Oxford City quickly return to action following the disappointment of their midweek result as they make the relatively short trip down the M40 to Woking. The two sides have had very contrasting starts the season; Woking picking up maximum points in both their opening encounters, however, City only earned a solitary point on the opening day against Eastbourne Borough.
It has been a while since the two clubs have been in the same league, however the sides have actually met three times in recent history, all of these coming in the FA Trophy. The first two came in the 2014/15 campaign as City took their National League opponents to a replay in the Second Round, coming from 2-0 down at Marsh Lane to earn a replay, however fell to a 2-1 defeat at Kingfield, despite taking an early lead. One season later and the sides then met in the Third Round, Woking scoring the only goal of the game at Kingfield to knock the Hoops out for the second consecutive season.
Oxford City picked up just a single point from their opening two league fixtures, this coming in a 0-0 stalemate on the opening day against Eastbourne Borough. Mark Jones is yet to see his side find the net this campaign, despite several opportunities against Gloucester City on Tuesday, ultimately his side were thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping and some wayward shooting.
The City boss isn’t getting worried by his side’s lack of goals yet though, as he told the Oxford Mail ahead of this weekend’s game: “I have been pleased with us defensively so far, but clearly the problem has been scoring goals. However, you have got to have trust in your attacking players to find the net – and I do. Matt Paterson proved he can do that last season and hopefully we can get that monkey off our back at Woking.”
Woking picked up two wins in their opening two fixtures, leaving it late in both matches to earn all three points. The opening day saw them score a 97th minute penalty that beat East Thurrock United, Max Kretzschmar converting from the spot following a 94th minute foul. On Tuesday evening, they had to come from a goal down in the final ten minutes to earn all three points. David Moyo gave St Albans the lead in the 80th minute, however Jake Hyde equalised immediately before Ian Gayle grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute.
The matches continue to come thick and fast following this match as Torquay United visit Marsh Lane on Tuesday evening, 19:45 kick-off.
Updated 11:30 - 10 Aug 2018 by Oxford City FC