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Chairgirls reach cup final

Southampton's Women's Reserves defeated in Chairman's Cup semi-final.

16 March 2020

Wycombe Wanderers Ladies booked their place in the SRWFL Chairman’s Cup Final after a dominant performance against Division 1 side Southampton Women’s Reserves.

The Chairgirls travelled without the experienced Natalie Barette (Rocky) due to work commitments and also striker Chante Inniss for personal reasons. This meant a reshuffling of the squad for the game.

This did not stop the Chairgirls showing their intent from the first whistle and they took only two minutes to take the lead. Rachel Southby dispossessed a Southampton defender and her pass found skipper Charlotte Bagshaw who played a clever through ball to Tara Woodward, who finished in style for her 20th goal of the campaign.

The Chairgirls continued to press with Lynch going close and Sam Jackson trying her luck from range. The Southampton youngsters were determined not to let their visitors have it all their own way with some tidy build up play of their own. Their determination was rewarded on 12 minutes when an astute pass behind Emma Dean saw the Southampton number 10 get her shot off forcing Cox down to her right. Cox could only parry and the first to react was Faye Roberts who levelled the score.

Whilst the Chairgirls dominated possession for the most part, too often the final ball was lacking allowing Southampton to retain a foothold in the game. However, Rachel Southby had other ideas when she latched onto a pass and beat her fullback. Southby then showed a lot of composure as the ball reached Jackson who fired home with purpose to put the Chairgirls back into the lead on 27 minutes.

The second half saw the introduction of midfielder Christina O’Connor (Boro) who has had limited game time following a long time out with injury. Her energy added to that of the excellent Bagshaw and the guile of Lindsay Pinker enabling the Chairgirls to take a firmer grip on the game. Boro was rewarded when she collected a pass from Jackson and struck superbly from 20 yards into the top corner of the net leaving the Southampton keeper helpless on 65 minutes.

The Southampton youngsters worked hard to get back into the game and never stopped trying to play the right way, trusting their passing game and working hard out of possession. The experience and ability of the Chairgirls was evident as they saw the game out in relative comfort although not converting some other good chances they created. There was a reminder as to how positive the young Southampton players were when a shot struck the top of bar with a couple of minutes remaining.

Overall, a very good all round performance from the Chairgirls to book their place in the final. Once details for the final are released, we will circulate via all of our media platforms.

Next week sees the Chairgirls make the short trip to Woodley in a return to league action. This, of course, is subject to guidance in respect of the Covid-19 virus. Any changes to fixtures will be circulated as soon as we are advised. Keep an eye out for updates.

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