FOOTBALL: Margetts strike condemns City to first defeat of season

Tom Winters went close for Oxford City on Saturday

Tom Winters went close for Oxford City on Saturday

First published in Sport

JONATHAN Margetts’ 55th-minute strike inflicted a first defeat of the season on Oxford City in their Vanarama Conference North clash at Harrogate Town on Saturday, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

City created numerous chances against a highly-fancied Harrogate side, but failed to take any of them.

However, it was the hosts, chasing their first win of the season, who carved out the best opportunities in the opening minutes.

Adam Nowakovski went close to putting the home side in front after four minutes, seeing his header blocked on the line.

Moments later, Simon Leni-ghan’s deflected shot drifted narrowly wide and Margetts’ headed effort just missed the target from the resulting cor-ner.

City came back into the game and almost edged themselves in front when Tom Winters’ cross-cum-shot clipped the bar.

Just a minute later Adi Yussuf had an effort blocked in front of goal, but Felipe Barcelos was unable to bring the ball under control quickly enough on the rebound, allowing Harrogate goalkeeper Phil Barnes to snuff out the danger.

The second half was ten minutes old when the hosts finally made the breakthrough.

Margetts latched onto an excellent through ball before slotting home past City keeper Mark Scott and into the bottom left-hand corner.

City continued to threaten as they went in search of an equaliser, committing more men forward the longer the game wore on.

Winters drew a flying save with an excellent curling shot which was heading for the top corner.

And Yussuf was also foiled by the Harrogate keeper as his bobbling attempt was tipped just wide.

But despite carving out a number of good chances City could find no way through as the hosts held on for their first win of the season.

Oxford City: Scott, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Del Alamo, Brown, Green, Barcelos (Afolabi 68), Pond, Yussuf (Wilson 82), Rodriguez, Winters. Subs not used: Malone, Arnau, Henderson.

Referee: S Lucas.

Attendance: 398.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

What's in our interactive back page today?

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Have a look around our interactive back page today...

Oxford United sign prolific non-league striker

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD United have signed John Campbell on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Didcot duo honoured by nominations for Oxon award

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

DIDCOT’S Commonwealth Games medallists, Dan Rivers and Ben Watson, are thrilled at their nominations for Oxfordshire Sportsman of the Year, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

Jack Brooks hoping to collect award at third time of asking

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

CRICKETER Jack Brooks is hoping it will be third time lucky at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards tomorrow, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Brooks keen to make an impression for England Lions

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 27th November 2014

JACK Brooks will stick to what has made him a county cricket star as he attempts to impress national selectors while on England Lions duty this winter.

RACING: Woods is thrilled by snappy Croco

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

Chipping Norton-based jockey Kielan Woods was overjoyed after notching the biggest success of his career on runaway winner Croco Bay at Ascot.

ATHLETICS: Shield success caps super showing for Oxford City

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD City’s men led the club’s successful venture to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross Country Championships at Upton Court Park, Slough.

ICE HOCKEY: Stars are rumbled by Thunder's late show

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

Oxford City Stars put up brave resistance before Milton Keynes Thunder’s third-period blast sent them reeling to a 4-1 defeat in South Division 1.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford RL snap up England forwards

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

7:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD RL have signed England Forces international pair Jordan Andrade and Jamie Milburn.

ATHLETICS: Harcourt Hill chosen as host

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

A NEW venue will host round two of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League next month.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

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