Wrexham 1 (J Clarke 29), Oxford Utd 2 (Constable 54, Williams 56)

Ryan Williams nips in to head home Oxford United’s winning goal

Ryan Williams nips in to head home Oxford United’s winning goal

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A QUICKFIRE double early in the second half saw Oxford United come from behind to beat Wrexham and reach the FA Cup third round.

Trailing to Joe Clarke's well-taken goal in the first half, the visitors turned the game on its head before the hour mark.

James Constable levelled the scores with a terrific low strike, before Ryan Williams found the net two minutes later.

Wrexham took time to recover but went on to exert some sustained pressure late on.

And United were grateful to goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, who had made one outstanding save when it was 1-0, for making another top stop in stoppage time.

It meant Chris Wilder's men clinch the £27,000 prize money and set up a visit to Charlton Athletic in January.

Johnny Mullins made a welcome return from a knee problem to slightly ease the visitors' injury problems in the only change from the 1-0 win at Gateshead four days earlier.

Oxford Mail:

  • United striker James Constable challenges Wrexham goalkeeper Andy Coughlin to a high ball

He came back in alongside David Hunt at centre half, allowing Tom Newey to revert to his more familiar left back role at the expense of Dave Lynn.

United had booked their place in the second round after coming through a war of attrition on Tyneside, but from the outset this game was easier on the eye.

Helped by a decent playing surface, the tempo was higher and Wrexham again showed teams in the Skrill Premier had a taste for passing football.

The home side knocked it about well and, unlike Gateshead, looked threatening in the final third.

Jay Harris came close to an excellent opener in the fourth minute, steering Dean Keates' cross just wide.

United took time to establish themselves, but had a spell of pressure midway through the half.

Mullins, who assumed the captain's armband, came close with a neat thigh trap and volley, which was deflected on to the top of the crossbar on 21 minutes.

Andy Coughlin was called into action seven minutes later to save a Danny Rose shot which was well struck but too close to the goalkeeper.

Wrexham promptly broke and opened the scoring.

United were left open through the middle and Keates made the most of the space to size up a lofted pass which Clarke thumped into the corner of the net on the volley.

Oxford Mail:

  • Dave Kitson gets the better of Dave Artell

Wrexham had a penalty appeal correctly dismissed by referee Gavin Ward in the stroke of half time, but they should have doubled their lead ten seconds after the restart.

David Hunt stretched to clear, but only diverted the ball past Mullins to gift a chance to Johnny Hunt ten yards out. The converted left back had scored in his last three games, but this time his shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

It looked like a turning point and so it proved as United turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes.

Constable equalised with a finish of pure quality, running on to Kitson's pass and fizzing a low shot first-time into the far corner.

The away fans were still celebrating when the second goal arrived via a Scott Davies long throw.

Mullins caused problems in the Wrexham defence, allowing Williams to bundle in from close range.

It was doubly sweet for the Australian, who had been booed by the home fans all evening for diving despite being on the receiving end of a bad tackle in the first half.

Wrexham looked stunned to find themselves behind and it took them a quarter of an hour to regain their composure.

The final stages saw them push hard for an equaliser, but United - led by the superb Mullins - held firm.

The closest Wrexham came was in stoppage time, when Clarke got fingertips on a Rob Ogleby shot to tip it round the post.

Oxford Utd (4-4-1-1): Clarke, Bevans, Hunt, Mullins, Newey, Williams, Davies, Rose, Ruffels, Constable, Kitson Subs used: Smalley (Williams 87), Long (Constable 89) Unused subs: Crocombe, Lynn, Shama, O'Dowda, Marsh.

Booked: none.

Wrexham (4-3-3): Coughlin, Carrington, Artell, Wright, Ashton, Harris, Keates (Morrell 83), Clarke, Ormerod (Cieslewicz 64), Bishop, Hunt (Ogleby 64).

Unused subs: Mayebi, Clowes, Evans, Anyinsah.

Booked: none.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Attendance: 2,906 (155 visitors).

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9:51pm Mon 9 Dec 13

South Upper 87 says...

My eyes must be failing, the report says no bookings. What did the ref hold up to Kitson one minute from the end when he stupidly kicked the ball away. One more card and he gets suspended for two games, just when we are short of players, Apart from that a very welcome result. Well done
My eyes must be failing, the report says no bookings. What did the ref hold up to Kitson one minute from the end when he stupidly kicked the ball away. One more card and he gets suspended for two games, just when we are short of players, Apart from that a very welcome result. Well done South Upper 87
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all.

Keep going.
Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all. Keep going. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -30

6:31am Tue 10 Dec 13

hairydean says...

Two things to mention kitson threw the ball away silly I agree but never kicked it away and biker do you ever stop plucking moaning U idiot we played really well controlled the game for long periods and constables covers more ground than most players in the country attacking and defending get off his case he took his goal perfectly and brought the team drive and power you need to start respecting players who give everything on the pitch U baffoon . We won and played well get over it our passing was awesome well done our boys
Two things to mention kitson threw the ball away silly I agree but never kicked it away and biker do you ever stop plucking moaning U idiot we played really well controlled the game for long periods and constables covers more ground than most players in the country attacking and defending get off his case he took his goal perfectly and brought the team drive and power you need to start respecting players who give everything on the pitch U baffoon . We won and played well get over it our passing was awesome well done our boys hairydean
  • Score: 20

7:32am Tue 10 Dec 13

oldun says...

We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it?

Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) .

Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat oldun
  • Score: -2

9:05am Tue 10 Dec 13

Headington Jim says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all.

Keep going.
Well that's progress coming from you albeit very begrudging.
COYY
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all. Keep going.[/p][/quote]Well that's progress coming from you albeit very begrudging. COYY Headington Jim
  • Score: 5

9:47am Tue 10 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Headington Jim wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all.

Keep going.
Well that's progress coming from you albeit very begrudging.
COYY
Credit where it's due, in the circumstances with injuries and miles covered in buses etc it was an excellent team performance. Thanks to BT for the cash, more this Saturday please.
[quote][p][bold]Headington Jim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Now that was a fighting spirit of a game, I thought our defence were awesome, Ryan Williams yet again showed class, ok Beano scored but that's about all. Keep going.[/p][/quote]Well that's progress coming from you albeit very begrudging. COYY[/p][/quote]Credit where it's due, in the circumstances with injuries and miles covered in buses etc it was an excellent team performance. Thanks to BT for the cash, more this Saturday please. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 7

10:06am Tue 10 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat[/p][/quote]blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: -2

10:10am Tue 10 Dec 13

steve mcavoy says...

Well done to everyone concerned! What has pleased me most over the past two games is the fact of our own Development squad players getting experience playing in competitive first team games. What a refreshing change.
Well done to everyone concerned! What has pleased me most over the past two games is the fact of our own Development squad players getting experience playing in competitive first team games. What a refreshing change. steve mcavoy
  • Score: 5

10:11am Tue 10 Dec 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah
Never ceasing encouragement for my words - thank you. Have a great day
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat[/p][/quote]blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah[/p][/quote]Never ceasing encouragement for my words - thank you. Have a great day oldun
  • Score: 1

10:48am Tue 10 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah
Never ceasing encouragement for my words - thank you. Have a great day
zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
ZZZZ #boringb@st@rd
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat[/p][/quote]blah blah sell beano blah blah top 3 blah blah i'm a bring pr*ck blah blah outplayed blah blah playoff lottery blah blah[/p][/quote]Never ceasing encouragement for my words - thank you. Have a great day[/p][/quote]zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZ #boringb@st@rd OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: -4

12:35pm Tue 10 Dec 13

dave from witney says...

Kitson ought to be fined by the club for his booking. To blatantly time waste with one minute left of stoppage time right in front of the ref, was crazy. I reckon he wants a time off with his family over Christmas, just when he is likely to have collected one more card and be banned for two games and just when we need players most. To me it did put a slight damper on what was a really good performance, the defence coped so well with our midfield having a bit of a poor time. We must extend Williams loan a.s.a.p.
Kitson ought to be fined by the club for his booking. To blatantly time waste with one minute left of stoppage time right in front of the ref, was crazy. I reckon he wants a time off with his family over Christmas, just when he is likely to have collected one more card and be banned for two games and just when we need players most. To me it did put a slight damper on what was a really good performance, the defence coped so well with our midfield having a bit of a poor time. We must extend Williams loan a.s.a.p. dave from witney
  • Score: 7

9:17pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Yellowlines says...

Well done boys. 100% better than the lacklustre performance at Gateshead. Great defending from all and Ryan Williams was a class act. Upwards and onwards.
Well done boys. 100% better than the lacklustre performance at Gateshead. Great defending from all and Ryan Williams was a class act. Upwards and onwards. Yellowlines
  • Score: 2

11:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Davos P says...

oldun wrote:
We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it?

Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) .

Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
We've just got 150k for winning 2 games that Beano was integral in. Also, we'll get more for 3rd round which will most likely make hmmm now let's see...more than 175k. Still think that's a lot of money to turn down? Are you still working in shillings? And yet you still want more - 25 goals? If he hits that, he's easy worth 500k minimum.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat[/p][/quote]We've just got 150k for winning 2 games that Beano was integral in. Also, we'll get more for 3rd round which will most likely make hmmm now let's see...more than 175k. Still think that's a lot of money to turn down? Are you still working in shillings? And yet you still want more - 25 goals? If he hits that, he's easy worth 500k minimum. Davos P
  • Score: -1

6:41am Wed 11 Dec 13

oldun says...

Davos P wrote:
oldun wrote:
We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it?

Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) .

Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat
We've just got 150k for winning 2 games that Beano was integral in. Also, we'll get more for 3rd round which will most likely make hmmm now let's see...more than 175k. Still think that's a lot of money to turn down? Are you still working in shillings? And yet you still want more - 25 goals? If he hits that, he's easy worth 500k minimum.
Maths was ever my strong point but surely


many other players were also integral in us getting that cash -

please divide it by 11.

£175k is an enormous fee for a player in the 4th tier isn't it

I very much like James - along with a couple of others, he is one of our hardest working players

He is often played as our sole 'spearhead '

and in a top of the table side which is also heading for its 4th match in one of the 3 cup competitions

is getting many chances

and should be getting 25 goals
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: We defended very well . Williams, Mullins and Clarke were excellent. James Constable took superbly his goal (let's have 25 this season) and as usual really worked off his 'parts' . Oh yes 'my pal' - £175 k was a massive fee to turn down for him - wasn't it? Oh dear, in the first half the midfield was totally outplayed by a bottom half Conference team (but not as much so as at it was at Gateshead) . Yes, creative players were missing, but, in the first half - except for the superb Williams , James C had no support. Come on United, win at Charlton but much much more importantly end in the top 3. 3 points on Sat[/p][/quote]We've just got 150k for winning 2 games that Beano was integral in. Also, we'll get more for 3rd round which will most likely make hmmm now let's see...more than 175k. Still think that's a lot of money to turn down? Are you still working in shillings? And yet you still want more - 25 goals? If he hits that, he's easy worth 500k minimum.[/p][/quote]Maths was ever my strong point but surely many other players were also integral in us getting that cash - please divide it by 11. £175k is an enormous fee for a player in the 4th tier isn't it I very much like James - along with a couple of others, he is one of our hardest working players He is often played as our sole 'spearhead ' and in a top of the table side which is also heading for its 4th match in one of the 3 cup competitions is getting many chances and should be getting 25 goals oldun
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Davos P says...

Granted there were other contributors but as you say he's our talisman , captain and he's scored over 100 goals. The fact Lenegans turned it down point blank tells you that is a poor offer. If we didn't have Beano we'd be mid table and I believe along with Mullins and Kitson he's one of the most important player. Also firmly believe that we wouldn't be in the 3rd round without him.
Granted there were other contributors but as you say he's our talisman , captain and he's scored over 100 goals. The fact Lenegans turned it down point blank tells you that is a poor offer. If we didn't have Beano we'd be mid table and I believe along with Mullins and Kitson he's one of the most important player. Also firmly believe that we wouldn't be in the 3rd round without him. Davos P
  • Score: 1

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