Pre-season - the story so far

WALLINGFORD Ladies 1s began their pre-season campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw at Marlow 2nd.

Phil Morris (2) and Ella McCluskey were on the scoresheet as the side recovered from 3-2 down. Wallingford dominated the opening 20 minutes, but only had one goal to show for it, before an even encounter ensued as the side took plenty of positives from their first warm-up game. The visitors led 1-0 at the break, courtesy of Morris’s swept effort following great work down the right. Marlow levelled after the break, before McCluskey restored Wallingford’s lead with a great strike from a short corner. However, two quickfire goals saw the hosts go 3-2 in front, before the travelling team earned a draw. More great play down the right forced a save from the goalkeeper, but the ball fell to Morris who, unmarked in the middle of the D, fired into the net for her second of the game.

Wallingford Ladies 2s recorded a 2-1 win at Oxford Hawks 4th. Sarah Lye and Heather Merryweather were on target at Banbury Road North. The 3rd team also had a morale-boosting start to pre-season, beating Phoenix & Ranelagh 2nd 1-0 at home. Ame Bennett’s sweep, following good work from Natalie Wood, proved the difference in a well-deserved victory.

Wallingford 4s enjoyed an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Newbury & Thatcham 4th. Courteney Eatwell’s brilliant penalty flick opened the scoring, allowing the side to settle any nerves and grow in confidence. Kerry Whitfield’s double, which included a volley, then put Wallingford into a 3-0 lead. Ness Bennett, Ange Clements and Ruby Munday completed the scoring.

Our new 5th team held a very positive training session. Many thanks to all members and coaches who stayed behind to help.

Meanwhile, a combined Men’s 1st and 2nd side produced a positive performance in a 2-2 draw with Phoenix & Ranelagh. Ben White and Jonny Chitty were on the scoresheet.