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.

Battling Oxford United bow out of FA Youth Cup at Manchester City

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9:08pm Thursday 18th December 2014

OXFORD United pushed Manchester City all the way as they were edged out of the FA Youth Cup 2-0 in the third round.

Oxford United's young guns relishing Manchester City clash

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9:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

OXFORD United’s rising stars will get a taste of the big time tonight as they attempt a giant-killing against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup (7).

AUNT SALLY: Townsend hits six for Cricketers

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GEOFF Townsend hit a six in his 14 dolls as Cricketers whitewashed Garsington B 6-0 in the Molson Coor Gladiator Friday League.

BAR BILLIARDS: Pincombe triumphs after epic encounter

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8:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

BOB Pincombe reached the second round of the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford League’s Men’s individual event after a thrilling win over Chris Bateman, writes PETE EWINS.

F1 fans race in to snap up Marussia souvenirs in Banbury factory auction

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

FORMER show cars from the collapsed Oxfordshire Formula 1 team Marussia sold for a total of £106,000 at a two-day auction.

RACING: Grandads Horse surprises Charlie Longsdon

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon admitted even he was surprised by Grandads Horse’s recent winning run after the gelding’s heart-stopping victory at Doncaster.

RUGBY UNION: Saar stars as Banbury rally

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Thursday 18th December 2014

Hugh Saar bagged a brace of tries as Banbury Under 18s A finished with a flourish to win 33-14 at Newbury in OBB League Division 1.

ATHLETICS: Amend defends ladies' crown

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

SAMANTHA Amend defended her ladies’ title at the Andy Reading 10k race.

BOWLS: Oxon A are swept aside

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7:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

Oxfordshire A were beaten 27-13 by Avon A in the English Short Mat Bowling Association’s Inter County Competition at Bristol.

FOOTBALL: Scotland star Anya so grateful to Oxford City spell

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

Ikechi Anya admitted he might never have achieved such considerable success as a professional footballer if not for his spell at Oxford City, writes Matthew Bruce.

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