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Battersea await tough Oxford examination
 Women's Football News 9 Nov 2012
Battersea Ironsides are having a good season to date in the London & South East League but this Sunday, they face their biggest test so far when they take on Oxford Utd in the Third Round Qualifying of the F.A.Women's Cup. 
The Division One (London) leaders have competed very well in their first season after winning the Greater London League Division One (South) title and in their Cup run so far, they have managed to get past Regents Park Rangers on penalties and Ashford (5-3) in the last round but now they will be taking a step up against the South West Combination high fliers.
"This is our first ever foray into the F.A.Women's Cup, and our aim was to try to reach the First Round Proper," secretary Michael 'Grub' Smith told Women's Soccer Scene.
"We were therefore a bit disappointed to draw Oxford United, as they have a fabulous record - they play two levels above us, are top of their division and, I think, have only lost twice in their last 30 games. We will need to perform a giant killing but unfortunately for us, they are Goliath's bigger, tougher brother.
"I had a glance through their website, and it didn't make cheerful reading. One of their players lists her most memorable moment in football as 'scoring for England on my debut.' They also have a special dome to train under in bad weather. We just have Churchill's pub in Battersea, where we stare gloomily at the rain while we sip our pints of lager. They also asked us for "programme notes", which shows how professional and well run they are.
"All the same, we will approach the game in a cheerful spirit. We were champions of the Greater London WFL last season and we have a decent record in the London & South East League so far in 2012-13 - played five, won four. While victory is unlikely, we will be determined to do our best for the pride of our area of South London. It will also be good practice for our London FA Senior Cup match against another colossus, Charlton Athletic.
"We did receive one bonus before kick off, as we were awarded the London FA Female Charter Standard Club of the Year Award this week. This is mainly for our work bringing through young players and beginners. I only hope one of them turns out to be the next Marta or Kelly Smith..."
Midfielder Tara Dyerson added: "I'm extremely proud for us to have come this far and hopefully playing against Oxford will give us some encouragement for our future at the club. As a London & South East League team we are delighted to be playing Oxford as they are two leagues above us."

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