Yellawomen impressive in 5-1 Wycombe Win
Nicole Brown and Izzy Woods starred as Ascot United Women cruised to a comfortable 5-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers on Sunday. Brown bagged two and an assist and Woods bossed the midfield, although it was an all-round stellar display from Darrel Evans’s side.
Ascot were ahead as early as the tenth minute when Dom Carrington fired over home ‘keeper Emily Strange after advancing down the right wing and trying her luck from distance.
The Yellawomen were, however, once again indebted to evergreen ‘keeper Lisa Phillips who produced a trio of saves inside a five minute spell to keep her side in front.
But it was Ascot who were more inventive and Brown’s quick feet fashioned herself a 20th minute chance, which Strange saved.
And, Brown’s industry was rewarded in the 37th minute when she charged down a clearance and nodded the loose ball over the advancing Strange to make it 2-0; covering defender Shauna Smith unable to hack the ball off the line.
Brown then turned provider for Sarah Davern who cracked a brilliant dipping 25-yard effort over Strange to make it 3-0 five minutes before the break, and only a covering defender denied Brown her second and Ascot a fourth when she neatly clipped Carrington’s cross towards the near post in first half stoppage time.
However, when the pair combined again on the hour mark it was Brown whose sublime first touch from Carrington’s cross which took both the covering defender and goalkeeper out of the equation, leaving her the easiest of tap-ins to make it 4-0.
But although the hosts only scored one, it was the goal of the game shortly afterwards when Sophie Attfield rode Woods’s challenge, regained her balance and lashed an unstoppable long range effort into the top left.
A tactical masterclass saw Laura Spark introduced and then score with her first touch barely sixty second after coming on – nodding Davern’s corner home to make it 5-1 in the 67th minute.
Although the scoring was complete there were still plenty of chances; Strange bravely blocking substitute Tiff Skinner’s thunderbolt after Skinner had neatly spun her marker and Strange would later clatter a combination of post and defender Kara Howes when bravely denying Ascot in the wake of Spark’s deep free kick.
Between those chances Skinner fired agonisingly wide after neat interchange with Brown as Wanderers clung on, although they had a late chance for a consolation when Freya Harris fired wide following a counter-attack.
But it was a fine day at the office for The Yellawomen, and even player-coach Alix-Todd could afford to substitute herself midway through the second half to admire the fruits of her own work.
Ascot United: Phillips, Luckhurst-McCord, Connor (Spark 66’), Cruickshanks, Killick-Bird, Woods, Carrington, Todd (Vince 68’), Kimble (Skinner 53’), Brown, Davern