OXFORD City ended a run of three successive defeats with a goalless draw at home to Southend United.

Hoops head coach Ross Jenkins gave debuts to goalkeeper Tom Watson, who joined on loan from Wigan Athletic, and centre back Brooklyn Kabongolo, who arrived at City as a free agent.

The hosts had the ball in the net after the half hour mark, however Renny Smith was flagged offside.

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Aaron Williams-Bushell was then denied by a low save from Collin Andeng-Ndi, while Watson spread himself well to thwart Harry Cardwell at the other end.

The second half saw Adam Crowther hit the crossbar from inside the penalty box, before Josh Ashby crashed a 35-yard effort against the bar, when he looked to capitalise on a poor clearance from Andeng-Ndi.

The visiting keeper produced a stunning save to deny Williams-Bushell, before Nathan Ralph was shown a second yellow card for the away side.

The Hoops remain bottom of Vanarama National League, and are seven points adrift of safety.

Banbury United were beaten 3-1 at Buxton, with Jake Wright and a Connor Kirby penalty giving the home side a 2-0 lead at the break.

Kirby secured his brace after the hour mark, before Ken Charles scored a late consolation for the Puritans, who are 18th in National League North, and five points clear of the drop zone.

Bottom side Didcot Town lost 1-0 at home to Beaconsfield Town in Southern League Premier South.

In Southern League Central Division, Kidlington lost 2-0 at AFC Dunstable, while Thame United were beaten 3-1 at Leighton Town.