Women travel to Aston Villa in their final Continental Cup game of the season
United play their last Continental Cup match of the season this weekend as they travel to Aston Villa. Both sides are looking to pick up their first points in the competition, though neither can qualify from Group 3. Nevertheless, manager Les Taylor says the U’s will be looking to go out on a high.
“We’ll use this game to get ready for the Watford home game, but you’d still like to look at the team and build on the good performances over the last few weeks,” he said.
“Even though it’s the Continental Cup we always want to get a win, the girls are playing really well and confidence is high.
“If you look at Division 2 of the WSL, apart from the top two, there’s not a great deal of difference between all the other teams and if you look at Villa I think they’re maybe a point ahead of us. We want to go there and get a result.”
Striker Helen King feels the match is important to put the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Yeovil behind them and to ensure United return to league action in a positive frame of mind.
She said: “Obviously we were very disappointed with the result last week and we’re looking to put things right. We definitely don’t want to finish on zero points for the Continental Cup. Obviously we can’t qualify now for the next round, but there’s points and pride at stake. We’ve still got to play Aston Villa twice in the league so we want to put a marker down for next time we come up against them.”
Oxford could be without captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, who picked up a hamstring injury at Birmingham City last week, as well as striker Lauren Allison. Both players will have their fitness assessed before the match.
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