Oxford City will be looking to continue their push away from the relegation zone this weekend as they welcome promotion-chasing Chelmsford City to Marsh Lane in the National League South. The Hoops have picked up two very important wins in the last fortnight, both against sides currently occupying playoff positions in Hemel Hempstead Town and Truro City.
The reverse fixture between City and the Clarets will live long in the memories of Hoops supporters as they saw their side pick up their first league win in three months with a 2-1 win away at Melbourne Park in early November. This came just one week after the historic 1-0 FA Cup win a few miles down the road at Colchester United.
Oxford City’s rejuvenation continued last weekend at Treyew Road as they travelled back to Oxfordshire with maximum points from their longest trip of the season. The result was made even sweeter by the fact that they recovered from a 2-0 deficit at the break as hosts Truro City lead through strikes from Ben Gerring and Adam Lamont. A Matt Paterson penalty and a brace from Sam Nombe saw City to a spectacular comeback win. There was one downside for assistant manager Joe Deeney however, as he had promised to buy every travelling fan a drink after the game if City won, and he remained true to his word. A huge thanks to him for that!
Chelmsford City come into this game on the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Hemel Hempstead Town. They came from behind three times in the match to earn a point. David Moyo gave the visitors the lead on 16 minutes before Chris Dickson equalised four minutes later. Stuart McCall gave the Tudors the lead again after a further four minutes before a second equaliser, this time from Anthony Church, completed a run of four goals in just 12 minutes of play! The second half saw both sides trade blows once more: Ismail Yakubu gave the visitors the lead just 8 minutes into the half, before Danny Green completed the scoring five minutes from time.
Earlier in the Season:
Oxford City were able to follow up their superb FA Cup performance with another excellent showing when the sides met at Melbourne Park in November. The Hoops came out the blocks fast and found themselves ahead on 13 minutes as David Pearce was in the right place to smash home Matt Paterson’s driven cross. City held a deserved lead going into the break and were then able to double it nine minutes into the second period. A quick counter attack saw Rob Sinclair in possession down the centre of the pitch before squaring to Godfrey Poku who was able to finish into the roof of the net . The hosts pressed following this and got a goal back on 65 minutes, Max Porter finishing from a corner. They continued to put pressure on the City goal however a heroic rear-guard action saw the Hoops back home with all three points.
City boss Mark Jones is urging his players to keep the momentum going:
"We’re very much looking forward to the game against Chelmsford on Saturday. The players are obviously on a bit of a high from the comeback at Truro last week so we’ve got to try and keep that feel good factor and momentum going.
We’ve had two good wins over the last two games against sides in the playoff positions and I think we’ve shown on our day we can cause a lot of problems for teams, so that’s what we’ll be trying to do again this weekend.
We’ve got a lot of respect for Chelmsford, they’ve got a lot of experienced players in their side, they’re doing very well in the league, in third position in the table, so we’ve got a lot of respect for them.
We’ve got to concentrate on our own game and see if we can reproduce the types of performances that we have over the last two games and see where that takes us.
I think we are in a better place than we were three weeks ago after the Concord defeat, that was a bit of a low moment, but I think we are in a better place now after the last two victories than we were after that game.
So the message to the players is that we aren’t getting carried away after two good wins, but we haven’t cracked it yet, we are still in a precarious position, so we’ve got to keep concentrating and producing good performances, keep concentrating on the process of how we are going to do it and hopefully that will get enough points on the board for us. "
He finished by giving us a quick update on the injury front:
"Rob Sinclair and Connor Stevens are very much doubtful for the moment, but we hope to have (Christian) Oxlade-Chamberlain and David Pearce back in the squad for this fixture."
Following this fixture, the Hoops make the relatively short trip down the M40 as they face Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale, a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 3rd March.