Wycombe Wanderers Ladies are back in action on Sunday after a fortnight away, following the postponement of last weekend's meeting with Sandhurst, who have dropped out of the league.
The Chairgirls lost ground on the title race with a 2-1 loss to fellow high-flyers Abingdon last time out, but now hope to take down Basingstoke for a third time this season, having defeated the Hampshire club in both league and cup meetings so far.
The match will be played at War Memorial Park, Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke, RG21 4AG, kicking off at 2pm. Admission is free for all.
In the first half Wycombe had the edge over their opponents and looked particularly dangerous attacking down the right flank, with Woods playing as an out and out right winger, as well as through the centre where Ball was a constant menace to the City Belles centre backs. It was a through ball latched onto by Ball which saw Wycombe open the scoring. Ball added a second soon after following a good move down the right resulting with Woods crossing for Ball to finish from close range on the turn.
City Belles threatened the U18s with their record of having three strikers who had scored 21 goals in six games between them. Following this the balance of attacking play was more even in the second half reflecting the competitiveness of the match. A long pass from Wheller over the top saw Ball run in behind the defence and crash the ball into the top corner with a fantastic strike on the run, to make it 3-0. Davis added the fourth towards the end with a neat left foot finish from ten yards following a cross by Winfield.
This was a good result and a strong performance by the Wycombe team with the foundation laid by the impressive back four, marshalled and led by the captain Knock who was excellent, and supported ably by Whittle in goal who made two good saves at key moments in the game. This was Wycombe's 8th clean sheet in 10 games.
Wycombe Wanderers XI’s next game is a big one against Chesham United LFC U18s on 5th January whereas, this Saturday (8th December) Wycombe Wanderers U18s face Risborough Corinthians, both in the Berks and Bucks Cup.
Team: Baker, Ball, Day, Knock (C), Johnston, Orchard, Shah, Wheller, Whittle, Winfield, Woods.
Subs: Chowdhry and Davis