Following Saturday's disappointing defeat at the hands of Maidstone United, Oxford City return to Marsh Lane for a chance at redemption of two kinds with the visit of Gloucester City.
Having finally overcome Maidenhead United, The Hoops failed to beat National League opposition for a second time as Jack Richards' first half effort was enough to see the Stones into the next round.
The Tigers, meanwhile, inflicted City's first defeat of the season back in August: a low-scoring game failing to reflect the wealth of chances for both sides with substitute Joe Parker giving his side a 1-0 win,
The two sides have met intermittently over the past few seasons, first meeting in the North before their respective transfers to the South. These meetings have largely favoured the Hoops, although they have tended to fair far better away from home with two wins from their last three trips to face Gloucester.
The most memorable of these was of course 2015's trip to Whaddon Road where the Hoops ran riot in a 7-1 win. It’s hard to say who scored the pick of the goals with excellent long range finishes from Darren Pond and Javi Rodriguez both contenders, but that day will be best remembered for City's 5th scored by Declan Benjamin.
Less memorably, Boxing Day of 2017 brought another 3 points for the Hoops thanks to Rob Sinclair's goal after 16 minutes,
The last time the Tigers visited Marsh Lane, however, they exacted some measure of revenge with a 3-0 win. Chris Knowles opened the scoring after just 8 minutes, somehow rising highest to head home a free kick. From there, City were the architects of their own demise with two errors gifting the second and third goals.
Going into this weekend's game there is a mixture of good and bad news for Mark Jones. Kyran Wiltshire and Jack Self return from being suspended and cup tied respectively, however Ben Jefford faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with damaged ankle ligaments whilst Zac McEachran is a doubt having aggravated the knee injury which kept him out over the Christmas period.