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Match Preview and Guide | Oxford City (A)

William Bewsey
9:47am, Thu 9th Nov 2023
Oxford City v Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 11th November 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking will hope to get their league campaign back on track when they travel to newly promoted Oxford City on Saturday.

Following last week's disappointment at Ramsgate, Darren Sarll will hope that his side produce the adequate response against a struggling side and close the gap on those above them. With players such as Jim Kellermann and Reece Grego-Cox not available last week, Woking will hope that they are both fit for the trip down to Marsh Lane, even if it is on a 3G pitch.

Opposition Watch
Promoted through the National League South playoffs after a thumping 4-0 win against St Albans in May, Oxford City were tipped by many to go down and not put up much of a fight. So when Ross Jenkins' side went seven unbeaten between mid August and late September, it was a surprise to some. The problem, however, was that just two of those seven were wins, and just one has followed since, meaning the Hoops have just 14 points from 18 games.

Improvements to the squad in the summer included defender Tafari Moore from St Albans, forward Pierre Fonkeu from Dartford and Fulham loanee Oliver Sanderson, who has been one of the Hoops' key players this season with five goals from midfield. However, the main man for Jenkins' side is undoubtably Josh Parker, with the veteran striker scoring eight in 17 games so far this season.

With seven defeats in their last eight, this is yet another potential banana skin for the Cards, as was Dagenham when they were on a similarly dire run of form. However, Oxford City's home form is somewhat respectable, with three wins, one draw and five defeats, and those three wins have all been by at least a three goal margin. Which one of Ross Jenkins' sides will turn up on Saturday? Woking will hope it's not the one that dismantled Hartlepool, Boreham Wood and AFC Fylde at Marsh Lane.

Last Time Out
There was drama when these two sides met in March 2019, as a last minute Harvey Bradbury winner gave the Cards a crucial 2-1 win at Marsh Lane after Armani Little had cancelled out Kabongo Tshimanga's opener. Woking did the double over Oxford that season, winning 3-2 in mid August at the Laithwaite thanks to goals from Max Kretzschmar, Jake Hyde and Paul Hodges.

Three previous FA Trophy meetings saw Woking victorious at home 1-0 in 2016, whilst in 2015 the Cards were taken to a replay after a 2-2 away draw, eventually winning 2-1 at home.

Around the Ground

Marsh Lane is easily accessible by car, being just off the main A40 road in Oxford, with a free car park at the ground. However, the ground is located in Marston, which doesn't have many nearby amenities, and Oxford train station is three miles away.

The Cards Trust are running a coach and there are spaces available, information is available here.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £17
65+ - £12
Blue Light Workers - £12
Student - £5
U17 - £5

Tickets are available here.

You can also pay on the gate with cash or card, but prices increase by £1 on the day.

Match Report | Hoops run rings around sorry Cards

William Bewsey
5:00pm, Sat 11th Nov 2023
Oxford City 3-2 Woking
Vanarama National League
11th November 2023

Woking returned to league action with a trip to newly promoted Oxford City. Darren Sarll made two changes to the side beaten by Ramsgate last week, with the injured Timi Odusina replaced by Greg Taylor, whilst Charlie Wakefield dropped to the bench in place of Padraig Amond.

A strong start from the Cards saw in-form Dennon Lewis cut inside and fire just wide of the near post inside the first five minutes as the Woking press caused trouble for the Oxford defence. However, a big mistake on 13 minutes saw the hosts take the lead. A backpass to Will Jaaskelainen was hit against an Oxford player, who passed to Zac McEachran, and he finished calmly into the vacant Woking net.

Four minutes later, Woking had the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman’s flag went up for offside against Rhys Browne after he converted Bradshaw's pass.

They shot themselves in the foot once again on 29 minutes when Lewis’ pass was intercepted by Latrell Humphry-Ewers, and he charged forwards before finding Olly Sanderson who slotted home into the bottom corner.

The half ended with a spell of home pressure, summing up Woking frustrations after a positive start, with two mistakes giving the hosts a comfortable lead.

Half-time: Oxford City 2-0 Woking

Darren Sarll responded to the first half by making a double change, with Reece Grego-Cox and Tunji Akinola replacing Zak Bradshaw and Dennon Lewis.

But it was the hosts who kept threatening at the other end, with Jaaskelainen forced into a couple of saves before Sanderson hit the side netting after a swift breakaway.

On 70 minutes, Woking had one back. A header from Scott Cuthbert saw Padraig Amond run in behind the Oxford defence and finish calmly past Jack Bycroft to give the Cards hope.

This lifted the Woking fans behind the goal, and they began to sniff blood. Good work from Grego-Cox saw Akinola fire just over, but on 90 minutes, another Jaaskelainen mistake saw him head the ball straight to Josh Parker for a tap in.

Yet with a hundred minutes on the clock, a ball in was tapped home by Amond to at least reduce the margin of defeat, but it was full time shortly after. In truth, an inadequate response to last week's cup humiliation, and a defeat that was mostly self inflicted by the Cards. They will need to improve hugely before the visit of Oldham Athletic to the Laithwaite next Saturday.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Greg Taylor, Zak Bradshaw (Akinola 45’), Morgan Williams, Rohan Ince, Padraig Amond, Rhys Browne (Pavey 57’), Dennon Lewis (Grego-Cox 45’)

Unused subs: Wakefield, Habergham, Pavey

Goals: Amond 71’, 90+9'

Bookings: Grego-Cox 85’

Oxford City: Jack Bycroft, Andre Burley, Lewis Coyle, Olly Sanderson (Bushell 89’), Zac McEachran, Mitchell Roberts, Josh Parker, Renny Smith, Canice Carroll, Latrell Humphrey-Ewers, Tafari Moore

Unused subs: Miccio, Kirby, Brzozowski, Ofosu

Goals: McEachran 13’, Sanderson 29’, Parker 90’

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Attendance: 761

Oxford City LINEUP
26Jack Bycroft
2Andre Burley
12Mitchell Roberts
22Tafari Moore
20Latrell Humphrey-Ewers
15Renny Smith
7Lewis Coyle
19Canice Carroll
10Zac McEachran
14Josh Parker
9Oliver Sanderson ('89)
13Marcin Brzozowski
3Lewis Miccio
5Nya Kirby
18Aaron Williams-Bushell ('89)
24Claudio Ofosu
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert
6Greg Taylor
24Rohan Ince
25Morgan Williams
20Zak Bradshaw ('46)
11Dennon Lewis ('46)
14Rhys Browne ('57)
10Padraig Amond
28Sam Habergham
16Tunji Akinola ('46)
19Charlie Wakefield
9Reece Grego-Cox ('46)
29Alfie Pavey ('57)

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