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Farnborough 1 Oxford United 2

Farnborough 1 Oxford United 2

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TEENAGERS James Roberts and Josh Ashby were on target to get Oxford United off to a winning start in pre-season.

After a sleepy first half at Farnborough, the game burst into life in the final 20 minutes after Roberts opened the scoring.

Ashby curled in a free-kick to double the advantage, but the lead was immediately cut when Lucas Enrique spectacularly scored from long range at the kick-off.

With the exception of Ashby, who played the full 90 minutes, the visitors fielded different sides in each half.

Several first-team players, including new signing Danny Hylton, David Hunt and Josh Ruffels sat out the trip with minor niggles.

Triallist Gozie Ugwu, released from Reading at the end of last season, led the line, but clear chances were at a premium before the break.

United's best moment came just after the half hour mark, when a neat move saw Tyrone Marsh whip in a low cross.

Ugwu just failed to make contact and was in just the wrong place to block Danny Rose's volley when Freddie Grant turned the ball back into the area.

United's second half team had more joy going forward and Ashby had already hit the post with a free-kick when they broke the deadlock 19 minutes from time.

Miles Welch-Hayes got in down the right and crossed for the striker, who punched the air after finding the back of the net with a firm, first-time finish.

Ashby made it 2-0 with a set piece, but United were stung within seconds as Brazilian Enrique beat triallist goalkeeper Liam Roberts from within his own half.

United had chances to make the game safe late on, but were happy to claim a slender victory on an afternoon when they did not pick up any new injuries.

Oxford Utd 1st half: Crocombe, Bevans, Raynes, Wright, Grant, Hawtin, Ashby, Rose, Ugwu, Shama, Marsh.

Oxford Utd 2nd half: L Roberts, Welch-Hayes, Mullins, Long, Newey, Hayden, Ashby, Potter, Kitson, Humphreys, J Roberts.

Farnborough: Granger, Rodgers, Treacher, Fearn, Siaw, Ferrell, Shaw, Ball, Benjamin, Taylor, Webb.

Subs: Page, Enrique, Ferniola, Debayo, O'Hara, Walden, Brown, Williams, Nelson, Lucas.

Attendance: 278.

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4:22pm Sat 12 Jul 14

BigAlBiker says...

Those pesky teenagers scoring goals, anybody would think we have a team?
Those pesky teenagers scoring goals, anybody would think we have a team? BigAlBiker
  • Score: -19

5:28pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

A wins a win, it won't mean much come the season but despite all the negativity that surrounded the club up till the past week, it's a good start by the young lads. We still need signings though!
A wins a win, it won't mean much come the season but despite all the negativity that surrounded the club up till the past week, it's a good start by the young lads. We still need signings though! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 21

6:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

dorsetyellows says...

Encouraging signs from this performance today , but u don't win anything
With just kids and old men . Need a midfield desperately , Mullins and potter looked sharp , wright still seems unhappy , and don't pick a fight with our new manager or else !!!!
Encouraging signs from this performance today , but u don't win anything With just kids and old men . Need a midfield desperately , Mullins and potter looked sharp , wright still seems unhappy , and don't pick a fight with our new manager or else !!!! dorsetyellows
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Sun 13 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Wright ought to sling his hook,his attitude puts the rest f the team on a downer.........oent Wilder wat to buy the wan##r??
Wright ought to sling his hook,his attitude puts the rest f the team on a downer.........oent Wilder wat to buy the wan##r?? kiddyboy
  • Score: -9

7:34am Mon 14 Jul 14

Oxokuba says...

pre season games mean very little and are not usually an indication of what lies ahead. I'd like to see new signings soon. Encouraging to see youngsters cutting their teeth and doing well.
pre season games mean very little and are not usually an indication of what lies ahead. I'd like to see new signings soon. Encouraging to see youngsters cutting their teeth and doing well. Oxokuba
  • Score: 4

2:54pm Mon 14 Jul 14

RocketMan says...

Good signs to see the youngsters perform well. Not much shape or meaning otherwise. Not much time to see decent signings bed in.
Good signs to see the youngsters perform well. Not much shape or meaning otherwise. Not much time to see decent signings bed in. RocketMan
  • Score: 1

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