JONATHAN Margetts’ 55th-minute strike inflicted a first defeat of the season on Oxford City in their Vanarama Conference North clash at Harrogate Town on Saturday, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.
City created numerous chances against a highly-fancied Harrogate side, but failed to take any of them.
However, it was the hosts, chasing their first win of the season, who carved out the best opportunities in the opening minutes.
Adam Nowakovski went close to putting the home side in front after four minutes, seeing his header blocked on the line.
Moments later, Simon Leni-ghan’s deflected shot drifted narrowly wide and Margetts’ headed effort just missed the target from the resulting cor-ner.
City came back into the game and almost edged themselves in front when Tom Winters’ cross-cum-shot clipped the bar.
Just a minute later Adi Yussuf had an effort blocked in front of goal, but Felipe Barcelos was unable to bring the ball under control quickly enough on the rebound, allowing Harrogate goalkeeper Phil Barnes to snuff out the danger.
The second half was ten minutes old when the hosts finally made the breakthrough.
Margetts latched onto an excellent through ball before slotting home past City keeper Mark Scott and into the bottom left-hand corner.
City continued to threaten as they went in search of an equaliser, committing more men forward the longer the game wore on.
Winters drew a flying save with an excellent curling shot which was heading for the top corner.
And Yussuf was also foiled by the Harrogate keeper as his bobbling attempt was tipped just wide.
But despite carving out a number of good chances City could find no way through as the hosts held on for their first win of the season.
Oxford City: Scott, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Del Alamo, Brown, Green, Barcelos (Afolabi 68), Pond, Yussuf (Wilson 82), Rodriguez, Winters. Subs not used: Malone, Arnau, Henderson.
Referee: S Lucas.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Latest Sport news
12:30pm Monday 5th October 2015
LIAM Sercombe declared he is having the time of his footballing life at Oxford United after scoring two late goals in a 3-1 victory at Accrington Stanley.
11:59am Monday 5th October 2015
Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion for supporters.
8:30am Monday 5th October 2015
MICHAEL Appleton hailed an “almost perfect” week as Oxford United added a 3-1 win at Accrington Stanley to their midweek victory at York City.
8:10am Monday 5th October 2015
JUSTIN Merritt hailed Oxford City after their 4-0 win at Chelmsford City in Vanarama National League South.
8:00am Monday 5th October 2015
Abingdon United extended their goalless run to three gameswhen they lost 4-0 away to Binfield in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday.
7:30am Monday 5th October 2015
OXFORD United’s clinical edge in the final third was key to their victory, according to beaten Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman.
7:00am Monday 5th October 2015
A superb first-half hat-trick by Morgan Williams gave North Leigh a 4-2 victory away to Bishops Cleeve in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
7:00am Monday 5th October 2015
Dominant Oxford City hit four second-half goals at Chelmsford City to strengthen their hold on second place in Vanarama National League South with a 4-0 win.
12:00pm Sunday 4th October 2015
SEE the key moments as Oxford United won for the second time on the road in the space of five days with a 3-1 success at Accrington Stanley.
4:57pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
LIAM Sercombe scored twice in the final 11 minutes to give Oxford United their second away victory in five days.