This was always going to be a difficult game facing a mature Eastleigh team second in the table, pushing for promotion, and in good form; and so it turned out with Eastleigh overcoming Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Development side by three goals to nil.
Despite the score-line this was a good performance by the young Chairgirls team, and was a further example of how the team has grown in confidence and maturity through the season. The first half display was as good a half of football in terms of team organisation and efficient attacking football as any this season. Wycombe went in 0-0 at half-time, after being unable to convert the attacking opportunities in the final third which they had created for themselves from their effective build up play.
In the second half Wycombe were over-powered by the older stronger Eastleigh team. Eastleigh scored two very good goals from outside the box, while Jodie Whittle made two excellent saves to keep the development team in the contest. Wycombe remained competitive in the second half only conceding two in the last ten minutes to scupper their thoughts of maybe snatching a point.
In reality, when the rain and the game had finally stopped this was exactly the type of game which will benefit the development of the Wycombe team. The Chairgirls made Eastleigh work very hard for their win, frustrating them through their competitiveness and compactness defensively, and causing Eastleigh to panic at times due to the consistent way in which Wycombe broke Eastleigh’s defensive line, particularly in the first half.
Wycombe can reflect on the fact that they have lots to work on, but can be confident that they have made considerable progress as a squad, and have a good solid performance base to build on.
Finally, congratulations to Eastleigh who with four games left in the league look almost certain to secure the second promotion spot.
Team: Whittle; Hughes, Wheller, Coward, Shah, Baker, Thorne, Southby, Johnston Chowdhry, Ball, Johnston.