Wycombe Wanderers Ladies recorded a convincing 3-0 victory in what was often a bit of a scrappy affair against Oxford City Nomads on Sunday.
Blues travelled to Court Farm Place to face the Nomads, who had started the league season in very similar form to their visitors. City’s 3G pitch was always going to be testing to start with, and the first 15 minutes proved that with neither team really getting hold of the ball and using the surface to their advantage.
Wycombe managed to thread a few nice passes through the Nomads’ midfield with Rocky (Barette) linking well with Inniss and Boro (O'Connor). The midfield also scared the life out of the Nomad’s defence as Wycombe drove in to space on numerous occasions down the right flank.
The game turned just after the midway point of the first half as the Blues’ captain Charlotte Bagshaw - who had controlled the back four as excellently as normal - hit a speculative shot from some 30 yards, which hammered off the crossbar and out to safety.
This seemed to spur on Wycombe as Messitt and Rocky started to control the middle of the park, leaving space on the left for Tara Woodward to exploit as she linked well with Abi Canvin and Inniss, only for the Nomads’ keeper to smother.
The breakthrough came shortly after however as Boro, still causing trouble for her opponent as she had done all half, won the ball down the right and sped in to the area before finishing with a rasping drive to the keeper’s left. At this point it looked a lot more likely that Wycombe would score a second rather than concede an equaliser.
Boss Andy McIntosh rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Emma Newberry on the right side and putting Kitty upfront, the latter a move that would prove telling later in the game.
Again, the second half took some time to get going with a few holes opening in the midfield for both teams. Out of the blue however, Nomads nearly scored as a mix up in the Wycombe defence let them in before Katie Hudson came out to claim well in goal.
After this, Blues started turning the screw and the chances started to become more frequent. Kitty’s pace was causing all sorts of trouble to the Oxford City defence and on 69 minutes it proved telling. A through-ball from midfield was latched on to by Kitty and she flew past her marker before a calm and composed finish passed the keeper.
Rocky, now dominating the middle of the park, was finding space between the City midfield and defence and working well with Boro. Boro took up a more central role which nearly paid dividends as she crashed a snarling shot off the crossbar which annoyingly bounced down on the line and back out.
There was still time for player of the match, Bagshaw, to finish the game off as a corner that wasn’t cleared fell to her and she slotted it past the outstretched City keeper.
Wycombe’s next game is away to the league’s early leaders Barton Rovers on Sunday 12th November. On this show, once they get going the Blues are hard to stop and with Wargrave not playing that weekend, a win would take Wycombe Wanderers Ladies top.
Photo: Charlotte Bagshaw, by PRiME Media Images