Following their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, Oxford City return to National League South action on Tuesday evening, welcoming Hungerford Town to Marsh Lane. The clubs faced each other competitively for the first time in years last season, and it was The Crusaders that came out on top on both occasions 2-0 and 6-0. The first installment from the last campaign saw the teams meet even earlier than this term, Hungerford triumphing 2-0 at home in the 2nd game of the season.
Having fallen to defeat in the opening two fixtures of the league campaign, Oxford City got off the mark with a convincing 3-0 scalp away at Whitehawk. The Hoops found themselves 3-0 up in 27 minutes thanks to a Matt Paterson penalty and strikes from Horatio Hirst and Reece Fleet. The quick start allowed them to step off the gas in the second half with an eye on the midweek fixture. Despite the first two game ending in losses, there were plenty of positives to be taken from the two games. The Hoops will feel aggrieved at the winning goal at Hampton & Richmond Borough last Tuesday, the linesman initially flagging for a City freekick, however the referee overruled him.
Hungerford Town have endured a mixed start to their campaign, having won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their opening 3 matches. Their first fixture of the season saw them earn a 0-0 draw away at one of the title favourites, Dartford. They followed this up with a midweek victory at home to Weston-super-Mare: two goals either side of half time saw the hosts home to a 2-0 victory. However, their last fixture saw a reverse of this scoreline at home to Hemel Hempstead. The Tudors’, and former City, keeper Laurie Walker was touted as Man of the Match with several key saves to keep his side ahead.
When the sides met last season, Hungerford took all six available points from the fixtures. The two sides met at Bulpit Lane for the second fixture of the campaign, and despite a bright start from The Hoops, Hungerford grew into the game and ran away in the end comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Mike Jones and Stefan Brown. The reverse fixture was a rather forgettable one for City as The Crusaders ran riot in a 6-0 scoreline. It wasn’t all one way traffic as Hungerford keeper George Legg making several fantastic saves at 1-0. Goals from Nicholas Bignall, Lance Williams, Louis Soares (2) and Harry Goodger (2) saw them home.