The Cards travel to Oxford City on Wednesday evening for their next pre-season friendly game.
The pre-season games so far have been pretty experimental, providing Kim with his first opportunity to see existing squad members playing in relatively competitive games and, in addition, a chance to try out his own new signings, various trialists and Academy players. In that sense they?ve probably fulfilled their purpose and the feedback seems to be that Kim has a much clearer idea about the strengths and weaknesses of the players on contract ? as well as confirming the case for signing at least one trialist, Patrice Mondon-Konan, who looks like he might be the answer to our long-standing problems at right back. It would be surprising if we don?t see several more changes in the next few days.
From here on in, we can expect to see a greater focus on his likely shortlist for 9 August ? and it would help if the injured quartet of Tom Hutchinson, Matt Pattison, Gez Sole and Abdou El Kholti, all of whom must be in strong contention for a starting place, were soon ready to return to the fray. Judging by the number of goals we?ve conceded from set pieces, Tom in particular seems to have been sorely missed.
Oxford, managed by Justin Merritt, were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division at the end of last season, finishing 4th in the South and West Division and beating Uxbridge 1-0 in the play-offs.
Their pre-season results so far have been:
Easington Sports Club 1 Oxford City 4
Kempton Rovers 0 Oxford City 7
Oxford City 2 Hinckley United 4
Strikers Michael Lyon and Craig Falconbridge bagged three and two goals respectively in these games, whilst right back James Saulsbury has scored two.
Oxford City FC
Court Place Farm
Oxford, OX3 0NQ
Car: M25 to J16 ?take M40 (signposted Birmingham, Oxford) to J8 ? take A40 (signposted Oxford, Cheltenham) ? after 7/8 miles turn left into Marsh Lane (B4150) ? turn left at Dent?s Close. Obviously, you?ll need to allow extra time if travelling up in the rush hour.