Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt knows there is more to come from his side, despite their unbeaten start to the season.
City have won two and drawn three of their opening five matches and sit sixth in the Vanarama Conference North table table and travel to Harrogate Town tomorrow.
Merritt knows they can get even better, and believes a tough run of matches will test the capabilities of the squad.
“If anyone had said to me at the start of the season we would be unbeaten after five matches, of course I’d have taken it,” he said.
“The frustrating thing is that a couple of the drawn games could, and probably should, have been victories. We’d have been right up there then.
“It’s been a very encouraging start, but I have said to the players that I think we are only playing to about 70 per cent capacity at the moment.
“I really believe that we can get a lot better.”
Darren Mullings and Alejandro- Adrian Santiago miss the game through suspension – Mullings serving the last of a three-game ban and Santiago missing his one match.
Liam Malone (ankle) is a doubt.
Merritt revealed he is close to bringing in another two new faces, but is not sure whether they will be signed in time to feature tomorrow.
Harrogate are winless so far, but City are taking nothing for granted.
“I spoke to the North Ferriby manager this week and he said that Harrogate are a good side,” Merritt added.
“They have one of the biggest budgets in the league and although they haven’t won yet, are sure to be very tough opponents for us.
“We’ve got some really tough tests coming up, starting with Saturday.”
Oxford City (v Harrogate Tn, away): from Scott, Benjamin, Lapoujade, Malone, Pond, Brown, Rodriguez, Wilson, Del Alamo, Winters, Stonehouse, Green, Afolabi, Barcelos, Yussuf.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
5:37pm Monday 30th November 2015
OXFORD United reduced the amount they spent on agents fees according to the latest figures from the Football League.
7:07pm Monday 30th November 2015
HENRY Lamont has been named as Oxford University's captain as they go in search of a historic sixth successive Varsity Match victory at Twickenham.
1:00pm Monday 30th November 2015
DANNY Hylton thought Oxford United’s ‘ugly’ win at Hartlepool United was another sign of their potential to not just win automatic promotion, but the Sky Bet League Two title.
12:40pm Monday 30th November 2015
Oxford City will face fellow Vanarama National League South high-flyers Ebbsfleet United in the first round of the FA Trophy.
11:58am Monday 30th November 2015
Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion from noon.
11:21am Monday 30th November 2015
RONNIE Moore rued Oxford United's ability to capitalise on one lapse in concentration which saw his Hartlepool United side lose 1-0 at Victoria Park.
8:10am Monday 30th November 2015
A double from Lance Williams led Didcot Town to a 5-1 victory at home to Larkhall Athletic, despite having skipper Luke Carnell sent off It took the Railwaymen just 90 seconds to take the lead in this Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West clash.
8:00am Monday 30th November 2015
Striker Marlon Jackson scored twice on his return to help Oxford City come from behind and beat Marlow in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Marsh Lane on Saturday.
7:50am Monday 30th November 2015
CHRIS Maguire was pleased to see Oxford United show the quality he had heard about as the striker helped them to a win on debut.
7:50am Monday 30th November 2015
Romain Grosjean stormed up the field to finish ninth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – his last race for the Enstone-based Lotus team.