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Report: Women's Reserves bow out of Trophy

The Chairgirls push themselves against higher tier opposition.

7 December 2021

A spirited display from the Chairgirls Reserves was not enough to see them progress as Caversham United ran out 5-2 victors.

The Reserves went into this Cup game knowing they were facing an uphill battle against a team two leagues above them with Caversham United plying their trade in Division One of the Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League.

However, you would not have known that in the first ten minutes of the game, as the Chairgirls started brightly. Wycombe were camped in the final third of the pitch and did everything right apart from getting meaningful shots on target.

They were sucker-punched in the 15th minute when Caversham's first shot at goal found its way under keeper Eames and into the back of the net.

The Chairgirls were unfortunate two minutes later when Jorja Louise Bray started a counter attack, played wide to Emma Dean, the experienced player finding striker Amelia Gilbert who saw her header go agonisingly wide of the post.

Eve Savage looked to add to her recent run of goals with an effort in the 25th minute that was inches wide of the post, Emilie Bamford doing the same 5 minutes later. These efforts coming either side of a Caversham attack that was stopped by an onrushing Lillie Eames.

Half-time: Caversham United 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers.

Caversham came out with more impetus in the second half and with the wind on their side, were 2-0 up in the 52nd minute with a 30-yard shot, that went straight through the keeper's hands.

That lead became 3-0 five minutes later, when Wycombe left space in the middle for another long-range effort to hit the back of the net.

Determined to show their worth, Wycombe's Naimh Creighton made a determined run down the left in the 62nd minute that was stopped by a foul on the edge of the box. Up stepped Bamford with a curling effort into the bottom corner.

However, Caversham scored an almost identical goal straight from kick off to restore their three-goal lead.

Down but not out, some good link up play between Creighton, Gilbert and Bray eventually saw the ball land to winger Sally Grimm in the 70th minute, who shot across goal and watched as the ball hit the post and went in!

The final goal of the game was fitting for the attacking football shown and that was in the 77th minute when Caversham got their 5th with a great 30-yard lob.

Full-time: Caversham United 5-2 Wycombe Wanderers.

Now out of the cup, Wycombe will hold their heads high and concentrate on the league. Best of luck to Caversham United as they head into the next round.


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