NICK Stanley’s 30-yard screamer earned Oxford City a 1-0 home victory over Bishop’s Stortford in the FA Trophy first round on Tuesday night.
City will now visit Sutton United in round two on December 15.
The all-important goal came after just two minutes when Stanley let fly with a shot that gave Stortford’s keeper Ross Kitteridge no chance.
Jack Mills sent a free-kick across the Stortford goal, while Stanley had another shot turned over for a corner.
Stortford were more threatening after the break and Ricky Sappleton’s drive across goal only needed a touch from a teammate.
City’s Josh Mulvany made an important block from Matt Johnson, while Matt Ingram did well to deny Alli Abdullahi.
At the other end, Steve Basham and Declan Benjamin went close for City, who closed out the win.
Oxford City: Ingram, Mills, Stonehouse, Ballard, Learoyd, Willmott, Mulvany (Barcelos 74), Pond, Holgate (Bejmain 64), Basham, Stanley (Gunn 89).
Subs not used: Cook, Glass.
Attendance: 134. * BANBURY United were left to rue missed opportunities as they lost 1-0 at Cambridge City in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Banbury, who had captain Jack Ashton sent off for an apparent head butt on Ieuan Lewis after 72 minutes, had six first-half attempts on goal.
Ex-Banbury player Mitchell Bryant had a goal disallowed for offside on 29 minutes.
Debutant goalkeeper Kwame Fordah impressed for Banbury, but he was at fault for Cambridge’s winner.
Fordah failed to line up his wall correctly, which allowed Adam Marriott to score a 54th-minute free-kick and there was no way back for the visitors.