Oxford City will look to bounce back from a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend as Braintree Town visit The City Stadium for a National League South fixture on Saturday afternoon. The sides met in the Isthmian League back in the late 1990’s and have not played each other since. Saturday will signal the first time the clubs have met in the National League.
The Hoops’ Bank Holiday weekend started with a home fixture against Welling United. Rob Sinclair scored a debut goal just before the break to see City into the break at 1-0 up. A huge moment of controversy saw Lee Henderson sent off and Welling awarded a penalty, which was converted, earning a point for The Wings. Monday saw The Hoops travel to Chippenham Town where they lost to the odd goal in 5. Chippenham took an early lead, but a Zac McEachran free kick saw a 1-1 score after just 10 minutes. Despite a Matt Paterson penalty midway through the second half, City ended with a 3-2 defeat.
Braintree Town had a more successful weekend, taking four of the six available points on offer. Their Saturday fixture saw them travel to basement side Whitehawk, the 1-1 result signalling the hosts' first point of the season. They followed this with a trip to pace-setters St Albans City, who had taken a maximum 18 points from their opening 6 fixtures. The Iron ended this run with a 1-0 defeat, ending the league’s last perfect record.
Following this fixture, The Hoops travel to Bath City on Tuesday evening, kick-off at 19:45.