Following on from last week's win, tomorrow sees Oxford City host Hampton & Richmond Borough at Marsh Lane in the National League South. Before this season, the sides last met in 1995 in the Isthmian League, when our visitors were just known as Hampton. City posted two wins in that season with 3-2 and 5-0 score lines. When the two sides met at the Beveree in early November, City edged a tight contest 1-0, Tom Winters the scorer the crucial goal that day.
City come into this game on the back of a 2-0 victory away at Bishop’s Stortford last weekend. The Hoops came flying out of the blocks and were unlucky not to be ahead within the first minute, two efforts forcing excellent saves from their keeper. An pinpoint finish from Ezra Forde just before half time, and a thumping Scott Davies penalty ensured the points came back to Oxfordshire. That win all but ensured City’s National League South status for another season, moving 11 points clear of third bottom Gosport Borough, who they play away on Bank Holiday Monday, with 5 games remaining.
Hampton & Richmond Borough have had an excellent first season back in the National League South. They sit in a very respectable 7th place, 11 points below the playoffs. Their last five games have seen them pick up 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the league, beating Whitehawk and Hungerford, draws with promotion hopefuls Poole and Ebbsfleet, with their loss being against Chelmsford last weekend.
When the sides met earlier in the season, the 1-0 win started a crucial 3 match winning run that saw City lift themselves out of the bottom three following a difficult start to the season. After a first half which saw both sides have a few chances, Tom Winters struck the decisive blow early in the second half, receiving Mike Fondop’s perfect cross field pass to put City into a 1-0 lead. Despite heavy pressure from Hampton, the Hoops managed to hold out for a massively important win.