The new Marsh Lane pitch was put through its paces tonight as Reece Fleet's first half brace propelled City to victory over Cheltenham Town in a torrential downpour.
Mohamed Eisa grabbed an 85th minute consolation goal for the visitors but Craig Hill's defence held firm to seal the Hoops's first pre-season win.
While both goalkeepers were tested from range in the opening quarter of an hour, Cheltenham's Jon Flatt could do very little as Fleet raced onto a ball from Horatio Hirst and slotted home.
Jerell Sellars had Hill beaten with a stunning 30 yard effort just after the half hour mark, but saw his shot cannon back off of the post.
Fleet's opportunity to double the lead came from the spot as the referee spotted some holding in the box as a City corner came in. The midfielder made no mistakes, sending Flatt the wrong way as he slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.
Cheltenham looked certain to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time but the City defence was somehow able to scramble the ball clear.
The second half began with the league side having made a raft of substitutions, and this fresh lineup provided far more chances than their first half counterparts. Eisa came close with an effort from range whilst Page forced an excellent one-handed save from Hill.
The defence also played their part, producing a string of good tackles and blocks to keep their opponents at bay.
When Hill was finally beaten it took a stroke of bad luck as Eisa's low shot slipped underneath the sodden 'keeper.
Updated 00:27 - 13 Jul 2017 by Oxford City FC