Tower Hill who sit one place below the Blues so it is a must-win game for both teams.