Following their first league win of the season on Tuesday night at home to Hampton & Richmond, Oxford City will be looking to register their first away win of the season as they make the trip around the M25 to face Welling United at Park View Road, a 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
There will be a whole 35 league matches played between this weekend’s fixture and the reverse fixture at Marsh Lane, with that scheduled as both sides’ final match of the season.
It was somewhat of a thriller when the sides met in Kent last year, with the home side running out 3-2 victors, the winner coming in the 90th minute. Kabby Tshimanga gave the Hoops a 7th minute lead as he latched onto a ball over the top from Fleet, rounding the keeper before slotting home. Brendan Kiernan equalised on 31 minutes with a close-range finish, before David Ijaha headed home a 71st minute cross. After missing a penalty minutes before, Matt Paterson’s deft finish levelled things up with 8 minutes to play, before Anthony Acheampong nicked the points in the first added minute.
The reverse fixture was much more sedate, with visitors Welling United winning 1-0 at Marsh Lane, that coming from Bradley Goldberg from the spot on 20 minutes.
After defeat on the opening day, Oxford City have gone three unbeaten since then, with 1-1 draws at Chippenham Town and Eastbourne Borough – coming from behind in both of these – before registering their first victory of the season against Hampton & Richmond Borough. It really should have been more comfortable for the Hoops, who conceded twice in the final 20 minutes after holding a 3-0 lead after an hour.
The Wings sit below the Hoops in the table at this early stage in the season, however, arguably had the more difficult start to the season. They started well by picking up four points in their opening two games, with a 1-1 draw against Havant & Waterlooville being followed by a 1-0 victory over Maidstone United. Two defeats have followed however, with a 3-0 defeat at home to Bath City being followed by a late 2-1 defeat at Billericay Town.
Mark Jones will be relieved that his side have a free midweek after the rapid start of the season, however next weekend sees his side play twice in three days due to the August Bank Holiday. First up will be a visit from Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday afternoon, before a trip across to Bath City on Monday afternoon. Both are 3pm kick-offs.
See what manager Mark Jones had to say ahead of this weekend’s match by clicking here