Whilst Oxford City will be making history as they take on Tranmere Rovers in their Emirates FA Cup First Round replay on Tuesday, they must first be part of history of a different kind as they play the role of visitors in Dulwich Hamlet's final game at Imperial Fields.
The tie will be the first time the two sides have met in the Vanarama National League South, the Hamlet having won promotion to this level for the first time in 2017/18.
Their first season at this level has been something of a success so far – they currently sit in a comfortable 15th place and previously sat much higher thanks to an excellent start to the season – but recent form has given supporters a little less to smile about.
Their last fixture, the Tussle of the Tenants between Dulwich and Truro, was goalless for only two minutes as River Allen gave Truro an extremely early lead. Jon-Paul Pittman helped double the hosts' lead in the 14th minute, racing clear of the defence and failing to beat the 'keeper, only for the loose ball to cannon off of a defender and into the back of the net. The visitors recovered, however, and were level before the hour mark: Ashley Carew striking first as Truro failed to clear a corner, before Nyren Clunis found the bottom corner with a powerful effort. Their efforts proved to be in vain though, a defensive lapse with four minutes remaining allowing Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist to strike from close range and ensure the points stayed in, or at least near, Torquay.
The Hoops, meanwhile, sit two places and four points behind their opponents, although their cup exploits mean they have a game in hand. The deficit could have been reduced on Tuesday night when a little-awaited midweek trip to Dartford didn't quite yield any points. A nightmare of an opening 15 minutes left City 2-0 down – Andre Coker breaking clear of the defence to beat King and Jordan Wynter picking out the bottom corner from range. Joe Oastler got his side back into the game with a firm header from a corner, but the Darts re-established their two-goal lead thanks to a Charlie Sheringham header.
The Hoops improved in the second half, staying on the front foot for long periods, but could only muster a single goal – from substitute Zac McEachran – as the hosts defended resolutely.
Mark Jones will enter the game with a dilemma on his hands – rest players for the cup, or try to build momentum going into Tuesday's tie? Gavin Rose, meanwhile, will be intent to provide fans with a memorable final day at a ground which has provided fans with a sanctuary during a turbulent time off of the pitch.
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