Watford Ladies 3-2 Oxford United Women: Lady Hornets complete stunning comeback

The Golden Girls came from two-goals down to record a 3-2 win over Oxford United.

Watford Ladies 3-2 Oxford United Women: Lady Hornets complete stunning comeback
The Lady Hornets produced a stunning comeback to win 3-2 (Photo: Getty Images)
Watford Ladies
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Oxford United Women
Watford Ladies: Gillette, Pepper, Osborne-Ricketts, Baxter, Tullett, Mason, Nutall, Ferrandi (Samuels, 87 min), Read (Kerr, 79 min), Littleboy, Davy
Oxford United Women: Cox, Frampton, Casley, Lane, Umotong, Allison, Franklin-Fracture, Pickett, Nichol, Rafferty, Lee
SCORE: 0-1, 14 min, Umotong. 0-2, 20 min, Franklin-Fraiture. 1-2, 45 min, Davy. 2-2, 48 min, Ferrandi. 3-2, 56 min, Davy.
INCIDENTS: Attendance: 309

Watford Ladies produced a stunning comeback from two-goals down as they managed to secure a 3-2 victory over Oxford United Women at Berkhamsted.

The visitors found themselves in dreamland when they were two-goals to the good after 20 minutes thanks to Ella Franklin-Fraiture and Ini Umotong.

Just before the half-time break, the Lady Hornets managed to reduce the deficit when Anne-Laure Davy netted her first goal for the club.

No sooner had Watford levelled through Giulia Ferrandi, but the comeback was completed on 56 minutes when Davy headed home for her second of the game.

The Golden Girls held on for back-to-back home wins and they are now level on points with Oxford and Millwall Lionesses in the Women’s Super League 2 table.

Franklin-Fraiture handed Oxford the lead (Photo: Getty Images)
Franklin-Fraiture handed Oxford the lead (Photo: Getty Images)

Lady Hornets two-down inside 20 minutes

Watford made three changes to the side that lost to Yeovil Town in the last game, but it was their opponents who managed to find the breakthrough early.

After a fairly even start to the game, Oxford took the lead after a neat pass found Franklin-Fraiture, who composed herself and lobbed over the approaching Lucy Gillett.

However, that goal saw the momentum swing in favour of the visitors and they managed to double their lead soon after, which stunned the Lady Hornets.

Umotong picked up the ball ahead of the defender, showing good pace, and she made the finish look simple, curling past the helpless keeper.

Watford strike back before half-time

The U’s seemed to be content to go in at the break two goals to the good, but the hosts had other ideas and they pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time.

Davy managed to get ahead of her marker in the box and smash home past keeper Hannah Cox to give Watford a bit of an uplift going into the break.

That goal swung the momentum in favour of the hosts and they pulled the game back level just three minutes after the restart.

Ferrandi broke through and beat the offside trap, and she made the most of the chance, finding the net to bring her side on the brink of a stunning comeback.

Watford's comeback was complete when Davy headed home (Photo: Getty Images)
Watford's comeback was complete when Davy headed home (Photo: Getty Images)

Comeback complete before hour mark

Watford continued to press and search for the goal, which would put them ahead for the first time in the game.

Oxford looked shaky and were on the back foot, and the Lady Hornets made them pay as they managed to spark jubilant scenes.

Ellie Mason swung in a brilliant corner and Davy’s header was even better, as she powerfully nodded the ball home for her second of the game, and for the club.

Minutes later Umotong had a chance to level the game back up, but she sent her shot agonisingly wide of the post.

Chances were few and far between after that and the Lady Hornets managed to hold on for the crucial three points against a strong Oxford side.