PSF - Oxford City 0 - 3 Oxford United

2 weeks ago By Oxford City FC

United triumph at Marsh Lane

Oxford City marked the opening of the brand-new Marsh Lane pitch with a showpiece friendly against Football League neighbours Oxford United.

With pre-game festivities beginning more than two hours before kick-off, there was plenty of time for the bumper crowd to soak up the sun and admire their revamped surroundings.

When the match finally began, City started off as the stronger side with Justin Bennett smashing a far post volley against the woodwork.

This spell was, however, short lived as United struck twice in two minutes: Joe Rothwell slamming home from the edge of the area before Kane Hemmings converted a low cross from point blank range.

Despite trailing, City continued to show flashes of quality throughout the half. The returning Zac McEachran looked particularly lively, seeing a good effort from range deflected behind for a corner, whilst Godfrey Poku made the most of his more central role with a string of solid challenges.

With half time came confirmation that, with 2,276 fans packing the stands, the game had set a new record attendance at Marsh Lane.

United emerged with an entirely different side for the second half and looked to make the most of the fresh legs, coming close to adding a third almost directly from kick-off.

Substitute Ezra Forde had City's best chance of the half, unleashing a snap shot from a tough angle which forced a smart save from Simon Eastwood.

With the game winding down into its final stages, many United fans celebrated what initially looked like a goal as Wes Thomas drilled a shot into the side netting, but were able to celebrate for real a matter of minutes later when the striker tapped home from close range.

Updated 00:26 - 13 Jul 2017 by Oxford City FC

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Sat 22 Jul
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Friendly 15:00
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Oxford City Nomads Collierswood Utd FC
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Tue 25 Jul
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Fri 28 Jul
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Friendly 19:30
Sat 29 Jul
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