OXFORD United Women are hoping a run of games at home will see their season click into gear.

They host Hounslow tonight (7.45) in what is their first match at Court Place Farm in a month.

It comes after a second successive away defeat in the FA Women’s National League Premier Division South on Sunday.

Emily Allen scored twice in a 5-2 reverse at Watford, whose goals included one direct from a kick-off.

Defender Gemma Sims said: “I think with the three home games on the bounce now it will help us get back to winning ways and that’s when we are going to need the whole squad with three games this week.

“I think it will show the strength and depth we have in the squad.”

There was a delayed kick-off in the Watford game, but when play finally began the U’s looked brightest.

Cheryl Williams carved out the game’s first clear chance, but from her 17th-minute pass Georgia Timms fired wide from inside the penalty area.

Lauren Haynes just cleared the crossbar from 30 yards, but Watford hit back to open the scoring through Katie O’Leary.

Allen struck the woodwork as the U’s looked for an immediate response.

But again their good spell counted for nothing as Adekite Fatuga-Dada doubled the lead just before half-time.

Fatuga-Dada laid on the third goal for Leanne Bell seven minutes after the restart to leave United with a mountain to climb.

They were thrown a lifeline when Allen quickly pulled a goal back.

But within seconds the home side had reasserted their authority, in bizarre fashion.

Emma Beckett decided to shoot from the resulting kick-off, catching out goalkeeper Aimee Watson as it sailed into the net.

Allen grabbed her second of the game to make it 4-2 just after the hour mark.

As United pushed forward in search of a way back into the contest, they were punished.

Beckett hit the crossbar from a 25-yard free-kick, but the rebound fell for Fatuga-Dada to head in her second goal and seal victory.

Oxford Utd: Watson, Clifford, Beaver, Sims, Searle, Hines, Haynes, Williams, Johns, Timms, Allen

Subs: Sercombe, Lancaster, Baker, Kirby, Hayes.