Oxford United Women return to Southern Premier Division action at home to Watford FC Women this weekend and will be bolstered by the arrival of two exciting young forwards.
Oana Negrea, a Romanian international, joins the club from Fulham FC Women for the season while Lacy-Jai Liggett joins the Yellows from fellow Southern Premier Division side Cheltenham Town Ladies.
Liggett has played against Oxford already this campaign:
“I’m buzzing, when I played Oxford it was a really good challenge” she said. “The girls and the way they bond together is amazing, there’s such a strong group out there,”
22-year-old Oana was also delighted to be joining the U’s.
“I’m very happy, it’s a great opportunity for me and a new challenge” she said. “The team has done really well in the league and the aim is to finish as high as possible, my aim is to help achieve that.”
Oana has represented her country, Romania, at international level both throughout the youth systems and at a senior level.
“It was a great honour for me to represent my country, it was a good experience and I made my debut when I was 17 and that was a great achievement. Hopefully I will make some more appearances.”
Both will be hoping to be part of the United team that takes on one of their closest rivals, Watford, on Sunday at Court Place Farm.
Kick-off is at 2 PM and tickets are priced at Adults £6 / Concessions £3 / Under 16’s FREE.
The U’s currently sit at the top of the Southern Premier Division with 13 points after a hard-earned victory over AFC Bournemouth in the FAWNL Cup in a game that went all the way to penalties.
Watford have won consecutive games 6-0, against Cheltenham Town Ladies in the League and Norwich FC Ladies in the Cup. The Hornets were relegated from the Championship last season and sit four points behind the Yellows in fourth place, having played one less game and only lost once.
Manager Liam Gilbert knows just how good the visitors are
“Watford have always been a very good team. They were promoted two seasons ago so we’ve played them quite a few times and know what they’re about. They’ve retained a lot of players from last year and signed good players as well.”
“They’ll still be growing as a group the same way that we are, and we’ll be expecting a tough challenge. I think that’s what every game in this league is bringing at the moment and it will do for the rest of the season. We know we’ll need to be at our best if we are going to get a result.”
There’s always a warm welcome at Court Place Farm so come along and support the U’s.