Having lost narrowly to Tilehurst Panthers at the start of the year the Development team were keen to rectify matters in the home fixture. The challenge for the young Chairgirls team was to overcome a robust, physical and committed Tilehurst team as well as the blustery conditions, which they did in style, claiming a 4-1 victory.
It was a challenge the development team met, with a combative performance which matched their opponents’ physicality and aggression. At the same time Wycombe played some effective attacking football, creating numerous chances, and converting four of them.
Wycombe’s ‘build up play’ well in wide areas proved particularly productive in the windy conditions with some tidy interplay involving their fullbacks, Emily Wheller and Danica Shah, combining well with their midfield, and feeding the attacking wide players Chloe Ball and Isabel Hughes. Wycombe were 2-0 in front at half-time, with Ball scoring both, with tidy finishes following good team play.
Nevertheless, Wycombe continued to dominate the play, consistently ‘breaking the high defensive line’ which Tilehurst deployed, creating numerous opportunities. Wycombe scored a further two from these, with Chloe Ball netting a third from close range for her hat-trick and Emily Wheller scoring the goal of the game with a bursting powerful run from the half way line, and letting fly with a 20-yard screamer which roared into the top corner of the Tilehurst net, with the keeper stationery.
Apart from a couple of nervy defensive moments in the first half it was a generally quiet afternoon in goal for Jodie Whittle, Wycombe’s keeper, with the Chairgirls centre backs Yasmin Knock and Danielle Coward keeping the Tilehurst strikers quiet. They were ably assisted by Eve Savage who made an impressive debut from the bench, being deployed in a centre midfield role and showed great maturity in the context of the game in this role.
The game ended 4-1 to Wycombe, and was a further effective development step made by the young Chairgirls squad.
Team: Whittle; Wheller, Knock, Coward, Shah, Baker, Thorne, Poland, Hughes, Ball, Johnston.
Subs: Chowdhry, Winfield, Savage