Oxford United Women top of table for first time this season

Oxford United go top of FAWNL Southern Premier
Carly Johns was one of two hat-trick scorers for Oxford United. (Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Oxford United went top of the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division for the first time this season, with a 7-0 defeat of Hounslow on Tuesday evening.

The U’s took advantage of their game in hand on Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-finalists Ipswich Town to knock them off the top of the table. However, Southampton are potentially an even more serious threat, sitting ten points behind but from five games fewer and Oxford host the Saints in a crucial clash on Wednesday 9 March.

Carly Johns and Beth Lumsden bagged a brace each in the first quarter of the game, to effectively bank the points for Oxford, Emily Wallace making it 5-0 by the break with a spectacular 35-yard strike.

Lumsden and Johns completed their hat-tricks in the second half, as the in-f0rm U’s made it ten wins in a row.

Manager Liam Gilbert told oufc.co.uk: “We asked for a fast start and we got that and then we were ruthless all evening and full value for the win.

“We have to keep working towards our targets. The first aim was to try and catch the leaders, but there is still a long way to go and if anyone thinks we are going to ease up then they don’t know this group at all.

“Now we have to maintain our form and remember what our bigger aim has to be: to be in this position at the end of the season, not just at the start of March.”

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