Oxford United Women kept up their amazing run of form with a 2-1 win at London Bees moving them up to within two points of the leaders in the Women’s National League.
Goals from top scorer Beth Lumsden and Daisy McLachlan made it nine wins in a row for the U’s who are hot on the heels of leaders Ipswich in what looks to be a three way race for the title with Southampton also chasing hard
On a blustery afternoon at The Hive United got off to a perfect start when Lumsden drove the ball home to make it 1-0 after just three minutes.
However, the lead lasted just 10 minutes before Dani Puddefoot made it 1-1 after United failed to clear a corner.
United created chances but couldn’t find a way through in the first half but just after the hour winger McLachlan headed home a corner to make it 2-1 and United saw the game out for an excellent win on the road.
“Credit to both teams” Manager Liam Gilbert told us. “It was cold, there was rain, a strong wind and it was really hard work but we got the job done and we are going really well at the minute.We lost in the League Cup last week and we asked for a reaction because we want to win every game, no matter what the conditions. I thought the team showed fantastic character out there today and the attitude was spot on.”
The U’s are on the road again in their next game when they travel to Hounslow on Wednesday (7.45pm)
Kite, French, Casley, Beaver, McKenzie, Haynes, Stevens, Lumsden (Baker 60), Johns (King 85), McLachlan, Williams
Report by Chris Williams, pictures Darrell Fisher