Oxford City v Slough Town, National League South, Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford. Saturday 26th October - kick-off 15h00
While Oxford City, the Hoops, are still enjoying their F.A. Cup run (they have qualified to play in the 1st Round Proper), they are having a poor league season. They have only won once in their last nine league outings and have failed to score in five of their last six matches.
This dismal run has resulted in the dismissal of their manager earlier this week, despite their F.A. Cup form.
The Hoops have played at level five for the last eight seasons - three seasons in the northern division and, now five seasons in the southern section of the National League. They are currently lying second bottom in the table with just ten points from 13 matches. Their full record being:-
P13 : Home W1 D2 L4 GF 6 GA 13: Away W1 D2 L3 GF 5 GA8
Home: L 0 - 3 Concord Rangers (att.325); W 3 - 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough (301); L 1 - 2 Hemel Hempstead Town (314); L 0 -3 Havant & Waterlooville (357); D 0 - 0 Weymouth (362); D 2 - 2 Billericay Town (309); L 0 - 1 Dartford (307).
Away: D 1 - 1 Chippenham Town; D 1 - 1 Eastbourne Borough; L 3 - 1 Welling United; W 1 - 2 Bath City; L 1 - 0 Wealdstone; L 1 - 0 Braintree Town.
Their highest goal scorer is defender Tarik Moore-Azille with three goals and their average home attendance is 327.
As mentioned above, they are still in this season's F.A. Cup, having been drawn to play National Leaguers Solihull Moors at home in the 1st Round Proper. To reach this stage they beat North Leigh 7 - 0 (H, 2nd Round Q); Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 - 0 (H, 3rd Round Q) and Margate 2 - 1 (H, 4th Round Q).
Last season they finished in 12th position, one place and seven points behind Slough Town. Rebels achieved the 'double' last term winning
2 - 0 at home (James Dobson 16m pen; and Flood, 60m OG); and 1 - 3 away thanks to two late strike2 (Warren Harris 6m, George Wells 84m and Francis Amartey 87m) .
Bookies Odds: Oxford City Win 2/1; the Draw 3/1; Slough Town Win 6/5
Prediction: Hopefully the weeks 'break' has not unsettled Rebels winning ways and they can keep the home team scoreless.
Oxford City 0 - 1 Slough Town