Oxford United women look to girl power

8:00am Thursday 15th May 2014

Oxford United women’s manager Les Taylor plans to give youth a chance as his side take on FA Women’s Super League 1 leaders Notts County in the Continetal Cup at Abingdon United tonight (7.45), writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

Winger Katie Stanley is out with a back injury and Taylor could hand opportunities to 16-year-olds Ella Franklin-Fraiture and Chloe Bruce for the Group 3 clash.

It’s Oxford’s second game in the competition, having lost their opener 9-2 at Bristol Academy Taylor said: “We’ve got three or four of the under 17s who’ve done particularly well in their own age group.

“They’ve played in the development games and they’re knocking on the door of the first team. I’m sure one or two of those will be involved.”

And Taylor admits it will be a big test for his players against a Notts County side boasting England internationals such as Ellen White and Rachel Unitt.

He added: “When you go into games like this we’ve got nothing to lose, because on paper we should lose.

“If we get any sort of result against Notts County that will be a massive plus for the team and the players.”

TONIGHT'S SQUAD

Oxford Utd: from Cox, Mobbs, Hines, Osborne-Ricketts, Chivers, Stanley, Allison, Caswell, Pickett, Pinker, Low, King, Nutman, Connor-Iommi, Lane, Lambourne, Lowder, Franklin-Fraiture, Bruce.

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