Oxford City Nomads moved into the top half on the Hellenic Premier League as they ran out 4-3 winners against Highmoor Ibis at Marsh Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Will McEachran - from the spot, Josh Gibbens, Kyreece Martei and Nathan Simms were enough to edge out Mitch Parker’s hattrick from the visitors.
Parker put his side into the lead on just six minutes as he found himself in space just inside the box, before cutting onto his left foot and drilling under Luke Sanders.
The Nomads were awarded a spot kick just six minutes after as Josh Pin was brought down just inside the box. McEachran was tasked with taking the penalty, doing so emphatically as he sent the keeper the wrong way to level the score.
Parity lasted just one minute as the Nomads struck again. A Nathan Simms corner from the right found its way to Gibbens, with his back to goal, and was able to find the back of the net with an overhead kick, albeit with the help of a deflection.
Parity was restored a further minute later. Parker again found himself in possession in the right-hand side of the box, and he was able to drill an effort under Sanders and into the far corner.
Connor Mattimore had a chance to extend the lead in the 21st minute as he found himself in space on the edge of the box. He cut onto his right foot however his effort sailed over the bar.
Parker completed his hattrick on 27 minutes. Again, finding himself in the right-hand side of the box, he was brought down before he stepped up and converted, despite Sanders going the right way.
Neither side were able to find the net again in the first period, after the flurry early in the half. Pin was closest to finding the net again on 33 minutes as he had a shot deflected just past the post for a corner, that came to nothing.
It was the visitors that threatened in the early stages of the second half, and nearly found themselves with a two-goal cushion on 51 minutes. Jamie Porter’s header from a corner had Sanders well beaten, however the Nomads’ stopper was grateful to see Simms head off the line.
After saving his side a few minutes earlier, Simms nearly put his side level again on 53 minutes. The ball found it’s way out to him in space down the left, his long-range effort had the keeper beaten, only to come crashing back off the crossbar.
Rob Tutton and Paul Mulvany freshened their side in the 20 minutes that followed, firstly Dan Collins was replaced by Matty Brown on 54 minutes, Bradley Singh replaced by Noah Alabi in the 66th minute before Connor Mattimore was replaced by Alex Pappas with 15 minutes to go.
It was just three minutes after the final change that the Nomads found themselves level. A long ball through to Martei saw the visiting ‘keeper rush out of his goal; however the Nomads’ striker beat him to the ball before rounding him and slotting into the empty net.
The winner came in spectacular style in the 90th minute. The Nomads had earned another corner, Simms was again tasked with taking the set piece, his in-swinging delivery went straight in at the far post, despite the best efforts of the defender on the line.
The win saw the Nomads head into the top half of the table, into 9th place on 40 points. They travel to Burnham on Bank Holiday Monday, a 3pm kick-off at The Gore.
Updated 13:25 - 23 Apr 2018 by Oxford City FC