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.
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.
4:31pm Sunday 29th March 2015
London Welsh 14 (tries Reynolds, Fonua; cons Roberts, Robinson)
12:54pm Sunday 29th March 2015
WATCH the key moments from Oxford United's 2-1 victory against Carlisle United at the Kassam Stadium.
7:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015
Relegation seemed only a formality for London Welsh and it turned out to be the case as Bath came away from Oxford’s Kassam Stadium with a 29-14 victory yesterday, writes JACK JOHNSON.
6:14pm Saturday 28th March 2015
4:57pm Saturday 28th March 2015
KYLE Vassell came off the bench to score within five minutes of his debut and give Oxford United a priceless victory at the Kassam Stadium.
1:54pm Saturday 28th March 2015
All the news from Oxford United's crunch clash with Carlisle United at the Kassam Stadium.
9:30am Saturday 28th March 2015
Michael Appleton will make a late call on his line-up, with a decision to be made on whether Callum O’Dowda is fit to start the crunch home clash with Carlisle United this afternoon.
9:00am Saturday 28th March 2015
Chief executive Mark Ashton has called on supporters to ‘pack the Kassam’ for Oxford United’s next two crunch Sky Bet League Two clashes.
8:00am Saturday 28th March 2015
Magdalen College School have been selected as one of only four teams to represent Great Britain in the Team Racing World Championships at Rutland Sailing Club from July 19-24.
8:00am Saturday 28th March 2015
Didcot ace Elliot Harvey recovered from a slow start to win the Whitton Mill Kart Club Championship held near Daventry.