Manager Mike Ford is set to turn to experienced striker Jamie Cook in a bid to spark Oxford City’s season when they visit Bradford Park Avenue in Skrill North tomorrow.

City, like their Yorkshire opponents, are still seeking their first win after four games.

Ford feels that his side have suffered from a lack of creativity.

And he’s hoping that Cook, who was an unused substitute in Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Brackley Town on Monday, can provide the missing ingredient.

He said: “I think when you experience periods of a season when things are not quite going your way, it is really important that you have good senior players.

“Someone like Jamie can win a game on his own and I am looking to play him on Saturday.

“We need to be more creative in forward areas, and we need a bit more pace in there as well.

“He has fantastic ability and I am looking for him to link up with his strike partner and cause the opposition problems.”

Tom Winters played against Brackley after his hamstring injury turned out to be an irritating nerve problem.

He is again included and French winger Adam Maabdi is added to the squad, Meanwhile, Ford is resigned to the likelihood that Felipe Barcelos will play no part this season.

City’s boss said he understood the Brazilian striker had signed for Italian League Division 4 side Santhia, although they hadn’t seen him on the club’s players’ list and had yet to receive an application for international clearance.

“It is not clear what the situation is,” said Ford. “But we don’t expect him back, and we have got to plan that he is not here this season.”

Ford, who is looking to bolster his squad, added that City planned to persue compensation for Barcelos.


Oxford City: from Scott, Clifton, Stonehouse, Ballard, Learoyd, Willmott, Pond, Malone, Symons, Basham, Cook, Winters, Skendi, Benjamin, McNish, Green , Maabdi.