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.

Oxford United have transfer bid accepted for striker Tyrone Barnett

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It was pure instinct, says Oxford United saviour James Roberts

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JAMES Roberts said it was a huge relief to get off the mark in front of Oxford United’s home fans and admitted his superb equaliser was down to pure instinct.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell proud of equalling best finish

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Overjoyed Josh Ashby had no warning of Oxford United debut

Oxford Mail: Josh Ashby

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Michael Appleton praises his young Oxford United guns

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 26th January 2015

Michael Appleton took pride in the character his young Oxford United side showed to bounce back from conceding a late goal and claim a 2-2 draw against Exeter City.

FOOTBALL: McDonagh hat-trick boosts Thame United in easy victory

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CONOR McDonagh scored his first goals for Thame United with a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over Wootton Bassett Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division at the ASM Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City crash to a heavy defeat after keeper Salva's early red card

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 26th January 2015

Goalkeeper Salva de la Cruz was sent off after just six minutes as Oxford City were beaten 3-0 at home by high-flying Barrow in Vanarama Conference North on Saturday, writes Matthew Bruce.

Rowland Phillips: It was just too little, too late for London Welsh

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 26th January 2015

Rowland Phillips was disappointed and frustrated that London Welsh were unable to get their first win of the season, against Lyon, and admitted the fightback had been “too little, too late”, writes SIMON WILLIAMS.

FOOTBALL: McKeon's double brings Carterton gritty victory

Oxford Mail: football generic

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Sean McKeon scored in the first minute of each half to give Carterton a 2-1 victory at home to New College Swindon in Division 1 West.

FOOTBALL: Salva's dismissal so unfair says Oxford City coach

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 26th January 2015

Referee Andy Hendley was not a popular figure at Oxford City following his controversial decision to send off City goalkeeper Salva de la Cruz just six minutes into their 3-0 defeat at home to Barrow in Vanarama Conference North, writes Matthew Bruce.

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