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25 August 2019 Venue Court Place Farm Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Oxford United
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Crawley Wasps

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PREVIEW: Women Kick Off Season at Home

The U's take on Crawley Wasps in the FAWNL Cup

23 August 2019

Oxford United Women kick off the season at home on Sunday to Crawley Wasps (2pm KO). The U’s start their competitive matches in the FAWNL Cup after an unbeaten pre-season schedule over the summer.

The U’s women begin their campaign in the FAWNL Cup after their league opener against Keynsham Town was postponed last weekend.

It was a strong off-season campaign for the Women's side, who enjoyed an unbeaten run over the summer months. They started with a draw against London Bees before winning their remaining games against Southampton, Wolverhampton, Lewes and Abingdon United.

Speaking to iFollow, First Team Manager Liam Gilbert told us:

“It’s been a really good pre-season for the girls. Obviously the results don’t mean anything just yet, but the fact is that we’ve got that mentality to win games and we’ve had good performances. There’s definitely lots of positives to take.

“I’m really happy with the players we’ve brought in. Last season we looked at a few areas that we wanted to strengthen, and a few have turned up and blown our expectations away. It’s a really good environment.

“I’ve said to the girls that I think we’ve got a real special group here together and I think they sky is the limit. Whatever we set ourselves to I think we can achieve but it’s working week after week and game after game to make sure we work to towards that. We had a slow start last season but we know the league, we’ve got better foundations and we’ve got a much better squad – that’s not to do a disservice to anyone here last season – but I think we’ve strengthened all over the place and I’m really excited with what we can do.”

For visitors Crawley Wasps, Megan Stow was sent off last weekend but will be available due to her suspension starting next week.

The match will be played at Court Place Farm on Sunday and will kick off at 2pm. Full prices are as follows: 

Adults £5
Concessions £2
OUFC Season Ticket Holders £2
U16s FREE

 

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Match Reports

Oxford United Women Stung by Crawley Wasps

Women start season with a narrow loss to Crawley Wasps in the FAWNL Cup

25 August 2019

Oxford United women lost 1-0 to Crawley Wasps in the FAWNL Cup this afternoon at Court Place Farm.

In sweltering heat the U's worked the first chances of the game through Kayleigh Hines who looked lively in the middle of the park alongside captain Lauren Haynes.

Hines first received the ball in midfield and took aim from 30 yards but saw her effort sail comfortably wide. Working space for herself again in midfield moments later she took aim from distance once more, but this time her effort flew narrowly wide as she began to find her distance.

Despite the challenging conditions the U’s did well to press their opponents. An injury to Ellie Kirby prompted the first water break of the afternoon as temperatures exceeded 30 degrees. Kirby was unable to continue and was replaced by Ellie Searle midway through the first half.

Haynes swung a cross in on 30 minutes looking for the head of Johns but the young forward was adjudged to have pushed her marker while Georgia Timms went close as she was put through on goal with her strike being saved by the Crawley goalkeeper.

Goalless at half time the early stages of the second period saw Immy Lancaster have the first sight on goal as she picked up the ball on the edge of the area. Her strike however, was straight down the throat of the Crawley goalkeeper.

Crawley had the best chance of the game 20 minutes from time as a good ball from Nash found a forward unmarked in the area but her finish was poor and it was fired wide.

As both sides began to tire the game became very open. Steph Bent fired in a dangerous delivery which was headed behind for a corner before Carly Johns was nearly set free by Lancaster if not for a good interception by the Crawley defence.

Just as the game seemed to be heading towards extra time, United fell behind. A defensive mistake allowed a Crawley forward in behind and she finished well past Sercombe in a cruel blow to United who were looking the most likely to score.

UNITED : Sercombe, Roberts, Clifford, Beaver, Kirby (Searle), Hines, Haynes (c), Johns, Lancaster, Bent, Timms (Moore)

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