FOOTBALL: Duo return for City with boss Merritt calling for more of the same

Jose Lapoujade is hoping to be fit to take on AFC Fylde at Marsh Lane tomorrow

Jose Lapoujade is hoping to be fit to take on AFC Fylde at Marsh Lane tomorrow

First published in Non League Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor. Call me on 01865 425451

DARREN Mullings and Alejandro-Adrian Santiago return from suspension as Oxford City look to get back to winning ways at home to AFC Fylde tomorrow.

The duo have served three and one-game bans respectively following dismissals earlier this season.

And with full back Jose Lapoujade also hoping to be fit, general manager Justin Merritt has a near full-strength squad available.

City’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a 1-0 defeat at Harrogate Town last Saturday, but Merritt was encouraged by the display, despite the result.

“It was a massive step forward in terms of performance,” he said.

“We played some great football, but I just feel we are not having the rub of the green at the moment.

“We had a team meeting last Thursday night about how we want to do things and how we are trying to play, and it was great to see the players taking that on board.

“If we repeat that level of display, and add the extra 20 per cent that I feel we have still to come, we can be right in there.”

Although City have started the season brightly, Merritt is hoping that if his players stay clear of injuries and suspensions there will be plenty more to enthuse about.

“For one reason or another, I have not been able to pick the same team for consecutive matches,” he added.

“We have the two players back from suspension for Saturday and are hoping Jose will be fit too.

“Once they are back, hopefully things will settle down and we can really push on.”

AFC Fylde, promoted from the Northern Premier last season, are fifth in the table.

They are managed by Dave Challinor, known by football fans for a huge long throw.

“They have had a great start and will be tough,” Merritt said.

“We have had them watched, but I’m interested in what we do rather than our opponents.”

TOMORROW’S SQUAD

Oxford City (v AFC Fylde, home): from Scott, Benjamin, Lapoujade, Malone, Pond, Brown, Rodriguez, Wilson, Mullings, Santiago, Del Alamo, Winters, Stonehouse, Green, Afolabi, Barcelos, Yussuf, Arnau.

  • 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

Oxford United stage comeback to beat Swindon Town

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

3:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

JAMES Roberts came off the bench to score the winner as Oxford United came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Swindon Town at Roman Way.

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

Woeful Oxford United Women battered by Reading

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A lacklustre Oxford United Women suffered a 5-0 thrashing at local rivals Reading, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Brooks gets nominated for player of the year

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Jack Brooks said being nominated for the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) player of the year was an added bonus to a great season.

FOOTBALL: Murombedzi back at Banbury after trial spells

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Midfielder Shepherd Murombedzi has returned to Banbury United following unsuccessful trials with Leyton Orient and Mansfield Town.

HOCKEY: Battling Hawks lose out to national stars

Oxford Mail: Oxford Hawks Ethan Chapman gets airborne against Oxford University

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford Hawks put in a superb battling performance as they lost 5-2 at home to National Premier League side Hampstead & Westminster in the second round of the NOW: Pensions Cup on Sunday.

RUGBY UNION: Henley outgun Southend but slip to second

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NATIONAL 2 SOUTH

MOTORSPORT: Plato doubts title chances despite Silverstone joy

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

JASON Plato kept the British Touring Car Championship title race alive with two wins at Silverstone, but the Oxford driver believes it is too late for him to catch leader Colin Turkington.

RUGBY UNION:

Oxford Mail: Oxford Harlequins full back Jack Robinson races through for one of his six tries during the 79-7 hammering of Swindon that sent Quins top

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NATIONAL 3 SOUTH WEST

DARTS: Holly's maximums set up first Premier title for Green

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

KIDLINGTON Green Social Club B clinched their first Premier Section title as they won 5-4 at nearest challengers Windrush Social Club.

 

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree