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Chairgirls ease into FA Cup first qualifying round

Ladies win 14-0 at Wantage Town.

2 September 2019

Wycombe Wanderers Ladies recorded a 14-0 thrashing of Wantage Town in the Women's FA Cup preliminary round, writes Dave Ward.

A warm sunny afternoon in Wantage set the stage for a preliminary round of the Women’s FA Cup between Wantage Town and Wycombe Wanderers. Wantage play two divisions below Wycombe and that difference quickly translated into the game.

It took two minutes for Wycombe to open the scoring through Christina O’Connor, who finished smartly from an Alix Todd cross. Wantage, to their credit, put up some resistance and managed to create a couple of half chances which were comfortably mopped up by the experienced pair of Natalie Barette and Katie Hudson.

Each of the Wycombe backline contributed to attacking moves throughout the game with the first major involvement coming via Hudson, who broke with the ball into midfield before releasing the pacy Tara Woodward who opened her season’s account with an excellent strike from just outside the 18 yard box on 20 minutes. Woodward increased her tally with her second and the Chairgirls' third with a sharply-taken effort.

A minute later, the Wycombe skipper Charlotte Bagshaw struck home a low drive following in on a rebound off the keeper from the lively Samantha Jackson’s shot on target.

There were good link-ups on the left side of the Wycombe line-up with Emma Dean and Todd combining often to create a threat to the Wantage goal. On 38 minutes, one such build-up resulted in the energetic Chante Inniss turning and playing to her strike partner Woodward to complete her hat-trick and the visitors' fifth goal from close range.

The sixth goal arrived a minute later when a Wycombe attack was abruptly stopped by a defender's hand. Inniss stepped up to the spot and finished in style. Another defender decided to get in on the scoring act when Barette broke into midfield and spread the ball wide. The return pass bounced invitingly for Barette to volley into the top corner to extend the lead to seven on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors started the second half strongly with sharper, more accurate passing which created gaps in the tiring Wantage ranks. On the 57th minute Bagshaw struck sweetly through a crowd of players following up on a loose ball for 8-0.

Jackson, who had worked hard in midfield, got her reward with the ninth goal from a shot outside the box. The first substitution came a couple of minutes later with Sarah Harrison replacing Jackson. The scoreline reached double figures courtesy of a fine finish inside the penalty area by Todd who had been working tirelessly on the left-side of midfield. This prompted another change with Jade O’Neill replacing Dean who had been very effective with her forward runs and passing in support of Todd. Only a minute had elapsed since the change when Inniss worked a 1-2 with Woodward to find herself clear on goal and she did not waste the opportunity to finish well.

Emma Newberry had been working well with O’Connor throughout the game and their understanding reached new heights when an excellent passing exchange led to Woodward being put clear to claim her fourth of the afternoon on 73 minutes. Newberry and O’Connor combined well again and the player to profit on this occasion was substitute Harrison who struck home from 18 yards.

Wycombe wrapped up the scoring in the minute when Harrison threaded a clever pass into Woodward for her fifth and the 14th goal of this one-sided affair. Abbie Whitmee in the Wycombe goal had very little to do throughout and did not have to make a save.

All in all, a good afternoon’s work and progress to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup. Wycombe will face many sterner tests than this starting next week against last season’s division 1 champions Moneyfields at Flackwell Heath College.

Photos by PRiME Media Images.

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