KO 19:45
Thu 23 April 2015
Farnborough FC

Royals take on Oxford Utd at Rushmoor Community Stadium looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat.

Oxford captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts says Reading’s surprise home defeat to Yeovil at the weekend has given her team renewed hope of stopping the free-scoring Royals on Thursday.

Reading had scored 13 goals in their opening three FA WSL 2 fixtures – England striker Fran Kirby notching ten of them.

Kirby struck again on Saturday night to bring her team back level to 2-2 with Yeovil, but Reading conceded twice in the final seven minutes to fall to their first defeat of the season.

But while the Royals remain firmly in the hunt for promotion in the upper echelons of the WSL 2 table, Oxford are in eighth place with three defeats having followed their opening-day win over Watford.

But, rather than write off the midweek trip to Farnborough, Osborne-Ricketts believes Oxford can become the latest team to turn the table on its head.

“We’ve got to look to get something from the game,” said the 24-year-old centre-back.

“You cannot go into a game thinking you are going to be beaten from the start. We will have a game plan and if we can execute it then you never know. People might just think that if you stop Fran Kirby then you stop Reading, but they have got quality all around the pitch. Fran isn’t the only one that has scored goals this season, so there is plenty of danger there.”

“But we have got a lot of pace up front, so if we can get the ball out to the wide players and utilise that pace then we can trouble anyone.”

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