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Chairgirls earn comeback win

Ladies clinch 3-1 victory over Winchester.

9 March 2020

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Sam Jackson

The Chairgirls returned to Flackwell Heath for their first home game since 19th January against Winchester Flyers, coming from behind to earn a 3-1 win.

The Chairgirls started the game brightly showing some good quality in possession and posing an early threat on the visitors' goal. Sam Jackson came close to opening the scoring when put through 1v1 with the Winchester keeper, who spread herself effectively to save well. Jackson also struck the post with a long range free kick only to see the rebound cleared to safety. Tara Woodward also drew the best from the visitors' keeper when striking powerfully from the edge of the box only to see a great save at full stretch divert the ball out for a corner.

On 15 minutes, Lindsay Pinker was penalised for a handball offence in the home penalty area. The Winchester penalty taker struck the post and pounced on the rebound to hit the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed for touching the ball twice.

It took a few minutes for the Chairgirls to recover themselves and they created several more good chances all of which went begging. Winchester moved the ball well but often the final ball lacked the quality of the initial build up play. However, it was Winchester who took the lead in the 38th minute after a jinking run saw a Winchester midfielder beat three players and found the back of the net despite the efforts of Cox who was left horribly exposed.

The second half began with the Chairgirls again dominating most of the possession but the final ball was lacking. On 55 minutes, Chante Inniss chased down a defender and her persistence paid off as she emerged with the ball and fired a shot across the face of the goal causing a mix-up between defender and keeper resulting in the ball finding the goal to draw the Chairgirls level.

More chances came and went for Wycombe and Cox in the home goal had a relatively quiet second half. The deadlock was finally broken on 72 minutes when Jackson finished off a move involving Leach, Lynch and Bagshaw.

The Chairgirls guaranteed all three points when an excellent pass from centre-back Katie Hudson found the hard working Woodward. She drove towards the visitors penalty area with Jackson making ground through the middle. The pass from Woodward found Jackson who fired home from 10 yards to kill off the game.

Winchester showed some real quality at times in the game and it was clear why they had made life difficult for high flying Abingdon United in their last game and they certainly made the Chairgirls work hard to earn the three points.

Next week sees the Chairgirls make the trip to Southampton Women’s Reserves in the semi-final of the Chairman’s Cup competition where they will be looking to cement a place in the final.


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