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Report: Depleted Women's Firsts suffer convincing Cup defeat

An afternoon to forget for the Chairgirls.

15 December 2021

Sheena Booker

It was a tough afternoon for the Women's Firsts who were handed a high-scoring loss by top of the league Abingdon in the Cup.

Wycombe headed to Abingdon United in the league cup on Sunday faced with a difficult task made harder with the absence of four senior players, stretching the squad resources to its limits.

However, it was the Chairgirls who opened the scoring after a bright start. On 17 minutes, good link-up play between youngsters Paish and Tilley resulted in the latter firing home from just inside the penalty area. This was the prompt that Abingdon needed and they steadily increased the pressure on their visitors; a cross from the left side of Wycombe’s defence not dealt with leaving an unchallenged Abingdon player with a simple tap in to draw level on 27 minutes.

The visitors were facing a constant barrage of attacks but defended incredibly well with skipper Katie Hudson leading the way. However, it was an unforced error that gifted the home side with their second goal when a goal kick ended up at the feet of the lively Molly Lygo who smashed the ball home from the edge of the box leaving Whale no chance.  

Half-time: Abingdon United 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Abingdon came out after the half time break intent on driving home their advantage and extended their lead on 49 minutes when ex Chairgirl, Lindsay Pinker, found herself unmarked to slot home from close range. Abingdon set up camp in the visitors half and extended their lead further on 53 minutes when indecision between Whale and her defenders allowed a loose ball find the feet of Lauren May to finish from close range for 4-1.

On the rare occasion when the Chairgirls mounted an attack, it was stopped in its tracks by another former Chairgirl in Steph Mobbs, who used all of her experience to neutralise any danger from Wycombe. Although, youngster Ruby Paish again showed her threat with a couple of strikes on target, as did young Naomi Tilley.

Abingdon continued to work hard to press home their superiority and extended their lead with 2 further goals in the space of a minute to go 6-1 up. The 7th goal came on 80 minutes despite the efforts of Hudson and her fellow defenders whose midfield were being overrun. The final goal came courtesy of an own goal from skipper Hudson who was working hard to get back into position after another fine passing move from the hosts and her attempted clearance flew off her boot to finish the afternoon’s scoring. An undeserved ending for Hudson as she led by example against a team that, on the day, dominated their visitors.

Full-time: Abingdon United 8-1 Wycombe Wanderers

The Chairgirls can now look forward to a festive break from competitive football and will be looking to use the time to get players back to fitness and hope that the whole squad is available for their final league run in from January. Details of the next fixture for the Chairgirls will be released as soon as the League release the next batch of fixtures.

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