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A good test for us - Holly
 Women's Football News 9 Dec 2011
 
A good test for us - Holly - 9 Dec 2011 - Women's Football NewsHolly Pickett is quietly confident her team can get a good result when Oxford Utd take on Cambridge Women in the F.A.Women's Cup this weekend. 
 
The Southern Region League title chasers have a chance to take on Combination standard opposition on Sunday and the 19-year-old winger told Women's Soccer Scene they are looking forward to the challenge. "We want to be playing Combination football on a week in week out basis and believe we can," said Holly. "We know it will be tough going, away from home to a good side, so this will be a good test for us and I hope we can get the result we want.
 
"Last season we were successful in the cups and missed promotion by a point, this has given the team the confidence and drive we need to do well. Playing teams in higher leagues can only make us even more determined to do well this year."
 
As well as Holly herself, Oxford's squad also includes the likes of talented youngsters Ellie Roberts, Nell Boxall and defender Amy Chivers amongst others. They have strengthened their squad since the end of last season, including the notable signings of Catherine Beaver, formerly of Manchester Utd and Curzon Ashton, and Natasha Caswell from Reading. "All the new players have improved the squad massively," Holly reveals. "We have turned from a young side to a confident one that can play well in big games.
 
"Natasha brings depth to the squad and having an experienced player brings confidence within the team and when things are difficult, we can look to her for leadership."
 
As well as averaging nearly six goals per game this season, Oxford have only conceded two goals in the league so far and Holly insists that this is a big part of their success. "We have been strong as a unit this year and having new centre backs and goalkeeper has strengthened the squad further, with Catherine Beaver leading from the back," she says. "Our defensive record this year is proving to be key for our goal of achieving promotion and also for the F.A.Cup, as we know we could get anyone in the next round."
 
It is proving to be a good year for the Southern Region League in the F.A.Women's Cup with Bracknell Town and Shanklin also having good Cup runs, and Holly believes this is no coincidence. "This year all the teams have stepped up and are fighting for promotion," she admits. "This game gives us a break from the league and a chance to express our qualities and progress in the Cup, with the added chance of playing clubs in higher leagues in the country."
 
So what would a good Cup run mean for Oxford, if they can make it through? "It's important for any club to do well in a cup but the F.A.Cup is special to everyone," replies Holly. "This will give the club a huge boost and give us a comparison to the big clubs around the country. It will be a good chance for the ladies side and ladies football in general to be in the limelight."

 
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