FOOTBALL: City clash in jeopardy

City manager Mike Ford is keen to see his side playing again

City manager Mike Ford is keen to see his side playing again

First published in Sport

Oxford City’s Skrill North match against leaders North Ferriby United at Marsh Lane tonight is subject to a morning pitch inspection, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

Saturday’s home match with promotion-chasing Altrincham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and officials fear this evening’s fixture could suffer the same fate.

Manager Mike Ford said: “The lads trained for a few hours on Saturday and I got the feeling that they’d really look forward to playing a game.

“But we’ve been doing some new, interesting things in training, so hopefully we can put those into practice soon.”

With a host of postponements in recent weeks, City have played fewer matches than most sides in the league, but Ford said he was not concerned that they will be playing catch-up.

He added: “Last year we had a run of playing three games a week and we only lost once in a dozen games, so it does give you a chance to put a run together.”

North Leigh manager Mark Gee believes his side have a great chance of picking up their first win of 2014 as they host struggling Bishops Cleeve in Calor League Division 1 South & West.

The Millers ended their six-game losing run with a 2-2 draw at Godalming Town on Saturday, and Gee is hopeful they have turned the corner.

“They’re third from bottom and it’s a match we would have approached ten games ago and just expected to win,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a confidence thing, but good players don’t become bad players overnight, so I have full confidence that they’re capable of getting back to winning ways.”

North Leigh will be without Jacob Walcott, who is at a funeral, while Aaron Woodley will undergo a fitness test on a recurring hamstring problem.


Oxford City (v North Ferriby Utd, home): from Francoz, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Pook, Henderson, Willmott, McNish, Pond, Symons, Cook, Winters, Jackson, Bell, Serrano, Learoyd, Ballard, Scott.

North Leigh (v Bishops Cleeve, home): from Hole, Hopkins, Osborne-Ricketts, Gunn, Westlake, Else, Bowles, McDonagh, Woodley, Williams, Dobson, Turk, Organ, Caton.

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