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Report: Women's Firsts clinch three points in Oxford

The team travel back down the M40 with the win.

16 November 2021

Sheena Booker

The Chairgirls secured their first three points of the campaign as they dominated Oxford City.

The pair fought out an exciting 4-4 draw back in September in a game that arguably, the Chairgirls should have won. Expectations were positive leading into the game and Wycombe certainly showed their intent from the start, testing Oxford’s back four and keeper with several early efforts that either missed the target or were competently dealt with by Oxford’s keeper. Oxford defended strongly but were often on the backfoot and unable to mount any real pressure of their own with Amy Whale in the Wycombe goal rarely called into action. As the half progressed, Wycombe were starting to offer more with shots raining in from distance and close range. The best strike was from Felicity West who saw her goal bound effort well saved down to her right by the Oxford keeper. From the resulting corner, Amy Leach met the ball with a firm header that was well saved again. A driving run from Howes forced a corner after she had beaten two defenders with the third defender able to halt the run.

The corner was cleared by the Oxford defence only to find Sarah Harrison narrowly firing over the top of the goal from 25 yards.

Chante Inniss and Emma Kern in the wide attacking roles were enjoying their respective afternoons, making good headway into dangerous areas and not allowing the Oxford defence any time to relax. The breakthrough came on 41 minutes when skipper Jackson, slotted an excellent pass through to West who made no mistake with a clinical finish.

In what was perhaps the most dominant display from Wycombe this season for 45 minutes, they were probably disappointed to only be leading by the solitary goal at half time.

Half time: Oxford City 0–1 Wycombe Wanderers

The second half started the way the first half finished, with Wycombe dominating territorially. It took 15 minutes of play until Inniss extended the lead, latching onto an excellent Howes pass to beat the onrushing keeper and calmly stroke home from 15 yards.

Amy Leach connected with another McCalmon corner on 64 minutes only to be denied by the Oxford keeper again. The visitors continued to probe for openings and were unfortunate not to extend their lead with efforts from Jackson, West and Inniss all being saved. Defensively, Wycombe stood strong and were rarely stretched out of position and, on the rare occasions they were, Whale was more than equal to anything thrown at her.

One of Oxford’s attacks in the 71st minute was halted by what appeared to be a fair challenge from McCalmon. The referee thought otherwise and McCalmon found her protests too much for the referee who consigned her to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Wycombe, now down to ten players, had to deal with the ensuing freekick. The reshuffled Wycombe back line dealt with the kick effectively and play progressed up the pitch quickly and accurately. A cross from the left was partially cleared and fell to Sammy Nazif just outside the penalty area. Her first touch created a bit of space for her to coolly chip the keeper who was off her line to extend the visitors lead.

On 75 minutes, the hard working West was replaced by youngster, Kiyana Fryer, whose aggressive running and defensive work contributed to finishing the afternoon’s task. McCalmon returned to the action briefly before making way for Charlotte Parrett and Sammy Nazif made way for Hannah Golightly.  

Wycombe saw out the remainder of the game unscathed and were deserving victors on the day. This was a much-improved performance from Wycombe and one that they need to build on to ensure that they are not stuck in a relegation dog fight for survival as the season progresses.

 This coming Sunday sees another trip west to newly promoted Abingdon Town, who have started life in the premier division very well so far. They will be difficult opponents for Wycombe but, on the showing today, the Chairgirls could upset the form book.

Full time: Oxford City 0–3 Wycombe Wanderers 

Line-up: Amy Whale; Emma Newberry; Taya McCalmon (Charlotte Parrett 82); Amy Leach; Kara Howes; Emma Kern; Sam Jackson (c); Sarah Harrison; Sammy Nazif (Hannah Golightly 83); Chante Inniss; Felicity West (Kiyana Fryer 75).

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