Following Saturday’s postponement, Oxford City don’t have to wait long to get back into action as they face Oxford United in the semi-final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on Tuesday evening at Marsh Lane, 19:30 kick-off.
Both sides entered the competition at the quarter-final stage, City received a walk-over following North Leigh dropping out of the tournament. Oxford United needed to navigate their way past Ardley United, doing so successfully as they came out 3-1 winners at the Playing Fields in late January.
The last time the sides met was the pre-season fixture in front of a record Marsh Lane crowd of 2,276 to open the 3G surface. A strong U’s side triumphed 3-0 that day thanks to goals from Joe Rothwell, Kane Hemmings and Wes Thomas.
The last meeting in a competitive fixture was in the final in 2015/16, played at Grenoble Road. United came out on top that day as well, James Roberts doing most of the damage as he netted four against a City side he had spent time on loan at earlier in the season in a 6-1 victory. George Jeacock grabbed the other two for the Yellows, Conor McDonagh grabbing the Hoops' consolation.
City boss Mark Jones is pleased to be able to get out playing again quickly following the weekend postponement:
“We’re pleased we’ve got a game tomorrow night against good opposition in Oxford United. Obviously with the match being postponed at Wealdstone on Saturday, it’s a good opportunity for us to get out there and play.
We are on the back of some good performances, so we want to keep the momentum going. We are certainly taking the game seriously.
With Oxford United’s game also being postponed on Saturday, they may play some more first team players than they may have ordinarily done so I think it’ll be a good game tomorrow night, there will be no problems with the pitch, and will hopefully play well tomorrow night.”
There will be a couple of names missing from tomorrow night’s squad:
“Rob Sinclair is still struggling a little bit, we are hoping he’ll be fit for Saturday, but won’t quite make it for tomorrow night. Udoka Godwin-Malife unfortunately played in one of the earlier rounds for the Nomads so he’s cup tied.
Apart from that, it’ll be the first team squad, so we’ll be picking from the same squad as we had for Chelmsford, so we’ll be putting a strong side out.”
Updated 21:23 - 17 Mar 2018 by Oxford City FC