Wycombe Wanderers Ladies returned to action three weeks after their last game at the very smart Racecourse ground, home to Ascot United, and left with a 5-2 victory.
It was important that the Chairgirls started well following their enforced lay-off and they did not disappoint. From the start there was an intent to their play with some good spells of possession resulting in Ascot being pegged back into their half.
Sam Jackson came closest to breaking the deadlock when she struck a powerful free-kick just wide of the target. Skipper Charlotte Bagshaw came close with a neat first touch and a rasping volley that went over the bar by a few inches. Leading scorer Tara Woodward worked to turn a seemingly lost situation into a goalscoring chance when winning the ball and setting up a relatively straightforward finish for Jackson to take the lead.
Chante Inniss broke down the right and from an acute angle fired against the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Jackson tried her luck from range from another free kick this time flying over the target.
The Chairgirls rhythm was affected with fewer passes finding their intended targets but the ever alert Woodward saw Fettes dally on the ball and promptly dispossessed the defender and punished the error with a powerful strike beyond Phillips to double the Chairgirls advantage going into the halftime break.
The second half saw Wycombe re-establish their grip on the game as they produced lots of tidy combination plays from defence through midfield to strikers. One such play on 52 minutes involving Jackson and Woodward resulted in a shot that was diverted spectacularly into her own goal by the hard working Vince trying to cover her centre backs confusion.
It took a further six minutes for Woodward to capitalise on another excellent build up from back to front for 4-0. The same player completed her hat-trick 10 minutes later with another excellent strike following a Jackson through ball.
However, Ascot dug deep and forced a corner from their right which Cox pushed away from goal only to see the alert Young be the first to react and prod home. Ascot gained another consolation with three minutes remaining when Young outfought the usually reliable Katie Hudson and then struck a ferocious drive past Cox.
A welcome three points for the Chairgirls on the road against a hard working Ascot Utd team. This consolidated the Chairgirls hold onto 5th place in the division with eight games to play.
Next week sees the Chairgirls on the road again for a Chairman’s Cup semi-final against either Southampton Women’s Reserves or New Milton Town who are yet to play their quarter final.