Oxford City are set to give a debut to keeper Nick Townsend at Stalybridge Celtic in Blue Square Bet North tonight.

Townsend, 18, who is on loan from Birmingham City, rep-laces Matt Ingram, who has been recalled by Wycombe.

Boss Mike Ford said it was important his side got off to a good start, having not played a league game for three weeks.

“We need to get out of the traps quickly,” he commented.

“Stalybridge have lost eight matches at home, so I want us to go there and attack them.

“I would say the match is 50-50 to go-ahead.”

North Leigh’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West derby against Didcot Town at Eynsham Park is in serious doubt due to the big freeze.

The pitch is covered with snow and is frozen underneath.


Oxford City (v Stalybridge Celtic, away): from Townsend, Stonehouse, Willmott, Learoyd, Stanley, Benjamin, Pond, McNish, Barcelos, Holgate, Cook, Bell, Malone, Mulvany, Gunn, McEachran.

North Leigh (v Didcot Tn, home): from Warrell, Turk, Clark, Westlake, Hole, Walcott, Bowles, Brooks, Sanders, Mills, Alexis, Caton, McDonagh.

Didcot Tn (v North Leigh, away): from Griffiths, Heapy, Stanley, Bernasconi, Allaway, McKirnan, M Williams, Osborne-Ricketts, Meade, Carnell, Janes, Elkins, Wray.