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Wycombe Wanderers Ladies 6–0 Basingstoke Ladies
Southern Region Women’s Football League
16th September 2018
Author: Sam Hayward (Assistant Manager)
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies made it two wins from two as their Southern Region Division One season continued in stirring style with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over visitors Basingstoke Town Ladies, which included a stunning hat-trick from last season’s Players’ Player of the Year, Christina O’Connor.
Basingstoke started the game with some nice controlled passing and it took a while for Wycombe’s midfield to really get hold of the ball. Katie Hudson in the home team’s defence was getting some joy bringing the ball in to the middle third however the game was largely scrappy until the referee called a drinks break on 25 minutes.
From the restart Wycombe got hold of the game by the scruff of the neck and broke the deadlock through captain Charlotte Bagshaw. A fantastic free kick from centre back Katie Hudson, impressive throughout, was tucked away but Bagshaw for her second goal in two games.
This only served to strengthen the home team’s grip on the game and a second goal arrived 10 minutes later with great work from the diminutive Chante Inniss down the right hand side led to a pull back that O’Connor simply couldn’t miss.
Half time saw a switch to three at the back and a more advanced role for Emma Newberry, and a midfield three of Barette, Bagshaw and O’Connor. This caused a lot of trouble for the away team’s left hand side and the early pressure paid as the ball landed to O’Connor for her to grab her second of the game with a rasping drive in to the top corner that would’ve taken the hands off the keeper if she’d been able to get to it. A great finish.
Wycombe’s tails were up and more goals were coming but not before seeing numerous chances wasted it what became a fairly frustrating period. Lots of possession but either the final ball was just off or the finishing not quite there, that was until the 84th minute as Tara Woodward was put clean through before calmly slotting past the keeper.
Woodward doubled her tally from a brilliant, instinctive cross from Newberry which found Woodward in the middle off the box. O'Connor rounded off a superb afternoon for her and her team as she latched on to a through ball and buried a chance in the 87th minute.
WWLFC travel to Eastleigh on Sunday 23rd September in their next Southern Region Division One game.
Wycombe Wanderers: Batkin, Dean (O’Neill), Hudson, Jacobs, Newberry, Todd, Bagshaw (c), Messitt (Barette), O’Connor, Inniss (Hall), Woodward.
WW U18s XI 6-0 Crowmarsh U18s
Report: Manager Andy Baker
In the opening minutes Crowmarsh showed they would be a more competitive, and physical challenge than last week’s opponents. Yas Knock showed good aggression and a willingness to attack loose balls and break up play. In the early stages we needed a little more of this in forward positions. Halle Poland provided some much needed power in the team throughout.
Another game with a range of goal scorers, 3 in each half (Ball, Winfield, Poland, Day, Baker and Davis). A particular mention to Frankie Day for an impressive goal from outside of the box after winning the ball and Amelie Baker for her goal from an excellent passing move down the right side of the pitch.
Next Saturday they welcome Wantage Town at home (ASM Stadium, Thame, OX9 3RN) kick off 11.30am.
Berks County U17 8 - 0 WW U18s
Report: Sam Hayward
A very challenging game for the fledgling Wycombe team offered a chance to learn from the experience and bounce back stronger.
Under pressure from the start, Wycombe weathered some early chances for the home side before falling behind to a deflected effort that looped over goalkeeper Lillie Eames who despite the scoreline had another very good game in the Wycombe goal.
A flurry of goals towards the end of the first half amounting to a 4-0 scoreline left Wycombe with a mountain to climb in the second half, however a spirited performance by a number of players, Lily Chowdhry upfront, new signing Holly Wyncoll impressing and Amy Johnson moving well with the ball, left the team feeling more positive that the scoreline may suggest.
Lots of good things to take away and areas to work on. Roll on the next game...!