RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford are looking for a response

5:30am Friday 13th June 2014

OXFORD RL aim to bounce back from their 36-22 defeat against Gateshead Thunder when they host London Skolars on Sunday (3).

But despite a third straight loss, they are only five points off the Kingstone Press Championship One play-offs.

Coach Tony Benson is confident his side can get it right.

“I am not concerned at all as we have been playing some really good stuff,” he said.

Skipper Alex Thompson could return after illness, while Jimmy Rowland (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.

But Chris Clarke (rib) and Luke Evans (muscle) are out.

Oxford RL: Baird, Benson, Bentley, Blaney, Briggs, Brooker, Connick, Crabtree, Davies, Ellison , Hadden, Hayles, Hoggins, S Morris, Mulkeen, Osborn, Rowland, Rice, Sharratt, Temata, Thompson, Newton, Winfield.

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Ashby's Oxford United debut is a matter of timing - Appleton

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

JOSH Ashby is good enough to play in Oxford United’s side right now, but the teenager knows his time will come, according to head coach Michael Appleton.

Worried Hartlepool boss compares Oxford United to Real Madrid after scouting trip

Oxford Mail:

9:40am Friday 19th December 2014

RONNIE Moore is braced for a tough first game in charge of Hartlepool United after comparing opponents Oxford United to Real Madrid.

Oxford United striker John Campbell is keen to make his mark at Hartlepool

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 19th December 2014

John Campbell admits it would be difficult to keep his kit on if he was able to make an impact on debut for Oxford United tomorrow.

Interactive match preview: Appleton and Hylton on goals; Moore likens United to Real Madrid; Howard's future; Ashby; club stalwart departs + video

Oxford Mail:

9:34am Friday 19th December 2014

Get ready for kick-off with our interactive preview of Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool

Barren run in front of goal not affecting Oxford United's top scorer

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 19th December 2014

THERE were times earlier this season when it felt like Danny Hylton was scoring in every game, but Oxford United’s top scorer is not getting weighed down by a sudden barren run in front of goal.

Appleton puts faith in his poachers to improve Oxford United's goal return

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 19th December 2014

FINDING a predator to turn dominance into goals has been an Achilles’ heel for Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton is hopeful two candidates will emerge over the festive period.

Oxford United lay on three free supporter coaches for Hartlepool trip

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 19th December 2014

ABOUT 150 supporters have taken advantage of Oxford United’s offer of free transport to tomorrow’s game at Hartlepool United.

FOOTBALL: North Leigh boss Mark Gee is wary of Wantage threat

Oxford Mail: North Leigh boss Mark Gee is confident his side will be stronger next season

7:30am Friday 19th December 2014

North Leigh boss Mark Gee admitted he is ‘wary’ of struggling Wantage Town as his side travel to Alfredian Park in Division 1 South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League tomorrow, writes Matthew Bruce.

FOOTBALL: Kidlington hit by new blow

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:20am Friday 19th December 2014

A calf injury to Dan Gardner has exacerbated Kidlington’s injury concerns ahead of the visit of Highworth Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City boss Justin Merritt wants Greg Pearson to boost their play-off push

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Friday 19th December 2014

Oxford City boss Justin Merritt is targeting a Vanarama Conference North play-off finish after seeing rival teams fail to take advantage of games in hand, writes Matthew Bruce.

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