Oxted Women are back in action

With no games in December due to the weather and being out of the cup competitions, our January matches couldn’t come soon enough. The ladies were eager to get back out onto the pitch and get 2024 off to a good start. 

January 14th saw us play Reigate Ladies away, who we had previously beaten 3-0 in the cup: we knew they would be looking for revenge. We started the game well, dominating possession and moving the ball well around the pitch. After 20 minutes, Kayleigh Stenning went on a run down the right wing and won a free kick just outside the box. Kay stepped up to take it and, after a fumble by the Reigate keeper, the ball made its way into the back of the net, giving us a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Kay grabbed a second goal, assisted by Codie Roy. We continued to dominate the game throughout the remainder of the first half and went in 2-0 up at half-time.

After a couple of substitutions, the ladies were still raring to go, coming out strong again and giving Kay her hattrick just four minutes into the second half. Reigate got a goal back a few minutes later, making it 3-1, which is how it stayed until the end. Our goalkeeper Lucy Manning was voted Player of the Match by her teammates after making some great saves and putting herself on the line for her team. 

Oxted Womens FC vs Reigate on 14 Jan. Credit: Becca Giannini
Oxted Womens FC vs Reigate on 14 Jan. Credit: Becca Giannini

The final weekend in January was our first home game of 2024, and we played Old Tiffinians, who proved to be tough opposition. We began the game a little off the pace and were caught out after only nine minutes by a well-worked goal from Old Tiffinians. We took this as a wake-up call and got our heads in the game. Chloe Robertson scored a screamer of an equaliser from 25 yards out, assisted by Kay in the 16th minute. 

However, our joy was quickly shut down again when Tiffs lobbed our goalkeeper, taking it to 2-1 in the 22nd minute. Keeping our composure, we then kept the score 2-1 for the rest of the half.

During the break, we made a couple of substitutions and a slight formation change to limit being overrun in the midfield, which paid off. During the second half we had the majority of possession and were creating some good opportunities to break forward. Five minutes into the second half, Leah Halpin made a weaving run inside from the left wing and won a free kick just on the edge of the box. Paige Bradley shot a rocket into the far corner of the goal, way out of the keeper’s reach, bringing us back even at 2-2.

For the rest of the game we worked well as a team, creating some great opportunities to break forward and threaten their back line but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. However, we defended well, making it difficult for Old Tiffinians to get any chances and the game finished in a 2-2 draw. We were unlucky not to nick all three points in the end but a draw against a strong Old Tiffinians side is a good result. Chloe was voted POTM by her teammates for her tireless performance and great goal. 

We have three more league games to look forward to in February and are hoping to keep our undefeated run going. 

Both of our fantastic goals from the Old Tiffinian’s game can be seen on our Instagram, where you’ll also find our regular updates. 

Read other Oxted Womens FC updates here.

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