Chante Inniss scored a hat-trick as Wycombe Wanderers Ladies finished 2018 with a 5-0 victory at Wargrave on Sunday afternoon.
Alix Todd and Tara Woodward were also on target as the Chairgirls moved to second place in the table, three points behind leaders Moneyfields.
This was a better test than the previous league meeting (which Wanderers won 11-0), with the home side attempting to put more pressure on the Blues and playing earlier in behind the defence. It was to be a recurring feature of the half and some good sweeping and alert covering by keeper Amy Batkin frustrated Wargrave.
Inniss added a second on 33 minutes volleying in at the far post from Emma Dean's deep cross.
Wycombe gained more control in the second half, Wargrave producing a few dangerous attacking moves. Two goals in four minutes finished the game as a contest; Inniss scored another predatory far post finish on 49 minutes and Alix Todd was first to a loose ball in the box, coolly finishing on 53 minutes.
Wargrave battled on with diminishing return, and Inniss completed her hat-trick in the last minute with a neat swivel and low shot inside the near post. An effective end to the year and the challenge in two cups and the League is something to look forward to in 2019.
Their next game takes place on Sunday 6th January against Wokingham & Emmbrook, kicking off at 2pm at Flackwell College 3G pitch, Spring Lane, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 9HE.
Team vs Wargrave: Batkin, Jacobs, Dean, Bagshaw, Hudson, Newberry, O'Connor, Barette, Southby, Woodward, Inniss.
Subs: Todd, O'Neil, Messitt.
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies U18s 1 - 0 Binfield FC Ladies U18s
Meanwhile the Ladies’ under-18s also tasted victory over Binfield.
Conditions were hardly perfect, with a biting wind and a firm pitch, but both sides put maximum effort into the game. An even first 20 minutes saw the Blues create a few chances but Binfield gained control and created some good opportunities which weren't converted.
Wycombe reorganised in midfield for the second half and the more disciplined structure led by Finlay Lennard and Millie Crombie achieved more possession. Binfield attacks were largely broken down by Holly Wyncoll and Daisy Pearson. Olivia Steel worked tirelessly to link up with Lennard and Kylie Woodward to create a goal scoring opportunity, but the final product did not arise.
Strikers Woodward and Bridget Harrington worked hard to create an attacking threat but the breakthrough came on 65 minutes from a corner, a square ball to Ellie Haarburger 18 yards out who clipped a high shot into the roof of the net.
The result puts this squad second in the Central Division, a fine achievement and the target now is to maintain that challenge into 2019.
Squad: Eames, Steel, Priest, Wyncoll, Williams, Boddy, Haarburger, Lennard, Crombie, Harrington, Woodward.
Subs: Carter, Pearson.