Oxford United Women kick off the 2020/21 Women’s National League campaign this Sunday (14:00 KO) at Gillingham.
Manager Liam Gilbert said:
“Gillingham will be a good test. They’ll be a good team; they always are physical and well organised. Six months has been a long time since our last game, but we will be ready to go next weekend.”
“I think we have looked really sharp and Dean [Tetley] who has been brought in to help with physical performance has done a great job. The programmes and plans that he has given to the girls, they have done well with.”
Sunday’s game is open to a maximum of 75 Oxford fans at the Rochester United Sports Ground (ME2 3TU). Ticket prices are: Adults £5, Under-18’s £2, Under 11’s FREE - Please note that no change will be given due to COVID-19 regulations.
Supporters can also follow our social media channels to keep up to date with all the news on matchday - including pre-match team news, in-game updates and post-match interviews. You can find our Twitter and Instagram handles @OfficialOUWFC, as well as Facebook @OxfordUnitedWomen.
PRE-SEASON FORM GUIDE
Oxford - W: 3 D: 1 L: 1
United started pre-season in fine form, beginning with an 8-1 win versus Dulwich Hamlet. Following that, The U’s travelled to Wolves to record an eventful 6-6 draw, before returning to action the following weekend where a Cheryl Williams penalty guided them to a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. The penultimate pre-season fixture finished 2-1 to United against Southampton, before Oxford rounded off pre-season with a 1-0 loss to Wimbledon.
Gillingham- W: 2 D: 1 L: 0
Our opponents’ first game of pre-season began with a 3-0 win over Aylesford Ladies, manager Josh Oatham’s side then facing Enfield Town Ladies and winning 2-1. Gillingham, like Oxford, have also faced Wimbledon in pre-season, with The Gills recording a 1-1 draw.
Gillingham’s One to Watch: Maddie Farrand
Originally from Canada, Farrand scored four league goals in 12 appearances during last season. The striker signed on for the 2020/21 campaign this week with The Gills, with manager Josh Oatham retaining Farrand who has also spent time playing for Chelsea at youth level.