By Ryan Bratley
Oxford City have the opportunity to bounce back from their disappointing opening day defeat to St Albans as they travel along the Thames to take on Hampton and Richmond Borough in their second National League South fixture of the season. The fixture has an extremely limited history with the two sides' spells at this level only beginning to overlap last season.
The Hoops made a promising start to their league campaign as Matt Paterson scored the first league goal at the new-look City Stadium with less than half an hour played. They could not however hold onto their lead and, despite Dave Pearce's late consolation, saw the 3 points get away.
The Beavers had a slightly more positive start to their season as they grabbed a point on the road, pulling a goal back from the spot to draw 1-1 at East Thurrock. They will likely be hoping that Tuesday's game proves to be a less bad tempered affair with a small fracas having reportedly taken place shortly after their equaliser.
When the the two sides met last season they managed to record a win a-piece, although the aggregate score was firmly in the London club's favour. The first meeting saw a narrow victory for The Hoops, Tom Winters capitalising on an all too rare appearance by scoring the only goal of the game. What this match lacked in goals, the return fixture at Marsh Lane made up for. Unfortunately none of these went City's way as The Beavers ran riot: taking a four goal lead into the break and adding a fifth in the second half to complete Brendan Kiernan's hattrick.
Following Tuesday's fixture, The Hoops will look ahead to a slightly longer trip to the south coast where they face Whitehawk on Saturday. The fixture is probably best remembered by City fans for being called off after a lengthy floodlight failure 2 seasons back but should, barring an apocalyptic turn in the weather, kick off at 3pm.