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Match Preview and Guide | Oxford City (H)

William Bewsey
11:04am, Mon 5th Feb 2024
Woking vs Oxford City
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 6th February 2024
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking face bottom side Oxford City on Tuesday night, with both sides in desperate need of the points.

After defeat to Boreham Wood at the Laithwaite on Saturday, Michael Doyle will hope that his side can show resilience and register their first home league win since the end of August.

He will still be without Jim Kellermann and Rhys Browne after they both went off injured at Oldham, whilst Reece Grego-Cox went off on Saturday after coming off the bench, and will be a doubt.

Opposition Watch
Bottom side Oxford City have scored in all but one game since they last faced the Cards, but their main concern is their defence. No team has conceded more than the 59 let in by the Hoops in their 31 games, which has seen them win seven, draw six and lose 18 of their games.

A busy January saw Ross Jenkins’ side suffer somewhat of a player exodus with loanees Olly Sanderson and Jack Bycroft both being recalled. ‘Keeper Bycroft has been signed permanently by League Two side Swindon, whilst striker Sanderson has been loaned out to Sutton United, also in League Two.

Sanderson was a key player for the Hoops, his 9 goals for the club only bettered by Josh Parker’s 11 in 28. Parker scored twice on the weekend as Kidderminster came from 2-0 down to beat Oxford 3-2, ending a goal drought that had been ongoing since these two sides last met.

Last Time Out

A Padraig Amond double wasn’t enough for a point at Marsh Lane in November, as Oxford City ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from McEachran, Sanderson and Parker in a game filled with Woking errors. This would prove to be Darren Sarll’s last game in charge of the club.

Before then, Woking hadn’t lost to Oxford City, winning both league meetings against the club in the 2018/19 season.

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Match Report | Cards get big home three points at expense of Hoops

William Bewsey
9:42pm, Tue 6th Feb 2024
Woking 2-0 Oxford City
‘Vanarama National League’
‘6th February 2024’

Woking hosted Oxford City under the lights in a crucial relegation six-pointer. Michael Doyle made two changes to the side beaten by Boreham Wood on Saturday, with Curtis Edwards starting his first game for the club, replacing Jermaine Anderson, who dropped to the bench. Ricky Korboa also started in place of Charley Kendall, also on the bench, alongside Josh Smith; the former Sheffield United man making his first appearance in the squad since joining last week.

The Hoops kicked off towards the KRE, and after good work from Korboa in drawing a foul on the edge of the box just eight minutes in, Jayden Luker’s delivery was met by a man in red and white, who drew a superb low save from Brzozowski down to his left.

Three minutes later, excellent link up from Luker and Dennon Lewis saw the latter’s cross well met inside the box by Lewis Walker, but his looping header was again well clawed away from goal by the Oxford stopper. Another set piece, this time from Edwards on 24 minutes saw Akinola come close, his header just evading the far post.

After a period of nothingness, Woking took the lead in style on 38 minutes. Brilliant play from Luker saw him feed Korboa down the right, before Luker received the ball just inside the box, turning and finishing into the roof of the net.

On the stroke of half time, another outstanding Luker delivery got a faint touch from a Woking head, hitting the base of the post, before another delivery from the Luton loanee was met by the head of Walker, who forced another good save from Brzozowski.

Half time arrived with the Cards completely dominant, and Brzozowski forced into several good saves to keep the score at just 1-0.

Half-time: Woking 1-0 Oxford City

After an even start to the second half, Luker and Korboa once again combined to good effect in the 56th minute, with the latter’s effort drilled just across goal.

It was the winger who drew a big chance for Woking to double their lead, twisting and turning before being tripped by Andre Burley. Walker stepped up to send Brzozowski the wrong way, finding the bottom left corner and register his first goal since rejoining the Cards.

Oxford’s first shot of the game came after 73 minutes, when a good through ball saw Renny Smith test Alexis Andre Jr at his near post, but it was fairly comfortable for the Frenchman. But in truth, there was no threat from the away side, and Woking saw the game out comfortably.

A big three points, especially considering their home form, and a dominant performance ahead of the visit of the TNT cameras when Hartlepool United come to town on Saturday.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Lewis Walker, Dennon Lewis (Anderson 74’), Tunji Akinola, Curtis Edwards (Oyeleke 83’), Ricky Korboa (Smith 65’), Dion Kelly-Evans, Jayden Luker, Max Dyche

Unused subs: Moss, Kendall

Goals: Luker 38’, Walker 60’#

Bookings: Smith 94'

Oxford City Marcin Brzozowski, Andre Burley, Josh Ashby, Nya Kirby, Jacob Roddy, Reece Fleet, Mitchell Roberts, Josh Parker (Greenslade 72’), Alfie Potter (Smith 53’), Canice Carroll (Phillips 45’), Harry Birtwistle

Unused subs: Coyle, Williams-Bushell

Bookings: Carroll 40’, Ashby 58’, Phillips 58’, Burley 66’

Attendance: 1970

Man of the Match: Curtis Edwards
1Alexis Andre Jr.
27Dion Kelly-Evans
3Josh Casey
35Max Dyche
4Scott Cuthbert
16Tunji Akinola
32Curtis Edwards ('82)
31Jayden Luker
7Ricky Korboa ('65)
11Dennon Lewis ('74)
10Lewis Walker
2Dan Moss
18Manny Oyeleke ('82)
23Jermaine Anderson ('74)
30Josh Smith ('65)
33Charley Kendall
Oxford City LINEUP
13Marcin Brzozowski
26Harry Birtwistle
12Mitchell Roberts
2Andre Burley
6Jacob Roddy
4Josh Ashby
5Nya Kirby
8Reece Fleet
16Alfie Potter ('53)
19Canice Carroll ('46)
14Josh Parker ('72)
3Giles Phillips ('46)
18Aaron Williams-Bushell
7Lewis Coyle
15Renny Smith ('53)
11Harvey Greenslade ('72)

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