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PREVIEW │ Oxford United v Chichester City

By Hayley Newman

Leaders travel to U’s looking to extend lead at the top

February is the month for travelling for Aaron Smith’s Chichester City side and following last Sunday’s postponement in the Midlands the first trip is to Oxford.

Sunday, February 10th Chi will travel to Oxfordshire in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier where sixth placed Oxford United at the next opponents.

With Coventry United in National League Cup action Chi can take advantage to move further ahead of their title rivals and put more valuable points on the board.

The last (and only) meeting between Oxford and Chi came on the opening day of the season following the U’s drop to the Third Tier after the summer shake-up of the women’s game.

A Sara Tubby header and a stunning Molly Clark free-kick sealed the win with Ellie Noble’s 80th minute goal acting only as a consolation in the end.

Five of Chi’s summer signings made their competitive home debuts on the day and the team would go on a five game unbeaten run seeing them rise to the top of the league.

In a season of readjustment for United they have adapted to life well and are currently mid table and the goals have been shared around the team for Sunday’s hosts.

Florence Fyfe leads the way on seven, while Noble has netted six times and Emily Allen has pitched in with five.

Heading into the game both teams come off the back of high scoring games.

Oxford were 7-1 winners against league strugglers Queens Park Rangers, Allen the hat-trick hero on the day.

Chi themselves saw out a 5-2 win over Milton Keynes Dons at home after being a goal behind from an early Dons penalty.

M.Clark, Lauren Cheshire, Rebecca Barron and Tubby (x2) made sure it was comfortable for the Green Army taking hold of the game.

There is unlikely to be any worries of weather postponements – unless Elsa turns up – as Oxford play their home games at Oxford City’s Court Place Farm which has an 3G pitch surface.

Kick-off is a normal 2pm and if you are unable to make the 206 mile round journey we will have coverage of the game across our social media channels.

Like us on Facebook for team news, the score at half-time and full-time. Follow us on Twitter for the full live text commentary and getting following us on Instagram for behind the scenes images of the match preparation and photos from the match.

Search for Chichester City Ladies FC or @ChiCityLadiesFC across social media and then wrap it up with the match report on our website plus reaction on YouTube.

Where next?

Smith | Whatever happens we have a big few days ahead of us and we are ready Aaron Smith talks about the business end of the season and tomorrow's game against Oxford United.
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