As is customary with the start of the season, the first game is quickly followed by the second. Just three days after the first round of matches, the Hoops make the trip up the A44 to Evesham to face Gloucester City. The two City’s will be looking to register their first goals of the campaign, the Tigers drawing a blank on the opening day in a 2-0 loss at Concord Rangers, while City were held in a goalless draw at home to Eastbourne Borough.
Neither side were able to ignite on Saturday afternoon at Marsh Lane as Oxford City and Eastbourne Borough were unable to breach their opponents’ defence. City had, perhaps, the best chance of the game right at the death, Eze Ibrahim denied by a superb save from the Sports’ stopper after Reece Fleet’s shot was parried out to him.
Gloucester City found themselves at the end of a defeat against a very new look Concord Rangers side on Canvey Island. The Beachboys, who have had a total makeover from the management team down showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season, Alex Wall scoring either side of half time to condemn the Tigers to a 2-0 defeat.
When the two City’s met last season, the spoils were shared over the two matches, the two sides both picking up a win at their opponents’ home grounds. It was the festive bank holiday double header in the 2017/18 campaign, the first meet up occurring on Boxing Day at the Jubilee Stadium. The match was won midway through the first period as Rob Sinclair’s goal from a quickly taken free-kick proved the be the difference. City did have to survive a last-minute scare though as the offside flag saved them conceding a last gasp equaliser.
One week later, the Tigers got their revenge at Marsh Lane. They convincingly despatched of the Hoops in a 3-0 scoreline, two goals before the break from Chris Knowles and Karnell Chambers doing the majority of the damage, before Ethan Moore finished the game off 15 minutes from time.
Tomorrow's fixture will be played at Evesham United's Jubilee Stadium, 19:45 kick-off. The address for the stadium is:
Updated 20:04 - 6 Aug 2018 by Oxford City FC
The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium
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