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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Abingdon United were handed a bye through to the First Round Qualifying after opponents Woodley United had been unable to raise a side on the day. This means that they will now be up against Oxford City this week, therefore several members of the Abingdon squad will be facing their former squad.
Oxford City have been one of the most successful women's teams in the region, having won the Oxfordshire County Women's Cup a record nine times and competed as high as the Women's Combination (now National League). The club is quickly becoming one of the leading women's structures within the South East, working in tandem with their reserves (Nomads) and Under-18 Development side, the club can offer football for various ages and abilities.
Oxford City have been members of the Southern Region League Premier Division since 2011 and, after initially struggling for the first three seasons, have emerged as one of the top sides in the league and are probably the unluckiest team to be playing at Regional League level right now.
This is because in each of the last four seasons, City have finished as Premier Division runners-up on each occasion, coming closest in 2015-16 when Basingstoke Town pipped them to the title by two points. There has been some comfort in the cup competitions though, again in 2016 when they won the League Cup, beating Southampton Women 1-0 in the Final with a late penalty from April England. The following year, the two teams reached the Final once again with Southampton taking revenge this time, whilst last season, after coming up against Champions Chesham Utd in an early round, they went into the Chairman's Cup and lifted that instead after a 3-2 win in the Final against Winchester City Flyers.
The team is managed by Waheed Ramzan, who took over the role back in December, with Filipe Melo as his assistant and Spencer Garrett as Management Support. Striker Lauren May scored an impressive 44 times last season, and otherkey players within the squad include the likes of Nicole Miles, Lindsay Pinker and Maisie Hastings.
The match takes place at Abingdon's Northcourt Road ground (2pm) and a really good match is in prospect.
Abingdon Utd (from):
Sophie Kirby, Steph Carrick, Marisa Chamberlain, Charlotte Deeley, Beth Dunbabin, Sophie Grimson, Tee Koudoua, Kelly Talbot, Nell Boxall, Amy Chivers, Sarah Harrison, Abbie Smith, Jane Younger, Heather Young, Molly Lygo, Beth Hawtin, Kiera Isaac, Amy Pipe, Katie Totton, Emily Murphy, Agnes Laczkovszki.
Oxford City (from):
Nat Morris, Evie Brown, Becci Bostock, Chloe Duckett, Maisie Hastings, Emma Collins, Rachael Mariam, Isabel Hughes, Lindsay Pinker, Tina Higgs, Tizzy Russell-Cartwright, Nicole Miles, Edie Stilwell-Garrett, Mary Maguire, Leah McConnell, Jess Doyle, April England, Danielle Anderson, Elisha Cox, Mollie Avery, Emily Green, Lauren May.
* Our other Road to the Final tie between AFC Telford Utd and Kidderminster Harriers was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and the two teams will play this Sunday.
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