Constable seeking repeat treble

Bicester Advertiser: James Constable fires home his hat-trick goal against Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium in September 2010 James Constable fires home his hat-trick goal against Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium in September 2010

James Constable is hoping lightning can strike twice as the Oxford United striker eyes a place in the history books at Morecambe tomorrow.

The 29-year-old scored his 105th goal for the club in Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat at Newport County.

He is now just three away from breaking United’s all-time scoring record, held by Graham Atkinson.

Tomorrow’s opponents hold good memories for Constable, whose only hat-trick in the century haul came against the Shrimps in a 4-0 win at the Kassam Stadium in 2010.

The No 9 has not scored more than once in a game for 14 months and would love to come back from the Lancashire coast with the record, although the priority is simply to win the game.

“It would be very nice,” said the striker nicknamed Beano.

“I haven’t scored more than once in a game this season and it’s been a while since I got a double.

“Obviously I’d love to get a hat-trick and break the record, but on the other side of it you’d hope if that happened we would have won the game.

“That’s the main thing, we just need to get back on track and it doesn’t matter how we do it, whether it’s a scrappy game or a scruffy goal.”

United’s midweek setback at Newport ended a club record 16 league games unbeaten on the road.

It was also only the side’s sixth Sky Bet League Two defeat of the campaign – a figure they reached before the end of September last season.

The promotion contenders have only lost back-to-back games once in this campaign, and Constable is well aware how vital it is to get back on track tomorrow.

He said: “The teams up there at the end of the season are going to be the ones that can turn it straight back round when they lose.

“If you get into a position where you’re picking up defeats, it can be a difficult league.

“That’s why it’s so competitive with a few points separating the top six.

“It’s always like that because you can get a couple of defeats and it can snowball quite quickly, so it’s important we make sure it doesn’t happen on Saturday and we put right what happened on Tuesday night.”

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1:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Taff Ewe says...

Good luck Beano, your loyalty to OUFC deserves for you to be placed in the record books. Mind, I was hoping that you would be a consistent 20 goal a season man.

Then again, a good run could see you get there this year.
Good luck Beano, your loyalty to OUFC deserves for you to be placed in the record books. Mind, I was hoping that you would be a consistent 20 goal a season man. Then again, a good run could see you get there this year. Taff Ewe
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6:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Richard Wickson says...

That's what we need, Beano or any one of our strikers to get 20 plus goals, we need to raise the game and score more than once on a regular basis, 2 tomorrow without reply will do nicely. Let's go up.
That's what we need, Beano or any one of our strikers to get 20 plus goals, we need to raise the game and score more than once on a regular basis, 2 tomorrow without reply will do nicely. Let's go up. Richard Wickson
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10:21am Sat 22 Feb 14

we are oxford says...

Such a shame his hat-trick against Chester was expunged otherwise he would already be there!!
Such a shame his hat-trick against Chester was expunged otherwise he would already be there!! we are oxford
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