Wycombe Wanderers Ladies recorded an emphatic 6-0 win against Ascot United last weekend, writes captain Charlotte Bagshaw.Last Sunday sixth-placed Wycombe Ladies welcomed eighth-placed Ascot United to Bells Hill Recreation Ground.
The score finished 7-0 to the Blues the last time the teams met so they were hoping to replicate a similar scoreline to increase their goal difference.
Ascot kicked off with Wycombe skipper Charlotte Bagshaw opting to make the most of the slightly worse for wear pitch, but that didn’t stop Wycombe gaining possession from the off and start knocking the ball around with ease. It was clear from the outset that Ascot would be playing a chasing game and they found themselves a goal down after 15 minutes when the in-form Rebecca Gooch curled a corner kick in which managed to catch everyone by surprise and nestle in at the far post.
This set the way of the game as Ascot struggled to create any decent chances at all, giving Wycombe the opportunity to press and look for a second goal before half-time. And it didn’t take long as Gemma Najar scored her second goal in as many games after Hannah Banyard played her through on goal with a well-timed pass.
The Blues were happy to keep possession until half-time as they only had a bare 11 on the day due to recent injuries.
The second half began much the same as the first with the Wanderers maintaining possession for large spells in the hunt for more goals. Chances soon came in abundance with strikers Hannah Banyard and Lauren Head both coming close to the third goal but the Ascot keeper did well to keep them out.
Lauren Head’s persistence soon paid off after she latched onto a huge kick from Blues keeper Casey Dunford to put Wycombe three to the good. Ascot had all but given up hope midway through the half but Dunford was suddenly called into action for the first time, saving fantastically to preserve her clean sheet.
This seemed to further motivate Wycombe as they began to run away with the game. Bagshaw clipped a ball over the top which Lauren Head was able to bring down and finish coolly across the keeper to score her second and Wycombe’s fourth. It only took a matter of minutes for her to seal her hat-trick with a cheeky tap-in from close range, but she didn’t stop there. Hungry for goals, she scored her fourth and final goal of the game after tapping in Banyard’s superb through ball.
The win means the Blues maintain sixth spot – one point behind Fleet Town in fifth. The Ladies will be back in action on 13th March when they travel to Oxford to take on Tower Hill Ladies & Girls.