Oxford United Women have a fantastic opportunity to show what they can do when they welcome Manchester City to Court Place Farm in the Continental Cup on Thursday.
Man City’s side is packed with internationals including England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, England Captain Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Nikita Parris and with United doing well in the WSL2 it sets up what should be a great cup tie.
“Dare I say it we have started better than we dared to hope after the Spring Series where we only got two points” Manager Andy Cook told iFollow. “The hard work behind the scenes has been phenomenal to bring in new players and get off to a good start in the WSL and so far we have picked up seven points and are in a good position to kick on even more.
“We had a good group of players already and have kept the core of the group while adding quality to it. The players we have brought in have been excellent and they are helping the younger players to develop with every single training session and game. Hopefuly over the season we can keep this run going and keep developing.”
Andy knows his young side face a huge challenge against City on Thursday:
“Man City are a quality side” he said. “I went and saw them in The FA Cup Final and they were brilliant that day. We know what we are up against but that’s why we get into sport. I’m really looking forward to pitting my wits against them. That’s the level we want to get to; that’s the dream. It’s a David and Goliath game and we hope people come and see it not just from Oxford but from the whole county and from places even further afield.
“Come and see Man City but also come and see Oxford United and see what we are all about. I’d love for people to come along and enjoy it with us. If we could get 1,000 people in to Court Place Farm it would be a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a chance to really see what Women;s football is all about.”
Tickets are on sale from oufctickets priced £5 adults (on the night £6) and just £1 for Oxford United Season Ticket holders on the night.