With a little under 48 hours since Saturday’s fixture ended, Oxford City are back in action in the National League South with their second match of the Bank Holiday weekend: a trip to Chippenham Town. The sides have met several times during their Southern League days, in both the Premier Division and also Division 1 South & West. Tomorrow’s fixture will however signify the first fixture the two have contested at Step two.
The Hoops recovered well on Saturday, following their 7-1 defeat a week ago at Dartford, sharing the spoils with Welling United in a controversial game. New signings Jack Stevens and Rob Sinclair were thrown straight into the starting XI, and it was the latter that opened the scoring for The Hoops just before half time. Welling did however equalise, a contentious off the ball incident in the Welling penalty area looked nothing more than a 50/50 tangle, however the ref saw reason to award the visitors a penalty, which was duly converted, and send off City skipper Henderson. A disappointing end for The Hoops, however much improved from the previous weekend.
Chippenham Town also shared the points at the weekend in their fixture away at Weston-super-Mare. They found themselves 2-0 up in the 74th minute, however a late comeback from the hosts saw two goals in 5 minutes level the fixture. Their match prior to this also saw them draw 2-2, again having led 2-0. Their opponents that day, East Thurrock, also found two quick second half goals to share the spoils. The Bluebirds' record from their four previous league games have seen them win 1, draw 1 and lose 2.
The Hoops will return to action on Saturday 2nd September at The City Stadium as they welcome another new addition to the division, Braintree Town, for another National League South fixture.