FOOTBALL: Unlucky Oxford City fall to late deflection

Jamie Cook scored twice from the spot

Jamie Cook scored twice from the spot

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OXFORD City gave Skrill North leaders North Ferriby United a fright before going down to a 3-2 defeat they did not deserve at Marsh Lane last night.

Two Jamie Cook penalties brought City level at 2-2, but a cruel deflection gave the visitors the winner which dropped Mike Ford’s men into the relegation places.

North Ferriby went ahead on six minutes when Anthony Wilson’s header beat keeper Matt Scott.

Ryan Kendall doubled the lead on 17 minutes and although City went close when Darren Pond’s effort was cleared off the line, they went in 2-0 down at the break.

City more than matched the visitors in the second half, pulling one back when Mark Bell was brought down and Cook obliged from the spot.

He did the same two minutes later after Lee Henderson was tripped, but Wilson’s deflected goal decided it.

Oxford City: Scott, Benjamin (Symons 82), Stonehouse, Pook (Malone 60), Henderson, Willmott, Bell, Pond, Jackson, Cook (McEachran 75), Winters.

Subs not used: Learoyd, Ballard.

Attendance: 135.

North Leigh picked up their first win in seven attempts as they saw off Bishops Cleeve 2-1 in Calor League in Division 1 South & West at Eynsham Park.

James Dobson fired them in front after eight minutes from a Conor McDonagh cross.

Jon Else made it 2-0 after a goalmouth scramble on 67 minutes and although Bishops pulled one back via James Lee with five minutes left, the Millers held on.

l Didcot Town will be at full strength at Swindon Supermarine in Division 1 South & West tonight as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Stratford.

Didcot Tn: from Foster, Parish, Woodley, Carnell, Abbassi, Franklin, Dutton-Black, Heapy, Ofori, Mills, Whitehead, Haysham, Longford, Thorne, McKirnan, Baines.

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