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Chante earns Chairgirls point

Ladies draw 1-1 with Abingdon.

9 December 2019

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Chante Inniss and Tara Woodward

The Chairgirls returned to league action on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Abingdon United, who had already provided the opposition in two cup games last month, with both games having been very closely contested. This game was no different with nothing to separate the teams at the end of the 90 minutes.

The game started with the Chairgirls having to absorb an early period of pressure where they had to defend well to hold off an energetic Abingdon side. The Chairgirls began to exert some influence on the game with Lindsay Pinker at the heart of most things good for the hosts. Her probing passes created some rare opportunities for the Wycombe strike force. Abingdon defended resolutely and hit on the counter effectively although there was no direct threat to the Wycombe goal.

The second half saw Wycombe create their best attacking move to date with Sam Jackson coming close after a fast paced and accurate phase of passing. The game was largely being contested in the middle third where Abingdon were stringing their passes together with more fluency than their hosts but again without causing too many problems for Amy Batkin in the Wycombe goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 68th minute when Chante Inniss struck from just inside the penalty area. This spurred even more urgency from Abingdon whose better ball retention was paying dividends with the hosts being pressed back. Abingdon missed a couple of really good chances before they forced an equaliser on 76 minutes. Abingdon continued to mount pressure on the Chairgirls who defended resolutely, determined to not concede and try to hit on the break. Wycombe were a little fortunate when another good Abingdon chance went begging and the game ended with honours even.

The Chairgirls demonstrated that, despite not playing at anywhere near their best and against a very good Abingdon United team, they remain a tough side to beat. Their determination was typified with blocks and well timed challenges in key defensive areas and a willingness to work hard for each other when they were under pressure. 

As 2019 draws to a close, the Chairgirls will be preparing for the short trip to Woodley United next Sunday for another league contest. Given the short trip it would be great to see our regular support at the game and getting behind their team.

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