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Development squad earn 1-1 draw

Chloe Ball on target.

2 February 2020

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Amelie Baker

Wycombe Wanderers Ladies' development team welcomed Southampton Reserves on Sunday recognising that the fixture would be a significant test, provided by the National League Reserve team, who had shown some excellent form in 2020, and earned an excellent point after a 1-1 draw.

Whilst the pitch was as heavy as the previous week this did not deter both sides setting out to play progressive passing football.

In fact, this was an excellent game with both sides enjoying spells of dominance, aided at times by the conditions, notably a strong breeze down the pitch.

Wycombe's goal was an excellent one, with the ball being passed out of defence into Lily Chowdhry, the Chairgirls target player, who laid the ball off for Amelie Baker to play a first time pass in behind the Southampton backline into the path of Isabel Hughes' forward run.  Hughes got to the by-line and 'stood the ball up' over the keeper and Chloe Ball stooped and headed into the unguarded net from close range.

Southampton equalised with 10 minutes to go in the game, following a spell of concerted pressure. Jodie Whittle had earlier made one excellent close range save for the Chairgirls and as with previous weeks, her general handling was good throughout the match.

The game ended 1-1 and was probably a fair result, with both sides creating a few chances and having spells of possession. The match again provided a great challenge for the development team, against a well-coached Southampton outfit, and one in which they rose to, and showed many positive aspects of their play.

Team: Whittle; Wheller, Knock, Poland, Shah, Baker, Thorne, Hughes, Winfield; Ball, Chowdhry.

Subs: Johnston, Day


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