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Report: Women's Firsts out of Berks and Bucks Cup

Chesham United put four past the Chairgirls to progress.

18 October 2021

Sheena Booker

Wycombe welcomed Chesham United Ladies to Flackwell Heath this weekend in the first round of the Berks and Bucks Women’s Cup.

Chesham sit in 4th place in the FA Women’s National League – Division 1 South West playing a level above Wycombe.

It was always going to be a difficult fixture for Wycombe given their current form and missing experienced and key players from their ranks this weekend. However, Wycombe probably surprised their opponents with their tactical approach to the game which saw them allowing the opposition to keep possession in their own half, then work hard to win the ball in the midfield area looking to spring counter attacks of their own.  

The tempo of the defensive work from the hosts was excellent and they maintained their disciplined approach throughout. There were occasions where Chesham probed patiently and broke lines only to thwarted by the Wycombe defensive line, which was well martialled by skipper, Katie Hudson. Amy Whale had a couple of long-range efforts to contend with and also made a brave save to deny an onrushing Gemma Fraser. Disaster struck for the home defence when Katie Hudson limped off with an ankle injury which she had gamely tried to play through. Veteran fullback Emma Dean replaced her with the lively Kara Howes moving into central defence alongside the impressive Amy Leach. The home side created few clear goal scoring opportunities of note the best coming from the right back area where Taya McCalmon impressed with her long-range distribution.

Half-time: Wycombe 0-0 Chesham

The second half started in much the same way as the first half had ended with Chesham seeing a lot of the ball but unable to conjure up the bit of magic required to break down a stubborn and resolute Wycombe defensive strategy. However, on the 56th minute, Chesham got their breakthrough when Wright forced the ball home from close range. Wycombe rallied themselves and the hard work they all put in was typified by the competitiveness of Sam Jackson who was urging her teammates and leading by example in pressurising Chesham. Wycombe created 3 or 4 half chances that, with a little more composure, may have produced a goal. The determination and aggression of teenager, Kiyana Fryer, playing as a lone striker was evident although she was starved of any clear opportunities. Youngster, Naimh Creighton, joined the action, making her 1st team debut, on 75 minutes to replace Charlotte Parrett who had worked hard to keep Chesham at bay alongside her midfield colleagues of Harrison, Kern and Newberry. Chesham were unfortunate not to extend their lead on 76 minutes when a header hit the base of the post and was cleared to safety.

It took until the 81st minute for Chesham to seal victory with Farrow striking a hopeful long ball through towards the eager Fraser. On this occasion the pass was too long and bounced in the 18-yard box, deceiving the otherwise assured Whale and ended up in the net. Two further goals came in the last five minutes from Gladwin’s deft header from a short corner routine which hit the inside of the post and went in and an excellent low strike from Anneka Nuttall from 20 yards.  

Full time: Wycombe 0-4 Chesham United

Wycombe can hold their heads high with their discipline and defensive work. Their fitness was not quite up to that of their more senior opponent and the extra quality and experience of Chesham told in the end. Next weekend sees Wycombe make the long trip to north Kent to visit Herne Bay in the 3rd Qualifying round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup which is a 2 pm kick off at the MBS Stadium.

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