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

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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.

ICE HOCKEY: Makintosh treble boosts Oxford City Stars' survival mission

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

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FOOTBALL: Benjamin claims a point for Oxford City against FA Trophy finalists

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

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London Welsh are only focused on a win, says coach Matt Ferguson

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

MATT Ferguson says London Welsh are not thinking about the prospect of relegation and are solely focused on winning their first game of the season, writes JACK JOHNSON.

ATHLETICS: Hale claims ladies' crown by narrowest of margins

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

EYNSHAM Roadrunner Hannah Hale clinched the ladies’ Oxford Mail Cross Country League crown at Harwell by just a point after finishing second in the final round.

BOWLS: Oxon bring Ley indoors to stop the rot

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

6:30am Thursday 5th March 2015

ALAN Ley, who has played more than 800 outdoor games for Oxfordshire, made his county indoor debut and inspired the side to a 105-89 win over Worcestershire.

AUNT SALLY: North Oxford trio into final

Oxford Mail: Aunt sally doll close up for sport

6:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

NORTH Oxford Conservative Club’s Pete Dempsey, Ray Townsend and Phil Allen will face Six Bells’ Alan Surman, Roger Goodall and Jason Coates in the Kidlington Indoor League’s triples final on Monday, March 23.

BAR BILLIARDS: Kennington hit back to claim spoils

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

6:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

KENNINGTON Club kept up the pace at the top of the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford & District League Premier Section with a 4-1 home win over Masons, writes PETE EWINS.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's draw with Morecambe

Oxford Mail:

3:49pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

WATCH the best of the action from Oxford United's 1-1 draw with Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium.

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Only a matter of time before Callum O'Dowda is in the Barclays Premier League

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

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George Baldock has mixed emotions as late goal gives Oxford United valuable draw

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 4th March 2015

A LATE equaliser from George Baldock saw Oxford United come from behind to draw 1-1 with Morecambe, but the full back admitted it still felt like two points dropped.

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