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Ladies - Match centre

Taplow United
Wantage Town Football Club
Unknown (75')
Full time
S Mundy (30'), J Wilkinson (36'), M Steptoe (39', 49'), K West (79' Pen, 91')
Sun 15 Oct 14:00 - League

Ladies Back To Winning Ways

Ladies Topple Second Placed Taplow

The Ladies travelled to Taplow United on Sunday, a side sitting in second place in the league with just one defeat to their name.

After some early home pressure Wantage began to take the game to Taplow and were unlucky not to take the lead on 11 minutes when Jade Wilkinson’s shot was deflected over from a Ky West corner.

Wilkinson was then denied a clear cut penalty ten minutes later as a grounded Taplow defender grabbed her leg to prevent her shooting, but the referee chose not to award it and instead showed Wilkinson a yellow card for protesting.

The decision fired up the whole team as Wantage continued to ask questions of a flat Taplow defence and on 26 minutes Wilkinson again broke free only to shoot straight at keeper Sam Barwood. Debutant Meghann Steptoe latched on to the rebound her shot drifted harmlessly wide.

Barwood’s resulting goal-kick went straight to Steptoe, but she rushed her shot and again it sailed wide.

The goal did eventually come on the half-hour, Ally Paton sending Sam Mundy clear down the left wing and with no covering defence the latter was able to steady herself before firing over Barwood and into the far corner.

And Wantage doubled their lead on 36 minutes when Kat Boylan’s through ball allowed Wilkinson to break free again, and this time she finished with composure over the stranded keeper.

With Taplow already looking a beaten side they were hampered further by the loss of one of their players through injury. And with no-one on the bench they had to play out the rest of the match one short.

Wantage capitalised when Ashleigh Wilcox jinxed down the right wing before finding Steptoe who took advantage of the keeper being off her line to make it 3-0 in the 39th minute.

A rare break by Taplow two minutes later saw Holly Hussey-Burd make progress down the right before unleashing a shot that looked goal-bound all the way until Shanlayer Cordon stretched out an arm and tipped it onto the bar to make a fantastic save, and with no Taplow players pushing in support Wantage could clear the danger.

Any chance Taplow had of getting back into the game disappeared four minutes into the second half, Sarah Farndon threaded a great ball through for Steptoe who again finished over the keeper for her second of the day.

Taplow were now offering very little going forward and Wantage’s defence restricted them to long-range efforts that barely troubled Cordon.

Georgina Ash came close to adding to the score when Boylan’s diagonal pass found her, but the shot just went the wrong side of the post on 66 minutes.

Then Wantage were themselves caught flat on 75 minutes, allowing Naomi Littler to break clear and finish well to make it 4-1. But it wasn’t long before Wantage restored their 4-goal advantage when Barwood brought down West in the area on 79 minutes, and the latter picked herself up to fire home from the spot to make amends for her miss earlier in the season.

Wilcox was on hand to bravely block a Taplow shot in the 84th minute before Wilkinson had the ball in the back of the net right on the 90 from a West pass. However the referee ruled it offside without even looking at the Taplow linesman who, when the ref did look over, told him she was on-side. However the goal still did not stand.

Wantage did make it six a minute later though, Wilkinson drawing Barwood before squaring to an un-marked West to slot home.

A fantastic performance from the whole team today, and one that has been coming. Hopefully that will give us the impetus to push on now and gain some ground on the teams at the top.

A great debut from Steptoe, who deserved the Player of the Match accolade, and our other debutant Sophie Edwards also showed she will be an asset once her fitness improves.

This Sunday we are home to Barton Rovers reserves, 2pm kick-off at Alfredian Park.

Key moments

30:00
Goal Sam Mundy scores for Wantage Town Football Club
36:00
Goal Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
39:00
Goal Meghann Steptoe scores for Wantage Town Football Club
49:00
Goal Meghann Steptoe scores for Wantage Town Football Club
75:00
Goal Goal for Taplow United
79:00
Scored Penalty Ky West scores a penalty for Wantage Town Football Club
90:00 +1:00
Goal Ky West scores for Wantage Town Football Club

Highlights

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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Meghann Steptoe is awarded player of the match for Wantage Town Football Club
90:00 +1:00 Goal 1 - 6
Ky West scores for Wantage Town Football Club
84:00 Sub Off
Skye Cooper is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
84:00 Sub On
Sophie Edwards is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
80:00 Sub Off
Meghann Steptoe is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
80:00 Sub On
Jade Wilkinson is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
79:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 5
Ky West scores a penalty for Wantage Town Football Club
75:00 Goal 1 - 4
Goal for Taplow United
73:00 Sub Off
Katharina Boylan is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
73:00 Sub On
Ky West is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
63:00 Sub Off
Sophie Edwards is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
63:00 Sub On
Ashleigh Wilcox is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
49:00 Goal 0 - 4
Meghann Steptoe scores for Wantage Town Football Club
45:00 Sub Off
Ashleigh Wilcox is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
45:00 Sub Off
Ky West is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Georgina Ash is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Sophie Edwards is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 0 - 3
Meghann Steptoe scores for Wantage Town Football Club
37:00 Sub On
Sarah Farndon is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
37:00 Sub Off
Jade Wilkinson is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
36:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Mundy scores for Wantage Town Football Club
23:00 Sub On
Naomi Loveless is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
23:00 Sub Off
Amelia Smith is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
21:00 Yellow Card
Jade Wilkinson is yellow carded for Wantage Town Football Club
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Taplow United
  • Wantage Town Football Club
  • 0
  • Jade Wilkinson Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Naomi Loveless Sub On 23:00'
  • Amelia Smith Sub Off 23:00'
  • Sam Mundy Goal 30:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Goal 36:00'
  • Sarah Farndon Sub On 37:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Sub Off 37:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Goal 39:00'
  • Sophie Edwards Sub On 45:00'
  • Ashleigh Wilcox Sub Off 45:00'
  • Georgina Ash Sub On 45:00'
  • Ky West Sub Off 45:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Goal 49:00'
  • Ashleigh Wilcox Sub On 63:00'
  • Sophie Edwards Sub Off 63:00'
  • Katharina Boylan Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ky West Sub On 73:00'
  • Goal 75:00'
  • Ky West Scored Penalty 79:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Sub On 80:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Sub Off 80:00'
  • Sophie Edwards Sub On 84:00'
  • Skye Cooper Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ky West Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Player of the Match 90:00 +6:00'

Team selection

Cordon, Shanleya Cordon, Shanleya
Cooper, Skye Cooper, Skye
Dearman, Steph Dearman, Steph
Steptoe, Meghann Steptoe, Meghann
Paton, Ally Paton, Ally
Mundy, Sam Mundy, Sam
Wilcox, Ashleigh Wilcox, Ashleigh
West, Ky West, Ky
Wilkinson, Jade Wilkinson, Jade
Smith, Amelia Smith, Amelia
Boylan, Katharina Boylan, Katharina

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