Wycombe Wanderers Ladies overcame Premier Division side Newbury to reach the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Cup, writes goalscorer Tara Woodward.
The Ladies hit the road this weekend as they took on Newbury, who are currently sitting in the league above the Chairgirls.
With their much preferred 3G surface being replaced by a slightly uneven and damp pitch, it proved to be a rusty start for the Blues as their well-known passing game was somewhat being held up. With Christina O’Connor and Natalie Barette dominating the midfield, it seemed Wycombe had most of the possession; passes and through balls were being made but it was proving tricky for Wycombe to get anything out of it.
The breakthrough came midway through the first half, when Newbury won a penalty after a handball in the box and despite keeper Amy Batkin's best efforts, the home side shot one low and hard into the bottom left hand corner. Wycombe were keen to pull this back and that’s exactly what happened when Tara Woodward fired one into the away net from outside the box. Game on.
The second half was much like the first; Wycombe had got used to the surface and had dominated possession yet again. With Emma Newberry working tirelessly down the right flank and Alix Todd down the left, more and more chances opened up for the away side. It was Todd's cross that assisted Woodward with her second of the game as she slotted the ball through the keeper's legs to make it 1-2 to the Wanderers.
It was a tight lead and there was a few fumbles in the Wycombe area which would have had coach Andy McIntosh wiping his brow on the sideline but as the final whistle blew it was all smiles for the Blues.
The Ladies will now wait to see who they will face in the semi-final on February 17th 2019. But for now, they'll put all focus on next week's league game against Abingdon which will prove to be a vital game in their fight for promotion.