What a difference a week makes! At this point last week, Oxford City occupied a position in the National League South relegation zone. They would go on to briefly occupy the basement position in the division for approximately 15 minutes, before Zac McEachran’s equaliser against Slough lifted them back into 21st place. Then, at exactly 4:31pm, Eddie Jones’ winner lifted the Hoops out of the bottom two.
Since then, the Hoops added a further three points to their tally, with a 2-0 win over Dorking Wanderers, meaning that at kick-off on Saturday afternoon, they will hold a 5-point cushion to the bottom two. The Hoops’ opposition this weekend happens to be that team who are five points behind – City once again embarking on a trip around the Southern section of the M25, this time a little further around to face Tonbridge Angels at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium.
It will actually be a first ever league meeting between the sides, the Angels having been promoted through the ‘super-playoff’ from the Isthmian League last season, in order to take their position in the National League South this campaign.
The two aren’t totally new opponents, as they did have a replayed FA Trophy tie in 2004. A 1-1 draw at Longmead was followed by a 4-2 win for the Angels at Marsh Lane.
Of course, the Angels also have history over the other side of the Oxford ring-road as well – shocking United back in 2007 to cause a giant killing in the FA Trophy as they earned a 1-0 win at Longmead in a replay, following a goalless draw at the Kassam.
Tonbridge’s last five matches have seen them fall to defeat in four of these matches – a 3-1 defeat at Wealdstone most recent, with narrow defeats against Chelmsford City (2-1), Hampton & Richmond Borough (1-0) and Eastbourne Borough (2-1) previously. Their other match in this period did see them to victory, and in some style too.
Braintree Town had little answer to the Angels as they were blown away with Tonbridge winning 5-1. Tom Derry, D’Sean Theobalds, Rian Bray and a Tommie Hession-Harris brace enough for this weekend’s hosts.
The Hoops’ recent form reads very handsomely to anyone reading. With the FA Cup games included, they are on a run of five wins in seven, four in the last five. This only defeat came in a league match at Marsh Lane against Dartford with a tight 1-0 defeat, however FA Cup victories against Hampton & Richmond (2-0) and Margate (2-1) have significantly helped the Hoops’ form, which has most recently seen league victories against Slough Town at home (2-1) and a superb performance against Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday evening.
Of course, following Saturday’s fixture, Oxford City will next be in action in the Emirates FA Cup, playing their huge First Round Proper fixture at home to Solihull Moors, a match played on Saturday afternoon with a 3pm kick-off. Don’t forget that you can buy your tickets in advance for this match, and even indulge in our hospitality package for £140 for a table of four! Head over to our ticket portal to buy your tickets: CLICK HERE