Oxford City made it three wins in their last three pre-season friendlies as they ran out 2-0 winners away at Beaconsfield Town on Tuesday evening at Holloways Park.
Jack Self netted both goals in the first half for the Hoops on a scorching evening that saw temperatures of around 30 degrees.
There was no goal inside the opening 10 minutes for the Hoops, for the first time in pre-season, however forced the Beaconsfield defence into action on the ten-minute mark after a corner was headed on by Joe Oastler to Eddie Jones, whose spectactular acrobatic effort was straight at the keeper.
Reece Fleet then went close seven minutes later as Self slipped Jones through, before finding Fleet, who was unable to get a good connection on the ball, as his effort flew over the bar.
The deadlock was eventually broken on 22 minutes. Jones and Self were to link up again as the former was able to cut in from the right and square to the latter, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net as the keeper had committed.
Just two minutes later and the lead could have been doubled. A lovely move down the right saw Wiltshire beat his man and cross the ball into the centre where Stefan Brown threw himself at the ball. He was able to get a toe on the ball, but it wasn’t strong enough to guide into the bottom corner.
But five minutes before the break and the lead was eventually doubled. It was Brown who was to be provider this time as he was slipped through on goal, but with Self running through in a more central position, the striker unselfishly squared the ball to the midfielder who took a touch before curling into the corner.
The second half was rather dominated by substitutions with Mark Jones making four changes in a half-hour period after the break. Finn Tapp and Danny Rowe were the first to be introduced in place of Tarik Moore-Azille and Nana Owusu, before two trialists were later introduced in place of two-goal Self and Ben Jefford.
Brown looked to have finally picked up a goal on the night on 77 minutes as a lovely move down the right saw the striker turn home a pin-point cross from Wiltshire, however the offside flag was raised to quickly dampen any celebration.
The final effort of the match came from City’s final sub, Craig Fasanmade – who replaced Brown on 81 minutes. He was found in a bit of space at the right-hand side of the box, taking a touch before fiercely striking towards the top corner – the young striker just inches away from finding the top corner.
Oxford City: King, Jones, Jefford (Trialist 75), Ashby, Moore-Azille (Tapp 63), Oastler, Wiltshire, Fleet, Brown (Fasanmade 81), Self (Tralist 71), Owusu (Rowe 63).