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Moneyfields 5 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Moneyfields triumphed in the battle of the 100% records in the Southern Region League Division One with a stunning second half display to beat Wycombe Wanderers by five goals.
Nothing in an evenly contested first period gave any indication that the home side would run away with the match but a four-goal burst in the opening 20 minutes on the restart gave Moneys the points.
Wycombe started the better with Christina O'Connor finding time and space to run at the home defence. Good defending by Sophie Kingsley-Smith twice denied the Chairgirls from corners.
At the other end, Becki Bath went close when played in on the left by Ali Goater and Wycombe keeper Katie Hudson saved well at her near post from a Kingsley-Smith 30-yard free kick in the 38th minute, but the opening half was largely a stalemate with defences on top.
Some half time re-organisation paid immediate dividends for the hosts. Hudson saved well from Kim Stenning within seconds of the restart after a Bath run and cross but, in the next attack, Stenning turned away from her marker to fire in a cross shot which was deflected into the net for the opener on 46 minutes.
The second goal was bundled home at the far post by Bath after her initial header had hit the bar from a perfect lofted right side cross from Kim Whitcombe on 52 minutes. Bath added another just two minutes later when another right side cross beat the Wycombe defence and left her with another close range header on the far post.
Moneyfields were playing with relaxed confidence by now and the fourth goal came on 64 minutes. Once again, precise crossing from the right side, by Stenning this time, gave Katie Shorter the opportunity to fire low into the far corner.
Wycombe responded well in the last quarter and were very unlucky not to score as they started to find space in the Moneyfields half. Chante Inniss was first denied in a one-on-one by Moneys keeper Sally-Anne Thompson and then by the bar as she shot from fifteen yards on 77 minutes.
Inbetween these two Wycombe efforts, Stenning added a fifth for the home side with a fine chipped finish past the advancing keeper and there was also nearly a sixth late on as Bath was inches away from completing a hat-trick when she shot under pressure from a defender.
Moneyfields, in their first season at this level, took sole possession of the Division One leadership with a very good all round display, especially in a clinical attacking 20 minutes after the break, against good opponents in a fine advert for the Southern Region League.
Sally-Anne Thompson, Becky Davies, Sophie Kingsley-Smith, Katie Shorter, Kira Vallely, Alison Goater, Kerri Why, Kim Stenning, Becki Bath, Kim Whitcombe, Katie George. Subs: Grace Laidlaw, Olivia Pinhorne, Melissa Lawrence.
Katie Hudson, Nicole Jacobs, Jade O'Neill, Finlay Lennard, Bonnie Messit, Emma Newberry, Natalie Barette, Christina O'Connor, Emma Dean, Chante Inniss, Alix Todd. Subs: Rachel Southby, Olivia Hall.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Kim Whitcombe is challenged by Katie Hudson
(middle) Katie Shorter holds off the attentions of Alix Todd
(bottom) Kim Whitcombe battles with Olivia Hall
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