With the festivities all over and done with for another year, Oxford City find themselves on the road for the first time in 2017 for their longest away trip of the season, to Truro. City have made the long trip south a few times over the years, heading down twice in 2010 whilst both sides were in the Southern Premier. Last season it was the scene of the Hoops' biggest win of the season, a 6-0 win on August Bank Holiday.
2017 started well for City on New Year’s Day, completing an unlikely double over then 2nd placed St Albans City on a difficult saturated pitch at Marsh Lane. Goals from Reece Fleet and Stephane Ngamvoulou, his first for the club, saw the Hoops home with a 2-1 victory to follow up the 4-2 win at Clarence Park. City’s current league run of three consecutive wins is their joint record in the National League North/South since promotion. They will be looking at gaining a fourth consecutive league win for the first time since April/May 2012, a run that ended with the Hoops promotion to the National League.
Mark Jones’ perfect start has seen City move up to 13th place in the league, 8 points clear of the drop zone (12 points off the playoffs for those optimists reading!), however a number of teams do have games in hand. A win on Saturday, with the correct results elsewhere, could see the Hoops move into the top half of the table!
Saturday’s hosts sit 3 places below City, in 16th place. Truro are the leagues top conceders, a stat I’m sure is unwanted. Truro had their ‘local’ festive double against Weston-super-Mare, ending up on the wrong end of 2-1 and 4-2 scorelines in both of their games. They find themselves on a four-match losing streak in total, so will be looking at this game to get back on track in the league.
The two sides have met already at Marsh Lane this season, a 1-1 stalemate, with both goals coming in 10 second half minutes. Last season, the spoils were shared between the City and the White Tigers, both clubs winning away. After the Hoops 6-0 victory at Treyew Road early on last season, Truro visited Marsh Lane in March; flying into a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes. City couldn’t find an equaliser after getting a goal back just before half time.
10/09/16 – Oxford City 1-1 Truro City – National League South – A cagey first half went goalless, however Aaron Bentley gave Truro the lead after 56 minutes, however Scott Davies equalised with powerful penalty after 65 minutes to share the spoils between the two clubs.
31/08/15 - Truro City 0-6 Oxford City – National League South – Omari Sterling-James put City into a 7th minute lead, and a Bradley Bubb goal in the 20th minute put the Hoops 2-0 up at Half Time. Vinny Mukendi went onto score an 11 minute hatrick in the second half, to put City 5-0 up, and Luke Coulson finished things off from the spot in added time to give City a 6-0 victory.
30/03/16 – Oxford City 1-2 Truro City – National League South – Goals from Isaac Vassell and Matt Wright within 14 minutes of the game starting gave Truro an excellent start to the game, Marlon Jackson got one back for City just before half time, the second half ended goalless, with City unable to find an all important equaliser.