OXFORD Downs and Horspath are both targeting a tilt at the John Goodman Cup as they clash on the final day of the regular campaign.

Downs are fourth in the table heading into tomorrow’s fixture, while their hosts are just two points behind in seventh.

After this weekend, first will play fourth and second face third next weekend, before the winners contest the Cup on September 19.

It is a similar situation with the teams from fifth to eighth, who compete for the John Goodman Plate.

Downs claimed an excellent win over Henley last weekend and captain Tom Costley believes confidence is high.

He said: “I’ve said to the boys that if we can get it to click we can be a serious side.

“But what’s happened has happened and we know Horspath are going to be no pushovers.

“We seem to be coming up against a lot of very strong teams, but we’re in the same position so hopefully they’ll be looking at us in the same way.”

George Sandbach is back in the only change, with Will Watts dropping out.

Horspath are in a rich vein of form themselves, having won their last four matches.

Captain Lloyd Belcher said: “I’m really proud of how the team has bounced back from the first few weeks of the season.

“Despite no promotion and relegation, it’s still a great opportunity to take something positive into 2021.”

The home side make three changes, with Robbie Eason, Dom O’Connor and Angus Livingstone making way for Jimmy Phillips, Tom Coleman and Max Smith.

Elsewhere, Banbury can seal a top eight place if they beat Thame Town in another Oxfordshire derby.

Lloyd Sabin’s men were the early pacesetters but have slid down the table in recent weeks and the captain did not mince his words.

He said: “It’s been a bit of a wake-up call that we need to be better next year.”

Oli Wright is available after completing his quarantine period following a holiday in France.

A win for Thame would give them a great chance of finishing in the top four, due to Henley playing High Wycombe.

Banbury were leapfrogged by Aston Rowant last weekend, with the latter entertaining Tring Park tomorrow.

Captain Josh Smith played down the importance of the match, for which Rowant will be without James Coles and Adam Muttitt, while Dom Whatman comes in.

The skipper said: “I’d like to be in the top four, but I’m happy we’ve played pretty consistent cricket.

“There’s a little less pressure, but we’ll be going out to win another game of cricket and that doesn’t change.”

Ollie Mace replaces Kasim Nawaz for Oxford’s trip to Chesham.

The visitors cannot finish in the top eight, but captain Jamie Perkin has learnt a lot from the season.

He said: “It’s given us the chance to see where we’re strong and where we need to improve.

“We should have been a lot closer than we are as we threw away three games we should have won, but that comes with experience.

“We’ve finished the season in a much better state than we started which is only a positive.”


Aston Rowant (v Tring Park, home): Reid, Whatman, Smith, Fitzjohn, Watling, Pritchard, Bethell, Mannering, Morrick, Chapman.

Banbury (v Thame Town, away): from White, Whiteley, Wright, Hill, Sabin, Clarke, Phillips, Rana, Eaton, Thomas, Manley, Short.

Horspath (v Oxford Downs, home): Phillips, Coleman, Turner, Sehgal, Ward,Green, W Eason, Hawtin, Beer, Belcher, Smith.

Oxford (v Chesham, away): Mackay-Champion, Carey, Mathews, Tait, Ramalingam, Swanepoel, Perkin, Musk, Keat, Bridson, Mace.

Oxford Downs (v Horspath, away): Crouch, Smith, Cosford, Ellwood, Costley, Sandbach, Maslen, Slatter, Warner, Brock, Rivett.

Thame Town (v Banbury, home): Ebsworth-Burland, Meer, Adams, C Russell, Mushtaq, Bamford, A Russell, Jelfs, Sutcliffe, Rooney.