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.

Mullins backs O'Dowda to hit the heights

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

CALLUM O’Dowda has all the attributes to progress and play at a higher level, according to Oxford United teammate Johnny Mullins.

ATHLETICS: Fernandez and Pank rule the roost

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

PAUL Fernandez and Michelle Pank powered to dominant victories at the Finstock 10K.

BAR BILLIARDS: Trophies for Vikings and Bletchingdon

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

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Vikings A and Bletchingdon Club received their Oxford Summer League trophies at the annual presentation night.

BOWLS: Headington B in trophy triumph

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Headington B went undefeated to chalk up a record-breaking success in the Summertown Trophy at Banbury Chestnuts.

BOWLS: Borough & Bloxham claim Top Club title

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

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A combined Banbury Borough and Bloxham side took the Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club title with an aggregate shots win over Shiplake at Oxford City & County.

BOWLS: Oxfordshire storm home

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

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Oxfordshire's men came within a whisker of a clean sweep of rink wins as they beat Worcestershire 131-100 in a friendly at Chipping Norton.

ICE HOCKEY: Flakey Stars in double defeat despite 99 shots

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Oxford City Stars suffered a brace of defeats on the opening weekend of the English National League South Division 1 season – despite having an incredible 99 shots on goal.

ATHLETICS: Bunn to scale new heights

Oxford Mail: Fiona Bunn clocked the sixth fastest time at Mansfield

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

FIONA Bunn will compete for England at Saturday’s British and Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships.

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor sign up Pirate Parker

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

CHINNOR have signed back-row forward Jake Parker on loan from Greene King IPA Championship club Cornish Pirates.

Smith keeps the faith as Welsh look to stop the rot

Oxford Mail:

6:50am Thursday 18th September 2014

DEFENCE coach Ollie Smith admits it has been a testing start to the season, but is backing London Welsh to put things right.

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