Oxted Womens FC – November update

Our last game of October was due to be against Reigate, but a waterlogged pitch caused it to be postponed until later in the season.

5 November was a second round League Cup fixture vs Sutton United Reserves. Sutton play a league above us so we knew this would be a difficult match: they came out strong and scored two goals in 22 minutes. We started off slowly and made a couple of mistakes which Sutton punished us for. We kept the score at 2-0 until half-time, and a few substitutions and changes to our formation gave us more stability in the second half. However, Sutton managed to get two more past us and the game finished 4-0, knocking us out of the cup. Player of the Match (POTM) was awarded to Codie Roy, who gave 100% in central midfield throughout the game. Although we lost this one, it gave us plenty of things to work on in training and saw us come back stronger the following week.

On Remembrance Sunday, we were back at home in a league fixture vs Cranleigh, which began with a minute’s silence. We started the game well, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes. After this Cranleigh settled down and made things more difficult for us, keeping the score at 2-0 until the 43rd minute, when we scored a third. Now up and running, we scored again at 45 minutes, and another at 45+2 minutes, taking us into half-time at 5-0. We made a few substitutions at half time and, with our confidence growing, came out strong again in the second half, scoring another three goals in the first five minutes. We played some great football throughout the game, keeping the ball well and taking our chances when they came.

The game finished with a huge 16-0 win for us. Six of those goals were scored by Paige Bradley, four of them from outside the box. Chloe Robertson took three, Kayleigh Stenning, Becky Bays and Kat Brown got two each and one came from Danielle White. However, POTM was given to Ashley Collier, proving that football isn’t just about scoring goals but also about working hard for your team to win back possession, giving it your all for the whole game and creating opportunities for others. Ashley also got two assists in this 16-goal thriller.

19 November was another second round fixture, but this time in the Surrey County Cup, vs Holmesdale Keets. The result was another hard blow but again, will only see us improve. Keets began the game strong and won themselves a penalty in the first three minutes, giving them the front foot and confidence.

They took their chances when they came and by the break we were losing 4-0. We made tactical and formational changes to put Keets under more pressure in the second half: we created more chances but just couldn’t get them in the net. The game finished 6-0. Out of another cup, but it gives us the chance to focus fully on our league campaign.

November has been tough. I am writing this before the final weekend of the month, but we are hoping to end on a high vs Sutton Development on the 26th and get back to winning ways in December.

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