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First Team (Women) - Match centre

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Wantage Town Football Club
Newbury Reserves
J Wilkinson (11', 27', 53')
Full time
Unknown (43')
Sun 14 Jan 14:00 - League Attendance 32

Ladies Earn Another Three Points

Wantage Come Out On Top Against A Strong Newbury Side

Wantage earned a hard-fought three points against a strong Newbury Development side in a game that could have gone either way.

The visitors boasted 11 players in their squad with first-team experience this season, and fielded only 6 of the side we had faced in the return fixture at the end of November as they bellied their lowly eighth place.

And it was Newbury that started the strongest, keeping the hosts pinned in their own half for the first ten minutes and winning a string of corners. However Wantage stood strong with keeper Bells Rowan making some good stops.

Finally Wantage managed to cross the halfway linein the 11th minute, and in a quick break down the left Ashleigh Wilcox’s defence splitting pass allowed Jade Wilkinson through on goal and she calmly slotted past Carly Passfield who was between the sticks for Newbury thanks to their first team being without a game.

The goal gave Wantage a much needed shot in the arm, their confidence grew and the game became a more even affair. The hosts were defending higher up the pitch, and were now asking questions of the Newbury defence. Wilkinson combined with Harriette Titchener on 17 minutes only for Passfield to tip the final shot superbly round the post. And eight minutes later Georgina Ash was inches wide after Titchener crafted another opening.

Wantage’s second goal was more deserved on the balance of play, on 27 minutes Wilcox’s cross found Wilkinson who saw her first shot parries by Passfield but reacted quickly to stab home the loose ball.

But hopes of taking a two-goal advantage into the break disappeared with two minutes left on the clock, following the harsh awarding of a free-kick for hand ball on the right-hand edge of the area Newbury’s experienced skipper Kendall Gilmour curled the ball into the far corner.

Eight minutes into the second half Wantage restored the two goal advantage, Kat Boylan and Sam Mundy combining to set Wilkinson away again and she managed to squeeze the ball inside Passfield’s near post to complete a well-deserved hat-trick.

Titchener then saw her well-struck shot tipped round on the hour, before a lapse in concentration allowed Gilmour to reduce the deficit five minutes later, stooping low to head just out of Rowan’s reach.

It was now Newbury’s turn to rejuvenate and put Wantage under some pressure at the back. But much like the opening of the game the home side stood strong and rode out the storm to secure a vital three points from a tough, competitive encounter that was in the balance right to the final whistle.

Newbury will have left ruing the opportunities they had to get something out of the game, but as we know ourselves pressure and chances count for nothing unless they can be converted. That’s not to say Wantage weren’t deserving of the points, they put in a tremendous shift right across the pitch today and had opportunities of their own to add to the score-line.

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Jade Wilkinson

Player of the Match

Jade Wilkinson

Key moments

11:00
Goal Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
27:00
Goal Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
43:00
Goal Goal for Newbury Reserves
53:00
Goal Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jade Wilkinson is awarded player of the match for Wantage Town Football Club
87:00 Sub Off
Gayatri Patel is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
87:00 Sub On
Jade Wilkinson is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
81:00 Sub Off
Katharina Boylan is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
81:00 Sub On
Ky West is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
75:00 Sub Off
Laura Sellwood is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
75:00 Sub On
Meghann Steptoe is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
69:00 Sub On
Georgina Ash is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
69:00 Sub Off
Sam Mundy is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
54:00 Sub On
Amelia Smith is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
54:00 Sub Off
Jade Wilkinson is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
53:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Newbury Reserves
37:00 Sub On
Gayatri Patel is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
37:00 Sub Off
Meghann Steptoe is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
33:00 Sub On
Naomi Loveless is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
33:00 Sub Off
Ky West is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
27:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
26:00 Sub On
Sam Mundy is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
26:00 Sub Off
Georgina Ash is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jade Wilkinson scores for Wantage Town Football Club
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wantage Town Football Club
  • Newbury Reserves
  • 0
  • Jade Wilkinson Goal 11:00'
  • Sam Mundy Sub On 26:00'
  • Georgina Ash Sub Off 26:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Goal 27:00'
  • Naomi Loveless Sub On 33:00'
  • Ky West Sub Off 33:00'
  • Gayatri Patel Sub On 37:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Sub Off 37:00'
  • Goal 43:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Goal 53:00'
  • Amelia Smith Sub On 54:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Sub Off 54:00'
  • Georgina Ash Sub On 69:00'
  • Sam Mundy Sub Off 69:00'
  • Meghann Steptoe Sub On 75:00'
  • Laura Sellwood Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ky West Sub On 81:00'
  • Katharina Boylan Sub Off 81:00'
  • Jade Wilkinson Sub On 87:00'
  • Gayatri Patel Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Rowan, Bella Rowan, Bella
Cooper, Skye Cooper, Skye
West, Ky West, Ky
Steptoe, Meghann Steptoe, Meghann
Dearman, Steph Dearman, Steph
Sellwood, Laura Sellwood, Laura
Ash, Georgina Ash, Georgina
Wilcox, Ashleigh Wilcox, Ashleigh
Titchener, Harriette Titchener, Harriette
Wilkinson, Jade Wilkinson, Jade
Boylan, Katharina Boylan, Katharina

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