Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 9
Aylesbury United Ladies – 0
Buckingham Athletic Ladies finally got their preseason campaign up and running on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields with a comfortable win over Aylesbury United Ladies, and with several new faces blending into the core of last seasons squad put on a display the club could be very proud of going into the new Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League season in just a few weeks’ time.
The game played in three thirty minute slots saw Athletic take control from the off, Jordan Heron forcing United keeper Keri Clark to block with her feet within the first minute, after a great pass from Sam Jolley. Aylesbury won a corner in the fourth minute which was easily cleared to the middle of the pitch where Heron slid the perfect pass through for Alex Miller to latch onto, with Clark off her line Miller curled the ball from twenty yards around the keeper and into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.
Athletic threatened every time Heron got down the right, the United defence struggled throughout with her pace and on eighteen minutes she won the race down the wing and as Clark advanced from her goal, the Buckingham winger flashed the ball across the goal face and wide, Miller was inches away from getting on the end of the cross.
A minute later the home lead was doubled when Heron again outwitted her marker, she advanced towards goal and from the corner of the six-yard box went for goal, the ball rebounded off the near post, hit the keeper and sat up nicely for Miller to lift into the roof of the net. From there the Buckingham confidence grew even more, Jade Copas trying her luck from twenty yards but screwing wide. 1/3: 2-0
Two minutes after the restart Courtney Crawley broke down the left and cut inside to force Clark to push away for a corner; Jolley swung the corner in & as Clark went to clear Kayleigh Harwood beat her to the ball and headed home. Two minutes later the lead was four, when Jolley picking the ball up out on the right went for goal from twenty-five yards, the ball sailing over everyone including Clark and in.
Athletic continued to press and Harwood saw a great run down the right result with her crossing into Gemma Ball twelve yards from goal, she took on the acrobatic over the head attempt but the ball bounced just wide of goal. On forty-two minutes Copas got in on the goal scoring when she ran at the Aylesbury defence and shrugged off a challenge before knocking past Clark with ease.
Ball then opened her Athletic account when a ball played through for her to chase down was met on the edge of the area by Clark, but she failed to hold on to it and Ball robbed her of possession before turning and firing onto the unguarded net. The seventh goal arrived on fifty-two minutes when Crawley fed Nicole Britton from the left and from twenty yards she hit the ball sweetly and it again sailed over the United keeper and in. 2/3: 7-0
Straight from the restart Heron posed more problems for the visitor’s as she tormented down the right, a cross into the middle saw Ball head straight into the hands of Clark, just before Miller was denied her hatrick by the post, beating the keeper the ball rebounded back off the upright with a defender on hand to thump away to safety.
Aylesbury enjoyed some possession calling Buckingham custodian Ellen Fenables to pull off a couple of regulatory blocks and saves, but with just under a quarter of an hour left the hosts won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, As the bodies assembled in front of goal, Copas took the kick and the ball sailed over everyone including Clark and went in.
With four minutes left Britton grabbed her second of the evening, picking the ball up out wide she cut across midfield before chipping over the defence and keeper to round off a convincing victory for the home side. F/T: 9-0
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