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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

12 November 2023 Venue Bulmershe Pavilion Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Woodley United Ladies
0 - 4
Oxford United Women
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Women Up For The FA Cup

U’s travel to Woodley United Ladies in First Round

10 November 2023

Oxford United Women take on Woodley United Ladies away from home in the First Round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday 12th of November.

Sam Rose will take charge of his first game as Manager, kicking off at 2PM at Bulmershe Pavillion, RG5 3HE.

Woodley United have chosen not to charge for entry, and so the game will be free for everyone. However, the home side will be collecting for their local food bank on the day and we ask any fans who are able to, to contribute on Sunday.

Hot drinks will be available to purchase but only by cash or bank transfer. No card payments.

Woodley United, who play in the Fifth Tier of Women’s football, enter the First Round of the historic competition for the first time in their club’s history.

The U’s haven’t played a competitive fixture for a month, the last time they played on the 12th October they emerged as 1-0 winners away at Cheltenham Town.

Sam Rose told

“We’re against a lower tier side but we need to make sure we approach it in the right manner because obviously the prize money for the club is an important income and it certainly won't be a game that I'll be looking to brush under the carpet.

“It’ll be a good opportunity for me to see what the group looks like and potentially some younger players coming into the group, but we’ll make those decisions later in the week.

“We'll be taking it seriously and hopefully we can take the step towards putting a cup run together and that will hopefully give us some momentum to build on this season in the league and the cup.

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Match Reports

Women Progess In FA Cup

Woodley United Ladies 0-4 OUWFC. Match Report

12 November 2023

Sam Rose took charge of his first game as Manager of Oxford United Women as the U’s progressed to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup, beating Woodley United Ladies 4-0.

Two goals either side of half time, first from Zoe Barratt and Jenna Legg, and then by Barratt and Sarah King saw the U’s win comfortably away from home at Bulmershe Pavilion.

Leah Burridge and Legg both had long range shots in the first ten, but Woodley did well to stifle the U’s threat early on.

Charley Evans at right back was excellent for the tier 5 side, whilst on the other flank the experienced Shelly Provan looked like she would be the one to unlock the key for the U’s.

It was a moment of magic that broke the deadlock. Barratt turned on the edge of the box and rifled a half volley superbly into the left corner to give the U’s the lead on the half hour mark.

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The U’s were professional all afternoon on a tricky pitch, and when Legg popped up with her first goal in Yellow before half time it was probably game over. The U’s midfielder was layed off in the box by Kate Wiseman and drilled the ball into the bottom left corner to send Oxford into the break two goals ahead.

Lots of credit has to go to Woodley, who were playing in this stage of the competition for the first time in their history. Michelle Quinn made things bitty in midfield all afternoon and Gemma Sims defended the box excellently to keep United’s clear cut chances to a minimum.

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After the restart, Zoe Barratt had a header saved well by Sophie Measham, who had a lot to do and did a lot of it well. Jaime Gotch then fired an effort just over from range, before Wiseman curled an effort wide.

The U’s pounced on a tiring Woodley side and made it three and four in quick succession just after the hour mark.

Barratt got her second of the game when she rode a challenge on the edge of the box and picked out the bottom corner perfectly before King scored the pick of the bunch three minutes later.

Cutting inside of the left, the U’s winger struck a perfect effort sliding away from the diving keeper and into the top right corner to wrap up a solid win.

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Lacy Liggett and Amy Woodhead replaced Anais Trinci and Wiseman in the latter stages, and Woodley fought to the bitter end and put bodies on the line to keep the scoreline at a respectful 4-0 given the gulf in tiers between the two sides.

Into the second round of the Women’s FA Cup and a confident win in tricky conditions for Sam Rose’s first game in charge of the U’s.

LINEUP: Sercombe, Provan, Gotch, Jenkins, Oliver, Wiseman (Woodhead, 87'), Burridge, Legg, King, Barratt, Trinci (Liggett, 71')

Match Report by Billy Lawrence, Photos by Darrell Fisher

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