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The 2012-13 season was a great season overall for Oxford United and arguably the most successful campaign in the club's history so far.
After losing 4-1 away to Keynsham Town in the first game of the season, they got a rude awakening and realised they would need to step it up if they wanted to get anything out of the season.
Following a solid 6-1 win over Keynsham in the FA Women's Cup, they were then drawn against Premier League giants Charlton Athetic. A great team performance and a well struck free kick by Tash Caswell put Oxford into the Fourth Round. They continued to keep up their winning streak in the league and also booked a place in the Oxfordshire Women's Cup Final after beating Carterton Town 13-0.
The biggest game of the season so far followed a week later at the Kassam Stadium against Newcastle United. 700+ spectators watched as United caused another upset in the FA Cup after goals from Katie Stanley and Tash Caswell secured the victory. They were not disappointed in the Fifth Round draw and were gifted a home fixture against Everton, which would again be played at the Kassam Stadium. Although they started off well and had some good spells of possession, Everton showed why they are in the women's top flight. The final scored ended 7-0 to the Super League side, however the day for the club as a whole was a massive step in the right direction and a sign of a bright future for OULFC.
A decisive league fixture against Keynsham followed a few weeks later and after a last minute goal from top goalscorer Lauren Allison, went top going into the last game of the season. With a weekend off, Oxford were then crowned league champions when rvials Keynsham lost at Plymouth.
Overall it has been a great season for manager Richard Blackmore and his players and staff through pure determination and hard work. Although it was the team's performance as a whole which achieved the success there were a few players which stood out during the campaign, notably striker Lauren Allison who netted 48 goals in total and captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, who led by example from the back.
Another great achievement for the club came near the end of the season, when Oxford United were given a licence for Division 2 of the Women's Super League which means as of next season they will be playing in the top flight of women's football.
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