Oxford City return to National League South action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Essex for the second weekend running to face Chelmsford City, a few miles down the road from the scene of last weekend’s historic result in Colchester.
The Hoops just edge the record between the two sides having beaten The Clarets twice while losing only once: the other meeting ending as a very entertaining 2-2 draw. Honours were even last season though with both sides winning 2-0 on their respective home grounds.
Oxford City pulled off arguably the shock of the Emirates FA Cup First Round last weekend, knocking out a Football League side for the first time in the history of the club. Matt Paterson’s goal just 30 seconds into the second half set up a deserved victory over Colchester United for The Hoops, who defended resolutely and limited the hosts to long range efforts for long periods of the game. Their reward for this excellent result is a trip away to Notts County, League Two leaders, which is an excellent tie for City, even if a home tie would have been nice!
Saturday’s hosts were also in FA Cup action this weekend as they made the extremely long trip up north as they faced Gateshead. They were unable to pull off a shock, however, as two quick fire goals just after the half hour were enough consign them to cup defeat. The FA Cup defeat followed a league defeat the weekend before as they fell to the odd goal in 5 at Chippenham Town. They are sitting very healthily in 6th position in the table currently, but with games in hand on all the sides above them which could see them go top in a very congested top 8!
The sides first met in late August of the 2016/17 season at Melbourne Park, a game that saw the hosts run out 2-0 winners. Two first half goals from Shamir Mullings and Sean Jeffers consigned City to defeat on the day. The Hoops were able to reverse this result when the sides met late April. Goals at either end of the game from Ezra Forde and Godfrey Poku earned an important 3 points for City, which ensured The Hoops’ safety from relegation.
Following this fixture, Oxford City return to home league action as they welcome Wealdstone to Marsh Lane in the National League South on Saturday 18th November at 3pm.