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Ladies' development side reach cup semi-final

Ball and Southby on target.

19 January 2020

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Rachel Southby

Two goals in the first half and one in the second were enough to send the young Chairgirls team through to the semi-final of the County Junior Cup, against their opponents Milton United Ladies. The visitors rallied with five minutes to go, as Wycombe tired, and got a goal back but it was too late.

On a heavy pitch, the development team worked tirelessly to impose themselves on the opposition; an opposition which were strong and athletic and posed a major threat from an attacking perspective.

Wycombe gained control of the first half after an even and well contested first 15 minutes, and began to mount a series of attacks, asking questions of the visitors' back line.

The all-important first goal came mid-way through the first half, and was an excellent team goal with Chloe Ball finishing neatly at the near post, following a low cross from Rachel Southby.

A second was added by Southby before half-time, and 2-0 reflected the balance of the first half, when the whistle blew for the end of the first period. Jodie Whittle had made one excellent save, tipping the ball over the bar to keep the lead in place.

In the second half Wycombe spurned a number of gilt-edged chances, repeatedly breaking the high defensive line Milton deployed, as they searched for a way back into the game. A third eventually came through Ball, and was well deserved, given the amount of good chances that had been created.

The young Chairgirls had managed the game well. Milton snatched a deserved goal at the end for their efforts, leading to a nervy last five minutes.

At the end, this was a well-earned victory against visitors who are themselves enjoying a very successful season in the Thames Valley Women’s League.

Team: Whittle; Hughes, Knock, Coward, Shah, Baker, Poland, Johnston, Ball, Day, Southby

Subs: Winfield, Chowdhry, Orchard

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