OXFORD United youth team player Aidan Hawtin could not have expected to be at the centre of one of the big incidents in Saturday’s derby clash.

But the 16-year-old, from Bicester, found himself just that.

Acting as a ball boy in front of the Oxford Mail stand, Hawtin was grabbed and kicked by Matt Ritchie after the Swindon man felt Hawtin was taking too long to return the ball to goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

“He tried to grab the ball off me and kicked me as well,” Hawtin said.

The Oxford Mail stand gave him a huge ovation for his efforts, which saw Ritchie booked for his antics.

The Swindon man did apologise to Hawtin at the final whistle, however.