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5-2
06 October 2019 Venue Attendance

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Watford
5 - 2
Oxford United

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PREVIEW: Oxford United Women Travel to The Hornets

Women looking to get back to

3 October 2019

United Women travel to Watford on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League (KO 3pm).

The U’s will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week against Crawley Wasps as they take on fourth placed Watford this weekend.

Brogan Moore is the only absentee for the U’s this weekend as she is away on international duty with Scotland. The forward scored against Bulgaria on Wednesday, helping the side to a 4-0 win in their first UEFA Women’s U19 Championship qualifying round whilst Daisy McLachlan is in line for a return this weekend.

First team manager Liam Gilbert said:

“We have trained well this week and are confident going into the game on Sunday. We have two games in quick succession with the home match against Hounslow on Tuesday, but we will give it everything we have got and hopefully return to winning ways as quickly as possible.”

It’s the beginning of a busy week for the U’s who follow up the away match against the Hornets with a trio of home games beginning on Tuesday. United face Hounslow (8th October), Norwich City (13th October) and North Leigh (20th October).

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We will have score updates over on our Women's Twitter page (@OfficialOUWFC) as well as a match report right here after the game.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Women Lose Out To Watford

United Women left rueing missed chances

6 October 2019

Emily Allen’s double wasn’t enough as United Women registered their second defeat of the season with a 5-2 away loss at Watford this afternoon.

United started the game off brightly but it was Watford who had the first shot on goal when Ryah Vyse burst into the area, but the Hornets defender could only sting the palms of keeper Aimee Watson, who made a good save after coming out quickly to smother the danger.

The U’s had the best opportunity to break the deadlock on 17 minutes when forward Cheryl Williams showed good tenacity to win the ball back in the opposition area before picking out Georgia Timms in the area, but the forward couldn’t find the target.

Lauren Haynes then sent a dipping strike from 30 yards just over the bar as the U’s continued to push their opponents back, but it was the hosts who took the lead when Katie O’Leary received the ball on the edge of the area and curled her strike into the bottom corner to open the scoring.

United came again though through Allen who worked space for herself on the edge of the area and tried to replicate O’Leary’s strike with her own curling effort. This time however, the ball went on the wrong side of the post and behind.

Just as United were beginning to find their way into the game Watford doubled their lead moments before half time when Adekite Fatuga-Dada made it 2-0 with a smart finish inside the area to give the U’s plenty of work to do going into the interval.

Seven minutes into the second half, Watford grabbed their third when more tricky footwork from Fatuga-Dada saw the midfielder square the ball unselfishly to Leanne Bell who tapped in from close range.

In a frantic start to the second period United hit back minutes later through Allen; the forward finished well against the Watford goalkeeper but United were undone again with one of the unlikeliest goals the side are likely to see this season direct from the resulting kick off. After regrouping from Allen’s strike, Emma Beckett elected to shoot from kick off for the Hornets, seeing her effort sail beyond Watson and into the net for the hosts’ fourth.

United regained their composure and were better from there on in, with Allen doing all she could to get the U's back in the game. She grabbed her second of the match on 63 with another well taken strike as United pushed to salvage something from the game. 

Allen continued to cause problems for the Hornets but as United pressed their opponents, Watford came forward and won a free kick 25 yards out. Beckett’s strike cannoned off the crossbar and fell kindly for Fatuga-Dada who headed in her second of the afternoon

Watford took their chances where United didn’t and that was the difference on the afternoon.United Women now have three home games on the bounce at Court Place Farm, starting on Tuesday with a home fixture against Hounslow (19.45) and a chance to get back to winning ways in the Women’s National League.

UNITED: Watson, Clifford, Beaver, Sims, Searle, Hines, Haynes, Williams, Johns, Timms, Allen

SUBS: Sercombe, Lancaster, Baker, Kirby, Hayes

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