Wycombe Wanderers Ladies returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Southampton Women's Development side on Sunday afternoon.
Tara Woodward scored all three goals before the interval to set the Chairgirls on their way to all three points, while they also secured a fifth clean sheet in their last seven matches, helping to put last weekend's 5-0 defeat to leaders Moneyfields behind them.
Coach Andy McIntosh reports:
The Blues were able to assert their usual game, welcoming back captain Charlotte Bagshaw, top scorer Tara Woodward and Abbie Whitmee.
All three played a pivotal part in a strong first half performance, establishing the majority of possession, creating a number of good scoring opportunities.
The visitors' goalkeeper made some good saves and interceptions from promising chances.
The returning Woodward opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a cool, clinical finish after receiving a clever pass from O'Connor. The visitors went close to an equaliser stopped by a smart save by keeper Whitmee.
Wycombe maintained the pressure and extended the lead with a second, smart finish by Woodward after some slick one touch passing in the penalty box.
Woodward completed her hat-trick three minutes later when a speculative shot squeezed home.
The second half followed a similar pattern, Wycombe's defence dealing with some sporadic counter attacks but were not as clinical.
A strong performance against a bright Southampton side."
Wycombe now sit third in the table - level on points with Abingdon - and three points off top spot.
Team: Whitmee, O'Neill, Bagshaw, Jacobs, Barette, Newberry, O'Connor, Messitt, Todd, Inniss, Woodward.
Subs: Lennard, Southby, Dean, Hall.
Next up is a Berks & Bucks Cup tie at Newbury, who are currently struggling in the Premier Division (one level higher) with just one victory from six games. Andy McIntosh's side earned their place in the next round with an excellent 1-0 win at Woodley.
The game will be played on Sunday 18th November (k.o. 2pm) at Donnington Recreation Ground, Castle Lane, Donnington, Newbury, Berks, RG14 2LD.
Meanwhile one of the Ladies' under-18 sides went down 2-1 to Wycombe Saints at the weekend.
It was a cruel afternoon for WW U18 as two second half goals were enough to give Saints the spoils, in a game that Wanderers dominated.
There were two contrasting styles of play on show, which made for a fairly even opening exchange with Wanderers having much of the possession and pressing Saints back in to their own half, with the hosts trying to catch the visitors on the break.
The breakthrough came for Wanderers when a nice move up the left hand side was finished neatly by Hollie Carter, for her second of the season.
The second half started as the first ended, with all the possession and chances falling to the visitors. Lots of shots and well worked moves in to the box but the killer goal proved elusive.
A one goal lead is always dangerous and sure enough the hosts hot back with less that 15 minutes to play as they were awarded a penalty after a ball played over the top was seized upon by their forward who was brought down inches in to the box. The ball was slotted away well before a well hit long range shot sealed the 2-1 win for the hosts.