10:00am Monday 9th September 2013
Oxford City 1, Colwyn Bay 2
An 89th-minute winner from Colwyn Bay's Daniel Meadowcroft left Oxford City still searching for their first point in Skrill North at Marsh Lane this season, writes Matthew Bruce..
The goal came just minutes after Paul Stonehouse had cancelled out an earlier Meadowcroft strike and appeared to have snatched a point for City.
Neither side had seemed likely to make a breakthrough in what was a scrappy and largely uneventful match and the first half finished goalless.
However, it was the visitors who created the better chances and Robert Hopley should have given them the lead after 20 minutes when he was allowed a free header in the box but couldn’t direct it away from goalkeeper Mark Scott.
Cameron Darkwah was unlucky to see his effort come back off a post shortlyonthe half-hour, after embarking on a lung-busting run down the left wing and shooting past the onrushing Scott with Hopley unable to reach the rebound.
The second half began in an equally scrappy fashion and when Colwyn Bay finally took the lead just before the hour mark it was due to a catalogue of errors from the City defence.
They missed several opportunities to clear the ball from Tom Smyth's long throw-in.
And when Scott allowed it to slip out of his grasp after a mix-up with right-back James Clifton, Meadowcroft stole in to head into the unguarded net.
City showed good spirit after falling behind, but looked unlikely to equalise. A glancing header from Lee Henderson, which drifted harmlessly wide, was the closest they were able to come for the next 25 minutes.
But when the Colwyn Bay defence failed to effectively deal with Clifton’s 87th-minute cross, Stonehouse fired home from the edge of the area and appeared to have secured City a share of the spoils.
However, Colwyn Bay had other ideas and scored the winner in the final minute of normal time when Meadowcroft pounced on a rebound after Scott had got down well to keep out two attempts from Hopley.
The City players complained vociferously that Meadowcroft was offside but the goal stood and they fell to their third consecutive home defeat.
Oxford City: Scott, Clifton, Stonehouse, Malone (Ballard 79), Henderson, Willmott, Williams, McNish (Pond 62), Symonds, Cook (Basham 55), Winters. Subs not usedL Learoyd, Benjamin..
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