A tough weekend for the men’s and women’s teams was compounded with defeats for Wycombe Wanderers Ladies across all three levels on Sunday afternoon.
The first team went down 4-1 at Moneyfields, a week after losing 2-0 to the same side as they adjust to life in the Premier Division following promotion last season. Wanderers had an early goal disallowed for offside on the south coast after Sheree Bell-Jack had opened the scoring at the other end, and Sophie Kingsley-Cabell doubled the lead.
Tara Woodward pulled one back for the Chairgirls, but Carla Perkins and Bell-Jack’s second put the game out of reach, and boss Dave Ward commented: “I can’t fault the effort and application of those who played for Wycombe Ladies today. A couple of debatable decisions didn’t go our way. The scoreline fails to give an accurate picture of the game. We regroup/train/prepare for next week’s game in the FA Cup.”
And the under-18s suffered a tough-to-take defeat to City Belles, enduring a 4-2 loss as three quick second-half goals put paid to the dominance they enjoyed during the first 45 minutes.
Milly Crombie opened the scoring with a cool finish midway through the first half before a cross looped over Amy Whale in the Wycombe goal, leaving her stranded for the Belles' equaliser.
A change in system is what did for the Blues in the opening 15 minutes of the second half as their neat passing game couldn't get started and Belles scored three quick goals, before great combination work from Louise Tillier and Bridget Harrington led to Kate Davis scoring superbly to give the hosts a very nervy finish.