Wycombe Wanderers Ladies kept hold of top spot in the First Southern Division with a 10-0 demolition of Shanklin at Spring Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Christina O'Connor, Natalie Barette, Emma Newberry, Rachel Southby, an own goal, Chante Inniss (two) and a customary Tara Woodward hat-trick secured the three points against the Isle of Wight-based outfit, ahead of the reverse fixture this coming weekend.
See below for the report of this match, plus a 1-1 draw for the under-18s:
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies 10-0 Shanklin
Top of the league Wycombe Wanderers Ladies continued their impressive run of form with another huge victory, this time a 10-0 home win against the Isle of Wight’s Shanklin FC.
Goals from Christina O’Connor, Chante Inniss, Tara Woodward, Natalie Barette, Emma Newberry and a first for the club for Rachel Southby underlined just how dominant Wycombe were throughout, taking their goals tally in the last six games to 47 scored and only two conceded in all competitions.
The game started in the same fashion as many of the games in recent weeks, with Wycombe dominating possession and taking an early lead as a freekick from 30 yards out was struck well by O’Connor and sailed over everyone before nestling in to empty net. Minutes later it was 2-0 as top-scorer Woodward broke through the islanders’ defence, forcing a good save from Shanklin’s stopper that diminutive forward Inniss bundled over the line.
There was no let up for the visitors in the driving hail as Wycombe continued to press and it wasn’t long before a third and fourth goal was added, both coming from the boot of top scorer Woodward. Good work by Newberry on the right hand side led to a cross landing to Woodward who grabbed her first of the match before she found herself through on goal and slotted home with aplomb.
A thumping header from experienced central midfielder Barette from a perfectly weighted corner from O’Connor, an own goal after more good work from Newberry and another Inniss goal made it 7-0 as the half time whistle went.
The second half started as the first finished, Shanklin camped in their own half and Wanderers dominating the ball, trying to find an opening and it wasn’t long before it came as a loose ball was pounced upon by Southby to score her first goal for the club and rouse probably the biggest celebrations of the whole game on both the pitch and the bench.
It was substitute Bonnie Messitt who found a gap in the Shanklin defence next to feed Woodward who completed her hat-trick before Newberry fired home a superb 10th to score her second in two games.
The win extends their lead at the top of the SRWFL Division One to six points as they head in to a vital February which sees them playing away at Shanklin and Eastleigh in the league and compete in two semi-finals, the first against MK Dons in the Berks and Bucks Women’s Senior Cup and the other against Southampton in the League Cup.
Team: Whitmee, Bagshaw (C), O’Neill, Hudson, Dean, Barette, Todd, O’Connor, Newberry, Inniss, Woodward
Subs: Messitt, Ball, Southby
Sunday 3rd February - SRWFL D1 - Shanklin (a), 1pm
Sunday 10th February - SRWFL D1 - Eastleigh (a), 2pm
Sunday 17th February – BBS Cup Semi-Final – MK Dons (h), 2pm.
Sunday 24th February – League Cup Semi-Final – Southampton (Bisham Abbey), 2pm
Maidenhead Ladies Blue Socks U18s 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers Ladies U18s X1
Last Saturday saw the two under 18s Ladies teams in the Thames Valley League with 100 per cent season win records go head to head in Maidenhead.
The Chairgirls went into the game as slight underdogs, given Maidenhead have been an established team for some years, as well as having a far superior goal difference to Wycombe this season through an impressive goals scored record.
Wycombe therefore knew this would be a major challenge, and that the cornerstone of their team, their defensive organisation and resilience would be truly put to the test.
The game started intensely, with both sides competing for every ball. The first half saw Maidenhead edge things from a territorial perspective, but Wycombe looked a threat when venturing forward. It was Wycombe who took the lead 20 minutes into the game with Ball latching onto a through ball by Poland and finishing calmly into the roof of the net, following her first effort being saved by the keeper’s legs.
Wycombe went into half time 1-0 up, with their keeper Whittle pretty well protected by the midfield and back four, and having looked an attacking threat at times.
The second half was similar to the first but with Maidenhead pressing for the equaliser and throwing more players forwards. The Chairgirls looked organised and strong, with captain Knock commanding at the heart of defence, but struggled to retain possession of the ball sufficiently enough to create goal scoring opportunities themselves.
The pressure built with Maidenhead hitting the bar and winning a few corners through their pressure. It appeared that the Chairgirls had perhaps weathered the storm, and had begun themselves to look like they might hit Maidenhead on the break. Unfortunately they couldn’t find that killer pass and Maidenhead equalised in the 89th minute, through a good pass inside the fullback and a smart finish by Maidenhead’s winger.
The Chairgirls left the pitch with a well- deserved draw, having shown great spirit, and determination, with a sprinkle of some good football. It was a game that both clubs supporters enjoyed, and was also a game which represented the best of regional youth ladies football, and its development.
Team: Whittle, Wheller, Shah, Orchard, Knock, Day, Poland, Baker, Johnston; Ball, Woods.
Subs: Coward, Winfield, Chowdhry