Stuart Cattell made a dream debut with the goal which set Oxford City on the way to a 2-0 victory against Brook House in Division 1 South & West at Courth Place Farm.

The centre half, signed from Wycombe Wanderers, opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he headed Stephen Davis's free-kick into the top corner.

It was just reward for City, who had played some neat football up to that stage.

City goalkeeper Carl Wilkins, marking his return after a long absence through injury, had pushed an early effort from Brook House behind for a corner.

But City gradually took charge, and striker Anthony Alleyne should have done better when shrugging off the challenge of a defender only to shoot off target.

Alleyne then came agonisingly close to turning home Alex Stewart's centre.

After Cattell broke the deadlock, City continued to enjoy most of the play, although the visitors came more into the game in the second half.

Wilkins made crucial saves from Chris Owens to deny Brook House an equaliser.

It looked as if Cattell's strike was going to be enough for City.

City made sure of victory in injury time when Mark Jones was tripped in the area and City were awarded a penalty.

This sparked strong protests from Brook House, who had Dan White dismissed for a second yellow card and a number of his teammates cautioned as well.

When the penalty was finally taken, Jones saw his spot-kick saved by Joe Caulfield.

But the referee ordered it to be retaken following encroachment into the area, and this time Jones sent Caulfield the wrong way from the spot.

Oxford City: Wilkins, Durrant, Davis, Lane, Cattell, Malone, Jones, Griffin, Stewart (Chakaodza 67), Alleyne, Rendell (Bell 76). Subs not used: Lewis, Janes, Ford.

Attendance: 131.