FIFTH host fourth on Sunday as Oxford United Women take on fellow high-fliers Bridgwater United.

The U’s know a win at Court Place Farm would see them leapfrog their opponents, who are one point above them in FA Women’s National League Southern Premier.

But Bridgwater are unbeaten in their opening five games of the season and manager Liam Gilbert expects a difficult afternoon.

He told United’s official website: “It’s still very early to be studying the league table too closely.

“There is a long way to go but Bridgwater are clearly a good team and it’s going to be a tough game for us.

“We have started the season strongly and the squad has settled down nicely.

“We are going to be without Kayleigh Hines for a while and I said after her injury that we would be looking for people to step up and take their chance in the team.

“That has already happened and we are in good form, so it should be a really good game of football.”

Rachel Panting could make her league debut, having joined from Southampton a fortnight ago.

United have not played in Southern Premier since September 5, when they won 5-0 at Plymouth Argyle.

Meanwhile, the U’s have moved the kick-off for their League Cup preliminary round tie with Swindon Town.

The game at Court Place Farm will take place at midday on Sunday, October 10, so fans can also attend the Micky Lewis memorial match at the Kassam Stadium at 3pm.

Gilbert said: “Micky was a tremendous supporter of our women’s football programme and worked alongside a number of people.”