Oxford City take to the road for the first time since the 11th February as they visit Weston-super-Mare on Saturday afternoon, weather permitting. The two sides have met three times over the course of the last two seasons; winning one each, the other being a 0-0 stalemate. The latter of those results came in October in what was The Hoops first clean sheet of the season.
City made it four matches unbeaten in the league last Saturday, thanks to an injury time equaliser from debutant substitute Ezra Forde, with a 1-1 draw with 3rd placed Dartford. This backed up 1-1 draws against Wealdstone and Bath City, and a 1-0 victory against Hemel Hempstead. Results over the past few weeks have seen City move 12 points clear of the drop zone, having played the same number of games as the teams below. Irrespective of the result on Sautrday, The Hoops will remain in 14th place, with a 5 point gap to 13th and a 4 point gap to 15th.
Weston-super-Mare find themselves 3 places and 5 points below The Hoops. Their last outing saw them away at Hampton & Richmond Borough, a match that they won 2-0. They have only lost two of their last 9 matches, both away games at Dartford and Poole Town. A win would see them close the gap on City to two points, with results going their way, they could move to 15the place.
The last meeting between the sides saw a 0-0 stalemate at Marsh Lane. With both teams struggling for form, it was a very scrappy affair that didn't really threaten to produce any goals. This was completely opposite to the game at the Woodspring Stadium last season, with City falling to a 5-2 defeat on a February Tuesday evening. Last seasons game at Marsh Lane saw The Hoops triumph 3-0.