Wycombe Progress to Second Semi-Final
A tale of two halves sees Wycombe Ladies through to their second semi-final of the season
Wycombe progressed through to the semi-final of the Thames Valley Counties Women's League Cup by defeating Headington Ladies 3-2 on Sunday.
As the game got underway Wycombe took control, easing their way around the opposition with a series of intricate plays. The visitors took a deserved lead after an incredible run from Captain Charlotte Bagshaw allowed her to weave her way from central defence into the opposing penalty box. After a number of quick one-twos with her team mates, the skilful run ended with Bagshaw slotting the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Wycombe didn't take their foot off the gas and soon added a second via striker Lauren Head. Head picked up the ball on the edge of the area and after beating two defenders smashed the ball high and hard and into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Headington were finding it hard to mount any serious pressure as Wycombe were dominating the midfield. Bagshaw soon found herself in acres of space at the edge of the opposing box. Feeling confident from her earlier effort, she decided to audaciously lob keeper, Louise Rendle, who was momentarily off of her line. Rendle couldn't quite get back in time and Bagshaw bagged her second sublime goal of the game.
The half-time whistle couldn't come quickly enough for Headington who had only managed one shot on target in the first half.
When play resumed the game was somewhat turned on its head and a resurgent Headington finally got a hold of the game. A momentary lapse in concentration from Wycombe saw the ball fall kindly to Headington's striker and she calmly slotted it into the bottom corner of the net.
Having been buoyed by their goal, Headington were constantly peppering the Wycombe goal line, forcing keeper, Emily Sherwood and the Wycombe defence to make a series of fine saves and clearances. It wasn't long before their persistence paid off and after a great run through the middle of the field, Headington's striker expertly chipped Sherwood to the delight of the home supporters.
Sensing a Headington equaliser was on the cards, Wycombe had to dig deep in order to try and gain some control back. Headington weren't going to give up without a fight and had a number of late corners, one of which sailed agonisingly close to the near post. The game became very stretched with chances at either end but eventually the referee blew the final whistle to the relief of the blues.
The win now takes Wycombe into the semi-final of two cup competitions. Having also remained unbeaten since October they are now mounting a serious challenge for the title as well. This means that Wycombe are in a strong position to achieve the treble this season, a feat that hasn't ever been achieved in the League's history.