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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

30 October 2022 Venue Court Place Farm Attendance 208

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Oxford United
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Women take on Bridgwater

National League Cup action on Sunday

28 October 2022

Oxford United Women face Bridgwater United Women in the FAWNL Cup this Sunday.

The U’s have already faced Bridgwater United this season, as they welcomed the Somerset side to Court Place Farm in the first game of the campaign.

Oxford came out victorious, winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from Naomi Cole and Riva Casley. Since then, Bridgwater have won two, drawn two, and lost three, putting them in 9th place in the Southern Premier Division.

It may feel like de-ja-vu for some as this is the third year in a row that the two teams have played each other at this stage of the competition.

Last time out in the FAWNL Cup, Oxford faced a tough test in the form of an AFC Bournemouth side that sat top of their league and pushed the U’s all the way to penalties. Rose Kite was the hero of the day, saving a crucial penalty in the shootout to send the U’s through.

Bridgwater progressed to this round by beating fellow Southern Premier side Billericay Town 1-0 in the opening tie.

Manager Liam Gilbert will return in charge of the squad after missing last weekend’s game due to work reasons, and is thrown straight back into the mix.

“As I said before I left I have so much faith in the staff and the players. They’re superb and they’re so good at their jobs. Off the pitch we have such a good technical and tactical coaching unit and it translates on the pitch” said Gilbert.

“The main thing for us is looking at what we are doing. They’ve recruited fairly well, and we beat them here in the same round last year so they may want to get one back on us. We need to make sure we are ready as we know where there strengths are, and we know areas where we can hurt them so we need to make sure we put that in to practice” added the gaffer.

The game is at Court Place Farm with a 2pm kick off. Normal league prices apply

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REPORT Women Beat Bridgwater in National League Cup

U's go through after extra time

30 October 2022

Oxford United Women progressed to the Second Round of the FAWNL League Cup after defeating Bridgwater United 2-0 after extra-time this afternoon.

Naomi Cole and Leah Burridge scored in extra time to send United through after a tough game.

Paris Sercombe made her first start of the season between the sticks, whilst Sarah King came back into the starting eleven to replace Carly Johns.

Bridgwater looked a much better side than the one that came to Court Place Farm on the opening day of the Southern Premier Division, playing the ball on the ground and stifling any Oxford threat for the first quarter of the game.

United were patient, with centre-half pairing Jaime Gotch and Riva Casley seeing a lot of the ball, but Sercombe was the busier of the two keepers for the first twenty.

It took half an hour for the U’s to create their best chances of the half. Captain Lauren Haynes pounced on a loose ball and threaded through Daisy McLachlan, but her left-footed shot was dragged just wide as Bridgwater’s defender did enough to put United's number 7 off.

McLachlan and Lacy Liggett were United’s brightest sparks, full of fight and desire in what became a pretty scrappy game of football.

With twenty minutes left to play, Bridgwater had a golden chance to take the lead. Former U’s player Daisy Ackerman crossed the ball into the box from a free kick. Set pieces are always a danger when the 6-foot-2 Amy Goddard is in town. The centre-back met the delivery but was denied by a miraculous hand from Sercombe to prevent what seemed like a certain goal.

Jess Gray replaced Shelly Provan at left back in the 72nd minute before Haynes nearly scored her first goal of the season, juggling the ball over her defender but sending her volleyed effort just wide.

United began to have more and more chances, the best of which should’ve won the game in the 86th minute. Howard’s scuffed clearance fell to Burridge who just took too long on the ball with the goal virtually empty in front of her, and fired the effort wide.

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Oana Negrea replaced McLachlan on 87 minutes, but the game ended goalless after 90 and went into extra time.

There were very few chances in extra time as both teams tried to find a way through each other’s resolute defending. Then, in the 102nd minute Goddard gave away a free kick on the left of the Bridgwater box. Cole, who is so dangerous from dead-ball situations, sent the ball all the way through the crowd and past the keeper to give United the lead. A scrappy way to go ahead but they all count.

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Sammy Wynne replaced Liggett in the 111th minute before Burridge made sure of the result by putting the U’s 2-0 up in the 116th. Oxford’s top scorer lifted the ball over a stranded Howard to keep the unbeaten record this season and extend the cup run.

Woodhead replaced Sarah King towards the end of the game and United were able to see out the victory. They now look ahead to Gillingham Women away in the League next Sunday, the 6th of November.



Report by Billy Lawrence, pictures Darrell Fisher

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