The Chairgirls First Team travelled to struggling Woodley United in the hope of grabbing their first three points, but bungled chances saw them miss out.
On paper, the short trip to Woodley looked very much as though Wycombe would secure their first league win of the season at the fourth attempt but, as we all know, paper and grass can be very different.
Wycombe started slowly for the fourth league game consecutively when conceding a poor corner when Kara Howes and Katie Hudson competed for the same ball causing Amy Leach to have to hastily put the ball out to apparent safety. The resulting corner inexplicably found its way to beyond the far post unchallenged for a free strike on goal from close range leaving Amy Whale no chance. What was encouraging however, was the Wycombe response which saw Wycombe create 8 excellent chances to get back on level terms and indeed, should have wrapped up the 3 points in that 35 minute spell.
Emma Kern, who was excellent in possession struggled to find the finishing touch that has seen her lead the goal scoring charts within the club. She saw two of her efforts hit the woodwork with the second one hitting the inside of the post and rolling along the goal line before being hacked to safety. She also missed a glaring opportunity from a Chante Inniss cross that eluded the home keeper and required an unerring finish which did not materialise. Inniss on the opposite flank enjoyed some good moments and frustrating moments of her own when supplying some excellent crosses as well as failing to find the target on two occasions. Rae Roberts posed a threat joining in from deep and had two good chances denied by some excellent defending to deflect a shot away for a corner, the other fired just wide of the far post.
Woodley rarely threatened and found themselves frequently exposed but continued to work hard for each other and they got a break to relieve the pressure on 40 minutes to extend their lead following a goal mouth scramble.
Half time: Woodley United 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers
The second half started with Wycombe again applying pressure. They got their reward from Sarah Harrison, arguably having one of her best games in a Wycombe shirt, who spotted the keeper off her line and shot from inside the centre circle in the Woodley half akin to finishes from the likes of Rooney and Beckham in their prime. This really ought to have spurred Wycombe on to get themselves a tighter grip on the game but too often, longer passes were attempted which resulted in the Woodley back line dropping deeper and denying the space in behind which had been exploited so positively in the first half. However, it did not stop Wycombe from creating some good chances with the woodwork intervening for a third time when Inniss struck a shot against the bar. Woodley stood firm as Kern had another opportunity denied by some desperate defending as did the energetic Kara Howes who started to push forward to help out in the middle and attacking thirds. Wycombe came close to forcing an equaliser with around 10 minutes remaining when a frantic scramble was eventually sorted out by a solid clearance as Woodley again worked hard to preserve their lead.
A frustrating afternoon for the Chairgirls who will no doubt play worse than this and come away with all 3 points. The positives to take were the quality of their play for long periods and the fact that they created chances which, on any other day, would have been taken and resulted in a very different outcome and score line.
This coming Sunday sees Wycombe return to cup action, this time in the County Cup where they welcome Chesham United of the National League Division 1 South West to Bucks College for a 2 pm KO. This will be a big test for this new squad who will hope to be able to put away any chances created whilst learning not to put themselves on the backfoot by conceding early in the game. Come along and get behind the team this Sunday!
Full time: Woodley United 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Line up: Amy Whale; Kara Howes; Taya McCalmon; Katie Hudson (C); Amy Leach; Emma Kern; Sarah Harrison; Sam Jackson; Chante Inniss; Rae Roberts; Kiyana Fryer.
Subs (both used); Charlotte Parrett; Sammy Nazif.