Oxford City’s trip across the Severn Bridge resulted in a goalless stalemate on Saturday afternoon against Welsh Premier League side Cardiff Metropolitan University at the Cyncoed Campus.
Both sides struck the woodwork in the Welsh capital, but ultimately neither side could breach the two strong defensive units.
It was a quiet opening with just a few efforts from the hosts which were routinely saved by Craig King in the City goal.
The Hoops created their first chance after 24 minutes as a dangerous free kick was headed by a defender towards his own goal, however the keeper was able to get down low to gather.
Four minutes later and the hosts earned a free-kick just outside the box that had King well beaten between the sticks, however he was relieved to see the ball crash off the crossbar, before it fell back into a dangerous area, where it was eventually cleared.
Danny Rowe nearly kept up his fine goalscoring form on the stroke of half-time as a well struck free kick was destined for the top corner, however it was well saved and pushed behind for a corner.
Rowe then forced an even better save twenty minutes into the second half – his rasping effort from outside of the box was goal bound but was brilliant tipped over the bar for a corner.
The Hoops then struck the crossbar themselves with eight minutes remaining – a dangerous cross from Nana Owusu saw a defender head the ball onto the bar, however the ball could not be bundled home on the rebound.
There was to be one final effort for City to snatch the win with the last kick of the game. Zac McEachran’s tricky feet in the box saw him make room for himself to curl towards goal, however his effort was too close to the keeper, who was able to make the save.
That concluded City’s pre-season as the hard work starts next weekend as Concord Rangers visit Marsh Lane for the start of the 2019/20 Vanarama National League South. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Oxford City: King, Jones, Jefford (Moore-Azille 88), Ashby, Tapp, Oastler, Wiltshire, Fleet, Brown, Self (McEachran 72), Rowe (Owusu 80).