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Cheltenham Town Ladies 2-1 Oxford United: Robinesses snap league leaders’ unbeaten streak

Cheltenham Town Ladies pulled off a stunning 2-1 win over previously unbeaten league leaders Oxford United, in their first home match since October.

Issy Newns and Laura Holden both scored in the first half to give the Robinesses a convincing lead, and they were able to hold despite Oxford halving the deficit midway through the second half.

The result cements Cheltenham’s spot in sixth place in the Women’s National League Southern Premier Division, with two games in hand over fifth-placed Billericay Town.

The Robinesses stunned Oxford in the 10th minute, as Newns skirted past a couple of defenders before curling a shot over the goalkeeper, marking the first goal the Yellows had conceded away from home all season.

After the U’s hit the crossbar later in the half, Holden doubled the hosts’ advantage with a long-range hit that flew over the goalkeeper before dipping into the net.

Iesha Swaby gave the league leaders hope in the 70th minute with a beautifully-struck half volley, but the Robins rallied and defended well to protect their lead and hold onto the win.

Speaking post-match, Robinesses head coach Tom Davies heaped praise upon his players.

“We were aggressive, we moved ball well and we were composed in the right areas,” said Davies.

“The players take full credit for that. Before the game the players spoke, and they were the ones that set their stall out and told each other what they expected of each other and that’s important because the quality in the side is fantastic.

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“We were underachieving to a degree, although we’ve had a really good season. Today was a fantastic performance and we’ve worked really well for it and we’re obviously really pleased.”

The Robins’ next match is against Watford, back at home at the Corinium Stadium on Sunday, February 12.

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