A surprise visit from Arsenal Ladies legend Alex Scott still wasn’t enough to stop Tower Hill U13 Vixens from exiting the 2017 FA People’s Cup.
The five-a-side football team managed to get to the quarterfinal stage of the competition, but lost three of their four matches in Reading, resulting in their elimination.
Facing tough opposition, the girls took on Oxford City U14s and Thatcham U14s who are both top of their respective leagues in their group, where they finished bottom with just one point.
Playing each team twice, Witney-based Tower Hill lost 6-1 and 5-2 to City before going down 5-1 to Thatcham.
Their only point in the quarter finals was against the West Berkshire side, where it finished 3-3.
Manager Paul Riley said: “I decided to enter the FA People’s Cup because it looked great fun.
“I thought the team would do well following the success they had by winning the Oxfordshire FA U14 futsal tournament this year and representing Oxfordshire FA in the regional futsal finals.
“The confidence the team gained from this, particularly beating older teams, made me think they would relish the experience of playing in the FA People’s Cup.”
Isabella Riley, who plays for Tower Hill, said: “The players remember the advice from Alex Scott and we got stronger throughout the competition.”
Teammate Sophie Harris added: “It was great meeting Alex Scott and this experience has made me more determined to become a professional footballer.”
The semi-finals will take place from March 24 to March 26 with the finals on April 30 and May 1.