FOOBALL: City extend Ingram loan

Oxford City keeper Matt Ingram claims a corner against Brackley

Oxford City keeper Matt Ingram claims a corner against Brackley

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Oxford City have extended goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s loan from Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old was City’s hero in the goalless draw at Brackley Town in Blue Square North on Boxing Day.

And manager Mike Ford said: “Wycombe are chuffed to bits how we have looked after him and the way he has grown and matured as a goalkeeper.

“He will stay with us until the summer and go back to them for next season, so that is brilliant news.”

Ingram will be looking to keep another clean sheet when City take on Boston United at the Jakemans Stadium tomorrow.

Zac McEachran will feature again in City’s squad after Ford gave the 18-year-old midfielder his full debut at Brackley.

And City’s boss believes the teenager can step out of the shadows of his famous brother, Josh, the England Under 21 international, who is on loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea. Ford said: “He can create opportunities and go past people. He is what I call a line-breaker.

“I think we have to think of Zac as Zac McEachran and not the brother of Josh.

“There is only one Zac and I think he can be what ever he wants to be.”

Full back Jack Mills misses the trip to Boston, who drew 1-1 at home to Corby Town on Boxing Day, with a one-match ban after being sent off at Sutton United. Andy Gunn could come into the side to take his place or Paul Stonehouse or Andy Ballard could switch positions.

Ford added: “Jack has done great, but it is an opportunity for somebody and if they do well they will stay in the team for New Year’s Day.”

Oxford City: from Ingram, Stonehouse, Ballard, Learoyd, Willmott, Benjamin, Pond, Barcelos, McEachran, Stanley, Gunn, Mulvany, Malone, Holgate, Cook, Basham, Janes.

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