There was one win and one defeat at the weekend for the Wycombe Wanderers Ladies' under-18 sides, who came along to Adams Park to be paraded onto the pitch ahead of the men's game against Burton Albion on Saturday.
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies U18s XI 2-0 Caversham Swans
Caversham Swans arrived to play Wycombe Wanderers in a confident mood following their previous Saturday's impressive 9-0 victory. Wycombe knew they were in for a stiff test, particularly defensively against a powerful Caversham attack.
Two goals came in the first half. Firstly a threaded straight pass by Baker releasing Ball to run in behind the defence. Secondly, Johnston found Ball who again finished expertly. The 2-0 half-time lead was deserved given the attacking intent Wycombe had shown through the half.
Whilst no further goals came in the second half Wycombe totally dominated it, with their defence tightening up effectively and denying any space to Caversham’s forwards. The defence was also well shielded by disciplined and energetic midfield play.
Wycombe’s forward players continued to cause Caversham problems in the second half creating a number of chances. Caversham’s keeper made a few excellent saves and with a bit more composure and/or luck Wycombe might have added to their score.
This was a tough challenge against a very competitive and organised team which the Wycombe girls responded to well, with a 2-0 final score.
Team: Whittle, Wheller, Knock (C), Poland, Shah, Baker, Attfield, Day, Woods, Ball, Winfield (Johnston)
Laurel Park U18s 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers Ladies U18s
A tough, attentional game for the team played on a poor pitch resulted in a fairly even first half with the home side striking the bar, but overall creation of chances were very limited.
A slight change in formation resulted in Wycombe having the better possession and territory for the majority of the second half. The home side stole the three points two minutes from time when a straightforward free kick was not cleared, and the loose ball was stabbed into the net.
An unmerited defeat based on the performance.
Team: Eames, Pearson, Williams, Boddy, O’Shea, Harrington, Steel (C), Wyncoll, Woodward, Priest and Carter