Wycombe Wanderers Ladies kicked off 2019 with a 9-0 demolition of Wokingham & Emmbrook at Spring Lane on Sunday afternoon, keeping them level on points with league leaders Moneyfields.
The Chairgirls were three goals up at the break at ran riot after half-time, with Christina O'Connor and Tara Woodward both bagging hat-tricks while Natalie Barette, Chloe Ball and Chante Inniss were also on target.
Moneyfields and third-placed Abingdon also collected three points each to keep the title race wide open, with both sides having games in hand over the Chairgirls.
Next up is a League Cup quarter-final tie against Premier Division side New Milton Town on Sunday 13th January, again at the Amersham & Wycombe College venue on Spring Lane in Flackwell Heath. Admission and parking is free.
Reports below from the victories for the Ladies and Under 18s side below.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS LADIES 9-0 WOKINGHAM & EMMBROOK
The Chairgirls resumed their league programme with an emphatic performance, dominating the game in terms of possession and territory from the start.
An early goal from the Blues saw Natalie Barette head the ball in the back of the net from a corner from Christina O’Connor. The attacking play did not produce another goal until 20 minutes, O’Connor repossessing the ball in the attacking third, and feeding Tara Woodward who finished with a low finish. O’Connor, who would complete a hat trick of shots from outside the box, added the third.
The second half started well but the pace dropped, O’Connor and Woodward extended the lead before 60 minutes. The defence stayed alert and started some good attacking moves.
An injury to the impressive Bonnie Messitt involved a switch in shape and the introduction of Chloe Ball and Rachel Southby which exerted more pressure on the visitors’ goal. The Blues bagged four goals in 16 minutes from Chante Inniss, Ball, O’Connor and Woodward completing her hat trick.
The result is impressive but the Ladies will have to be more clinical in the final third in the challenging games that now lay ahead. This Sunday the Ladies take on New Milton in the Quarter Final of the League Cup (Spring Lane, Flackwell Heath – 2pm kick off). New Milton will be a challenging game considering they are from the division above, but one that the Ladies will welcome.
Team: Batkin, Jacobs, Hudson, Dean, Messitt, Newberry, Barette, O’Connor, Todd, Inniss, Woodward.
Subs: Hall, Ball, Southby, O’Neill.
CHESHAM UNITED U18s 0-3 WYCOMBE WANDERERS LADIES U18s
Wycombe U18s progressed into the semi- final of the County Cup with an impressive 3-0 win at Chesham Utd Ladies. Chesham had only lost once this season previously before the meeting and had also scored in every game that they had played.
Wanderers went into the game adopting a pragmatic approach reflecting their respect for the opposition and the firepower which Chesham possess. Chesham had more of the play in the early stages as the young Wycombe midfield adapted to the nature of the game. The visiting defence was steadfast, and repelled any Chesham advances, denying space in the final third and limiting the hosts to scraps on the edge of the area.
The Chairgirls took the lead just before half time when Poland regained possession of the ball, passing square to Baker, who burst past the advancing fullback and unleashed a fierce right foot drive from the edge of the box which the keeper could only parry away. Ball was the quickest to react and stabbed in the loose ball to put Wycombe ahead.
The second half was similar to the first with Wanderers’ defence soaking up Chesham’s attacks and looking dangerous when in possession and going forward. The second goal came from a neat pass from Baker to Ball who finished smartly from close range as the keeper came out. Ball scored her and Wycombe’s third from a pass from Woods, curling a left shot from the edge of the area over the keeper and just under the bar.
Wycombe finished 3-0 winners in a very good, fiercely competitive cup tie, with both teams playing some good football. They were disciplined, determined and created enough chances to win on the day. The bedrock of the performance was the outstanding display of the three centre backs, Orchard, Wheller and Knock. The team look forward to the semi- final in February.
Team. Chowdhry, Johnston, Wheller, Knock, Orchard, Shah, Baker, Poland, Day, Woods, Ball