Wycombe Wanderers Ladies smashed 10 goals past Basingstoke yesterday to return to winning ways after a two-week break from the action.
Having been defeated by fellow high-flyers Abingdon at the end of November, Andy McIntosh's side were without a game last weekend due to Sandhurst withdrawing from the league.
However, they showed no signs of rustiness, cruising into a 4-0 lead at half-time against Basingstoke before hitting double figures for the second time this season.
Chloe Ball struck twice on her debut after being called up from the under-18s side, while top scorer Tara Woodward bagged another hat-trick and Charlotte Bagshaw (two), Christina O'Connor (two) and Olivia Hall aso added their names to the scoresheet. See the full report below.
Their final game before Christmas sees them take on Wargave on Sunday, having beaten them 11-0 in the reverse fixture. The game kicks off at 2pm at Recreation Road, Wargrave, Berks, RG10 8BG.
Meanwhile Wycombe have been drawn at home to New Milton Town in the quarter-final of the League Cup on 13th January.
Team vs Basingstoke: Batkin, Jacobs, Dean, Hudson, Barette, Newberry, O'Connor, Bagshaw, Jacobs, Ball, Woodward.
Subs: Hall, Messitt, Southby.
The Ladies travelled to Hampshire to face Basingstoke in the league. They'd previously beaten the opposition 6-0 in the league and 1-0 in the cup, however the Blues had strict orders to not become complacent. The pitch was a new 3G facility in Whitchurch and the Blues wasted no time on a familiar surface.
Tara Woodward converted a deep cross from winger Chante Inniss at the far post in the third minute. Striker Chloe Ball made her debut for the Blues from the U18s team and took no time in holding back and bagged her first senior goal on the 17 minute mark. Woodward and Ball continued to link up well throughout. The Chairgirls led 4-0 at half-time with further goals by the Ladies captain, Charlotte Bagshaw, and Woodward's second.
Wycombe continued their ascendancy through the second half, sound in defence, more composed in midfield and finding space behind Basingstoke's higher line. Six more goals included two goals from Christina O’Connor smashing home a free-kick and drilling the ball low and hard into the left-hand corner. Bagshaw and Ball secured their second each, Woodward completed her hat-trick and Olivia Hall scored her first of the season.
A solid and powerful team performance, all the units linking and combining effectively and an extremely assured debut for Chloe Ball who deserved a hat-trick. The Blues travel to Wargrave next Sunday 16th December for their fourth away game in a row.
Risborough Rangers U18 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers Ladies U18
Wycombe Wanderers U18 narrowly lost at Risborough Rangers in the Berks and Bucks Cup. The home side scored with a free kick which keeper Eames got a hand to but couldn't keep it out. Haarburger slid in the equaliser from a quick counter attack set up by a powerful run from Lennard. Despite creating a number of scoring opportunities it remained level at half time.
Play was equal in the second half but it was Rangers who scored the decisive goal on 65 minutes, an unmarked finish at the far post was unlucky because the defence, up to that point, had been well organised by Coward and Boddy. The Blues changed shape and pressed hard to equalise but couldn't find a finish. The performance again showed progress individually and collectively on previous games.
The U18s take on Binfield U18 Wildcats on Saturday 15th December at home (OX9 3RN – 9:30am kick off).
Team: Eames, Johnson, Crombie, Coward Boddy, Lennard, Wyncoll, Haarburger, Harrington, Woodward, Steel, Priest