In the midst of an ongoing injury crisis, Oxford United currently have 13 first-team players, while club manager Carl Robinson has invited Beth Lumsden from the women’s team to train with the men’s team.
According to The Daily Mirror, the midfielder has been attending sessions for the past few weeks and has been highly praised by Robinson, who previously performed MK Dance.
According to Gaffer, Lumsden is “really well-adjusted”, having to endure a turbulent spell with the U’s.
In addition to the traditional injuries, League One side has many players that have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
However, such unfortunate circumstances gave Lumsden a unique opportunity to participate in the men’s team training, playing for the Oxford women’s team.
“It’s been a good experience. I’ve been doing this for about three or four weeks. There is a weekly, morning session, then a gym session and an evening training session with the women,” Lumsden told the Mirror.
“We were talking and Carl was there and he was really encouraging. He’s great. Men are so fast, it’s not so much physically but it pushes you to make decisions mentally quickly and then I take it in games.
“I’ve heard stories of women playing under 18 but I’ve never been given this opportunity before. It’s great for me personally because we’re having a great season, chasing a campaign and it helps me improve.”
Away from football, Lumsden works in an estate agent business, run by former Arsenal Ladies’ Vic Akers.
She now hopes to practice what she has learned over the past few weeks for the Oxford United WFC.
The men’s team, meanwhile, are currently No. 7 in League One and will face a big test tomorrow when they host captain Rotherham United.