Oxford City skipper Darren Pond faces several weeks on the sidelines with a hip injury.
Pond suffered the blow in City’s 1-0 opening-day win at Hyde United in Vanarama Conference North on Saturday.
The first game he will miss is the clash with Worcester City at Marsh Lane tonight when general manager Justin Merritt will be looking for a repeat result.
City were forced to defend with ten men for an hour at Hyde after Darren Mullings was sent off.
And Merritt said: “It didn’t go as we envisaged, but it was pleasing to come away with a victory.”
However, he was less happy with Mullings’ dismissal.
He added: “I thought a yellow card would have been a bit harsh, so I was very disappointed with the decision – it was a soft sending off, but our players accepted it and got on with it. Ten minutes later, Darren limped off.
“Situations like these can be character-building and hopefully the guys can take a lot of confidence from it.
“Liam Malone (who replaced Pond) did exceptionally well. It just shows the importance of having a good-sized squad. Having 11 good players is not enough.”
Banbury United boss Edwin Stein is backing his Southern League Premier Division side to bounce back at home to Hitchin Town.
Despite a 1-0 loss to Poole Town, Stein saw many positives in the Puritans’ display.
“I thought we played well, but we weren’t brave enough in the final third,” he said.
Banbury could give debuts to former Oxford City winger Jacob Walcott and ex-Spurs youth player Victor Zapata.
Oxford City (v Worcester City, home): from Scott, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Malone, Lapoujade Garde, Green, Wilson, Mullings, Yussuf, Rodriguez, del Alamo, Barcelos, Winters, Brown, Hernandez.
Banbury Utd (v Hitchin Tn, home): from Nuamah, Cray, Strafford, Mzungwana, Westbrook, Murombedzi, Abrahams, Evangelinos, Green, Martin, Masri, Adekunie, Osyemi, Browne, Oke, Vincent-Young.
7:40pm Friday 30th January 2015
OXFORD University’s highly-rated welterweight Harley Mace tops the bill for this year’s Town v Gown show at the Oxford Union on Wednesday.
6:59pm Friday 30th January 2015
FIONA Bunn recorded a fourth successive win at the Vale of White Horse Schools’ Cross Country Championships by retaining her under 17 girls’ title at Radley College.
2:00pm Friday 30th January 2015
DANNY Hylton is reluctant to make predictions about his scoring tally but acknowledged he would be disappointed if this season was not the best of his career in front of goal.
12:40pm Friday 30th January 2015
Oxford United travel to Stevenage tomorrow and here are all our stories previewing the match in an interactive graphic.
9:30am Friday 30th January 2015
RICHARD Brindley is raring to make his Oxford United debut at Stevenage tomorrow after joining on loan yesterday.
9:10am Friday 30th January 2015
AS hard as Oxford United have worked to avoid doing business on transfer deadline day, head coach Michael Appleton is preparing to be involved in Monday night’s rush.
9:00am Friday 30th January 2015
JAMES Roberts is aiming to reach double figures for goals before the end of his first season as a professional.
8:40am Friday 30th January 2015
JOHN Campbell’s career at Oxford United rests on whether Jarrow Roofing are willing to agree a delay over receiving a fee for the striker.
8:20am Friday 30th January 2015
STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley says Oxford United’s movements in the January transfer window show they “mean business”.