Weston-super-Mare vs. Oxford City - Woodspring Stadium - 3pm
Oxford City vs Wealdstone - Marsh Lane - 3pm
A busy first month of the season comes to a conclusion this weekend in the shape of a Bank Holiday double header, Oxford City coming up against Weston-super-Mare on the west coast on Saturday before hosting Wealdstone on Monday, both 3pm kick-offs.
City have contrasting records against their two opponents, the three seasons that the Hoops have been in the National League have seen City fall to defeat in all three matches played against Weston at the Woodspring Stadium, however have won two of the three matches at Marsh Lane against Wealdstone.
Oxford City have recovered from a poor start to the season over the last couple of weeks, picking up two wins in their last two matches that has propelled them up to 11th in the table, having picked up just a single point in their opening three matches. The two successes came against Torquay United, a 1-0 win thanks to Rob Sinclair’s goal, and St Albans City as Matt Paterson and Reece Fleet strikes saw City to a 2-1 victory.
Saturday’s opponents haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the season, picking up just a single point in their opening five matches. That point came in their first home match, a 1-1 draw against Truro City. Their remaining four fixtures have been extremely tough ones as they have fallen to defeat against Billericay Town (4-1), Slough Town (2-1), St Albans City (3-2) and our Monday opponents Wealdstone (4-1).
The Stones meanwhile have had an excellent start to the season. Along with their win against Weston-super-Mare mentioned above, they have picked up wins against Dartford (3-0) and Woking (1-0), a draw against Hungerford Town (1-1) and a defeat against league favourites Billericay (1-0).
The Wealdstone squad will contain a number of familiar faces to the Hoops faithful on Monday. Three of last season’s squad are now plying their trade in Ruislip. Last season’s Players’ Player of the Season Godfrey Poku, along with Freddie Grant and Connor Stevens will return, along with Bradley Bubb and Jonathan North. We welcome them all back to Marsh Lane this afternoon.
Mark Jones started off by providing an injury update:
“With Josh Ashby, we are hoping its not too serious with his knee, but given his previous history with his knee operation, we’ve got to be careful and hope to have it scanned in the next couple of days and see if there is any internal damage there. Unfortunately for now, he will be out for the weekend games.
Rob Sinclair unfortunately tore his hamstring in the last few minutes against St Albans and it looks like he’ll be out for between four to six weeks. It’s a big blow to lose Rob, but we have to get on with it as injuries do happen in football, and its an opportunity for others to come in and show what they can do.
Arti Krasniqi will also be unavailable for this weekend’s games. He picked up a groin injury in last weekend’s game.
It wasn’t a good weekend for us last weekend in terms of us picking up injuries!"
The City boss was also delighted to welcome Carl Stewart to the club this evening: Click Here
Following this, Mark Jones spoke about the importance of this coming weekend:
"Last weekend’s result was good. It is very encouraging heading into this weekend’s games. We’re looking forward to the games.
Although Weston haven’t had a fantastic start to the season, we’ve got every respect for them. They are actually a very good side, one of the best footballing sides in the division, I’ve watched a couple of their games online and they’ve been unlucky in their games, and we’re certainly not going down there expecting an easy win. We’ve got to go there and give absolutely everything to get the three points, and its going to be a very tough game down there.
Our record in recent years hasn’t been fantastic down there either so we know we’re going to have to be at our very best.
After that game, we can start to think about Wealdstone, and the challenges they are going to present to us.
Two good games for us to look forward to at the weekend, and we want to try and keep the momentum going from our previous two games, I’ve been very encouraged by our work rate on and off the ball, and we are certainly going to need to keep that up in the coming games and months."
Updated 22:35 - 23 Aug 2018 by Oxford City FC