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Yeovil Town 6 (Bleazard 21, Curson 33, Wiltshire 47,49,80, Bray 70) Oxford Utd 0
Oxford went down to a heavy 6-0 reverse at Yeovil Town, shipping four second half goals as the home side repeatedly took advantage of defensive lapses.
Helen Bleazard and Ellie Curson put Yeovil 2-0 up at the break before Sarah Wiltshire's second-half hat-trick and another from Laura Bray completed a miserable afternoon for the U's.
With captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts recovering from an ankle injury to regain her place in the side, Kat Nutman dropped to the bench. The U's started the game brightly, passing the ball well and looking threatening whenever they ventured forward.
However, they were undone on 20 minutes by a piece of individual brilliance from Sarah Wiltshire, who dodged two challenges before letting loose a ferocious shot which struck the bar. Bleazard was waiting for the rebound and before any of the United defenders could react she fired home.
The hosts made it two after 32 minutes, Wiltshire getting round the back again before crossing for Ellie Curson to prod in, the ball deflecting off the post before trickling agonisingly over the line.
United continued to look dangerous, however, with Laura Low twice getting the wrong side of the Yeovil defence after some excellent incisive passes, but was unable to finish - first being stopped by a sliding tackle from Rachael Edwards and then seeing her lofted effort just held by goalkeeper Rachel Simkin.
Things took a turn for the worse after the break as, just seconds after Laura Low again went close to reducing the deficit, Yeovil went straight up the other end and bagged a third. Wiltshire stabbed home at the second attempt after United were caught on the break.
Wiltshire struck her second of the afternoon just moments later, lobbing Demi Lambourne with an outrageous 30-yard free kick.
Yeovil then lost goalkeeper Rachel Simkin to injury as she crashed into the post trying to keep out a dangerous effort from Katie Stanley. With no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, the hosts had to put midfielder Stacey Pearson in goal, but it was Oxford's goal which was breached again soon after. Substitute Laura Bray found the space to twist and turn in the United box before firing low into the bottom corner.
There was still time for the outstanding Wiltshire to get her hat-trick, running onto a hopeful punt up the line before squeezing the ball past Lambourne at the near post.
It seemed nothing Oxford tried would go right, exemplified in the dying moments when substitute Louise Fellows shot from just outside the area, only to see her effort strike the base of the post, capping a thoroughly unpleasant afternoon of football for the U's.
Yeovil Town: Rachel Simkin (sub Katie Sherwood 70mins), Kirsty Whitton (sub Stacey Pearson 55mins), Nicola Cousins, Paige Stewart, Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Jade Radburn-Lorton, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Jemma Tewkesbury (sub Laura Bray 76mins). Subs not used: Jade Kirby, Katie Cook, Bow Jackson, Vera Bernabe Payol.
Oxford United: Demi Lamborne, Jemma Connor-Ionni, Megan Alexander, Kayleigh Hines, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Amy Chivers, Katie Stanley, Lauren Allison (sub Katherine Nutman 33mins), Gemma Simmonds (sub Holly Pickett 83mins), Helen King (sub Louise Fellows 83mins), Laura Low. Subs not used: Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Jody Marshall, Laura Nichol.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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