FOOTBALL: Win puts Oxford City in pole position for play-offs

Declan Benjamin opened the scoring for City

Declan Benjamin opened the scoring for City

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Oxford City got their promotion challenge right back on track in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win at rain-soaked Frome Town.

The victory sent Mike Ford’s men soaring up the table into second place behind champions Brackley, leading the four clubs contesting the play-off places.

And if they stay there, they will have home advantage in both the play-off semi-finals and final.

City are away to mid-table Hitchin on Saturday.

Playing their third fixture in five days and anxious to put Monday’s night’s 2-0 defeat at Hemel Hempstead behind them, City had to contend with some trying conditions in the first half at the Aldersmith.

Faced by driving rain and a galeforce wind, they came under early pressure as Josh Brigham and Luke Ballinger both went close for the Somerset outfit.

The visitors began to make their mark on the game and took the lead on 33 minutes. Declan Benjamin let fly with an effort from 20 yards which struck a defender and deflected over the head of keeper Eddie Quelch.

Three minutes later, City doubled their advantage when Marvin Martin’s corner was met by Steve Basham, whose excellent header found the back of the net.

Chances were few and far between in the second half, but City’s lead was rarely threatened.

And they made sure of all three points four minutes from time when substitute Aaron Woodley netted their third goal from close range.

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