PORTSMOUTH 1, OXFORD UNITED 4
THE mother of all opening day victories provided the launchpad for an excellent start to the season.
Patrick Agyemang headed Portsmouth in front, but Alfie Potter turned the game on its head.
The winger dazzled, setting up two goals for Deane Smalley and bagging another double for himself as Pompey were dismantled to the delight of 2,500 away fans.
MANSFIELD 1, OXFORD UNITED 3
UNITED looked genuine title contenders as Mansfield were outplayed.
Dave Kitson delivered a masterclass, none more so than with a wonder pass which led to James Constable scoring his 100th U’s goal.
- James Constable celebrates bringing up a century of U's goals at Mansfield
The victory took Chris Wilder’s men top, where they stayed for a month.
OXFORD UNITED 1, TORQUAY 0
A MEDIOCRE game was memorable for the muddled post-match intrigue over Chris Wilder’s exit.
After a lengthy delay, chairman Ian Lenagan came out and uttered the now famous line: “I’ve just looked in his office and he’s not there, but it would appear he has resigned.”
Wilder refuted the claims, but by Monday he was at Northampton.
NEWPORT 3, OXFORD UNITED 2
A 16-GAME unbeaten away run away was the backbone to United’s challenge, but the collapse was triggered when it came to an end.
United, who had despatched Mansfield 3-0 three days’ earlier, were never the same again.
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1, OXFORD UNITED 0
CONFIDENCE was low, but United scrapped to what looked like a hard-earned point in Gary Waddock’s second game.
They were denied in the cruellest fashion on 89 minutes, as a hopeful shot went in via Michael Raynes and Matt Bevans.
A heated altercation between Jake Wright and a supporter only deepened the gloom.
OXFORD UNITED 0, YORK CITY 1
DESPITE the wretched form, a win on Good Friday would have put the U’s in pole position for the play-offs.
The game was decided on a disputed penalty, but the hosts created little as York seized their chance and didn’t look back.
- Ryan Williams rues a missed chance in the crunch game against York