Wycombe Wanderers Ladies went down to a narrow 2-1 loss at Abingdon on Sunday.
After a goalless first half, the hosts opened up a two-goal lead courtesy of Amy Chivers' quickfire brace, and although Tara Woodward pulled one back for Andy McIntosh's side, they were unable to prevent defeat.
Wycombe remain third in the league, three points behind Abingdon and leaders Moneyfields, who have a game in hand.
A report from the Abingdon game - plus updates from the two Under 18 sides - can be seen below:
Abingdon 2 – 1 Wycombe Wanderers Ladies
The senior team slipped to a narrow 2-1 loss at Abingdon United last Sunday resulting in moving into 3rd place behind Abingdon and Moneyfields. Previous to the game the ladies were even on points with Abingdon but below on goal difference so they had their work cut out from the start.
The first half consisted of both teams pressing each other well which in turn consistently cancelled each other out. Two promising chances were shot wide by the Ladies which resulted in the match finishing at 0-0 on the half time whistle. The game continued to be tight with both Abingdon and Wycombe Wanderers Ladies putting pressure on each other’s defence.
The ladies held off Abingdon until the 75th minute when an unstoppable 20 yard shot put the ladies behind. A full on 5 minutes followed with Abingdon being awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. The ball was curled round the defence and went in, extending the home lead. Wycombe Wanderers Ladies reacted within 2 minutes of going 2-0 down with the fresh legs of Southby who played a through ball to Woodward. Woodward’s shot was fortunately deflected off an Abingdon players head and went into the back of the net. The ladies pressed hard for a late equaliser but it wasn’t to be. Some important lessons learnt from the game which will be acted upon when both Moneyfields and Abingdon visit the ladies at home in the new year.
Team: Batkin, Jacobs, Hudson, Bagshaw (C), Barette, Newberry, O'Connor, Messitt, Todd, Inniss, Woodward.
Subs: Southby, Dean and Whitmee
Wycombe Wanderers U18s
Wycombe Wanderers U18s (Thames Valley Central Division) hosted Berkshire County at home last Saturday. The team welcomed back Christina Limbu who has returned from injury and Finlay Lennard who plays for both the senior team and U18s. Both players strengthened the squad resulting in a much more competitive game than earlier in the season. Overall, it was a good performance however, the under 18s went down to a 3-0 defeat.
Wycombe Wanderers U18s XI of the Thames Valley Southern Division played Risborough in a useful friendly and won 4-0. Lily Chowdhry bagged herself a hat trick, along with Chloe Ball getting on the scoresheet. Next up, WW XI host City Belles at home whilst WW U18s (Central) travel to play EB Lions AFC in the TVCWFL League Cup.
Eames, Williams, Boddy, Pearson, Wyncoll, Haarburger, Lennard, Harrington, Steel (C), Woodward and Crombie.
Subs: Carter, Limbu, O’Shea, Priest and Johnson
Whittle, Shah, Knock (C), Davis, Poland, Orchard, Day, Woods, Chowdhry, Johnston and Ball.
Subs: Wheller and Winfield