FOOTBALL: Buoyant City rocked by Pond blow

Liam Malone (right) was praised by Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt after the win at Hyde United

Liam Malone (right) was praised by Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt after the win at Hyde United

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Non League Football. Call me on 01865 425488

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.

TONIGHT’S SQUADS 

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.

RUGBY: Henley Hawks secure promotion in fine style with a dozen tries against Shelford

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

HENLEY Hawks were crowned National League 2 South champions in fine style, after a commanding 66-17 victory over struggling Shelford.

RUGBY UNION: Bicester lose to basement boys Milton Keynes

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BICESTER were unable to build upon their recent good form as they were beaten 24-17 by relegated Milton Keynes in Southern Counties North.

HOCKEY: Hawks end campaign with convincing win

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD Hawks ended their South League Premier campaign on a high note with a convincing 4-1 win away to fourth-placed Old Cranleighans.

DARTS: Oxon's title hopes dented by rock bottom Somerset

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

JON Jukes starred as the men’s A team won, but it was not enough for Oxfordshire as they lost 19-17 away to Somerset.

GOLF: New captains breeze into office

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

WET and windy weather did not dampen spirits as captains drove into office at three clubs.

RUGBY: Witney's impressive run continues after big win over Windsor

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

6:50am Tuesday 31st March 2015

DAVID Hyde and James Lamb scored two tries each as Witney made it 11 wins in a row in South West 1 East, with a 53-10 victory over Windsor.

RUGBY: Outclassed Oxford Harlequins relegated as Exmouth storm to victory

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD Harlequins suffered relegation from National League 3 South West, after they were beaten 66-8 by promotion-chasing Exmouth.

RUGBY: Ben Bodinham’s the man for Gosford All Blacks in victory over Phoenix

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

6:30am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BEN Bodinham helped himself to four tries as Gosford All Blacks thumped Phoenix 46-12 to end their BB&O Premier Division campaign on a high note.

DARTS: Corner House hit back to lift crown

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 31st March 2015

CORNER HOUSE came from behind to beat Chequers Inn A 6-3 and claim the Section 2 title in the Greene King Oxford & District League.

RUGBY: Banbury Bulls secure third despite Pinley loss

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

BANBURY Bulls secured third place in Midlands 2 West South, despite falling to a 10-3 defeat at the hands of Pinley.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree