LIAM Gilbert says the sky is the limit for his side as Oxford United begin their new campaign tomorrow.

The U’s take on Crawley Wasps at Court Place Farm (2) in the FA Women’s National League Cup.

It is a delayed start for United after their Southern Premier Division opener against Keynsham Town was postponed last weekend.

But they head into the tie in a confident mood on the back of an unbeaten pre-season.

And manager Gilbert is hoping his side can take their form into the new campaign.

“It’s been a really good pre-season for the girls,” he said.

“Obviously the results don’t mean anything just yet, but the fact is we’ve got that mentality to win games and we’ve had good performances.

“There’s definitely lots of positives to take.”

Gilbert added: “I’ve said to the girls that I think we’ve got a real special group and I think the sky is the limit.

“Whatever we set ourselves to I think we can achieve, but it’s about working week after week and game after game to make sure we work towards that.

“We had a slow start last season but we know the league, we’ve got better foundations and I think we’ve strengthened all over the place and I’m really excited with what we can do.”

United have added seven new faces over the summer.

Gilbert has bolstered his side with the signings of Kayleigh Hines, Aimee Watson, Ellie Kirby, Georgia Clifford, Daisy McLachlan, Brogan Moore and Carly Johns.

Hines returns to the club she left for Reading in 2015 and, after spending 16 months out through injury, is looking forward to hitting the ground running.

She said: “It’s never pleasant spending so long out of the game.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to come into a good group of players who have had a good pre-season, get some minutes, and hopefully I’ll be able to contribute to a good team.”