OXFORD City Stars have drafted in emergency netminder cover for this weekend’s double-header – after both regular keepers suffered injuries last week.

Netminders Milan Ronai and Mark Duffy both picked up injuries in the 8-1 win at Lee Valley on Saturday, which kept Stars on top of English National League South Division 2.

Head coach Kenny Redmond moved swiftly to draft in 41-year-old Jamie Thompson to play between the pipes for today’s trip to Invicta and tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited derby match at home to Swindon Wildcats.

Thompson has been playing recreational hockey this season and previously turned out for the Stars.

Redmond said: “Milan and Mike have been brilliant for us this season and hopefully they won’t be out for too long.

“Jamie is a dependable keeper and we were fortunate he was available.”

It comes amid an injury crisis for the Stars, with Andy Cox, Dax Hedges and Josh Florey all ruled out and Conor Redmond and Theo Bundock both rated only 50-50.

As a result Stars will give first-team debuts to two juniors tomorrow – teenage forwards Harry Harrison and Griff Eden-Parrish.

They follow junior players Ikin, Harrison and Bundock in making their Stars debuts this season.

Redmond said: “We promote youth development at Oxford and it will be excellent for their development to be part of the set-up this weekend.”

Stars are hoping for a sell-out for the Swindon game, which will be attended by Oxford United striking legend James Constable.