The pretty town of New Milton, on the south east coast, just south of the New Forest, was the venue for the Development squad’s latest adventure, recording a 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
The BBXCOM Stadium pitch was slow and heavy following the recent rain, and the floodlights were turned on bright, to tackle the November gloom.
The first half saw Wycombe take the game to New Milton, but with New Milton looking dangerous on occasions on the break. The midfield area was very competitive with both sides working hard for possession, and at the same time preventing the other side from mounting attacks. The exchanges and balance of play was very even. Wycombe did look a threat on both flanks, with Chloe Ball and Amelie Baker getting down the sides and putting crosses in.
Wycombe went in 1-0 up at half-time, a bit disappointed with some of their passing at times but as ever the effort and competitiveness was there in abundance, and the pitch was proving difficult for both teams at times. The Chairgirls knew the next goal was key to the game.
The second half was again pretty even, with New Milton passing the ball well at times but mainly in their own half. Twenty minutes into the second half Wycombe’s energy levels appeared to drop off for a few minutes, as did their concentration and one of New Milton’s attacks profited from this, with their striker having a golden opportunity to equalise 12 yards out from a central position. Fortunately, Jodie Whittle, Wycombe’s keeper saved the striker’s attempt, expertly with her feet, and Rhiannon Orchard cleared the danger.
This sparked a positive response from the Wycombe team, with their energy and concentration levels restored to the extent that the Chairgirls began to dominate territory, and play the game in New Milton’s half. Sarah Timmins in central midfield kept the Chairgirls ‘ticking over’, winning the ball back well, and playing simple passes, and Yasmin Knock provided the necessary leadership at the back.
Wycombe began to keep the ball better, and Halle Poland was a threat from central midfield. With fifteen minutes to go Wycombe again recycled the ball from a corner, not effectively cleared by the hosts and Frankie Day latched onto the loose ball on the right side of the box smashing, an unstoppable shot high into the roof of the net.
With five minutes to go, Ball wrapped things up, running onto a through ball from Baker, to shoot hard and low past the on-coming keeper. Wycombe had created more chances to run out deserved 3-0 winners, and kept a clean sheet, but as in all their previous league games this had been a real battle, against a young well coached New Milton team.
Team: Whittle; Wheller, Knock, Coward, Lennard; Baker, Poland, Timmins, Thorne; Ball, Chowdhry,
Subs: Day, Shah, Orchard.