Weekend Ahead – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2016

It’s league fixtures for the two senior sides still in action, whilst we have a full youth fixture list, mainly on the road, as the season draws to a close.

Town 1st Team will be travelling to Abingdon Town, hoping to pick up points and make their season look more respectable. Kick off at Culham Road is 2.30pm in NBFL Division 1 and the hosts are the current form side in the league and are outside challengers for the league title. due to their ground being susceptible to flooding, they have up to five games in hand over their rivals and triumphed over current leaders Saxton Rovers in midweek 2-0. When the two sides met at Tucker Park, Town were on an atrocious run of results and held firm for 80 minutes, before conceding two late goals. Abingdon have eight league and cup fixtures to fit in before the 14th May, which will see them playing twice a week and Town will hope tiredness plays into our hands. Town are without a number of bodies for the trip, but Manager Darryl Curtis will be confident of gaining points.

Town Reserves play their penultimate NBFL Division 2 fixture of the season, when Thatcham based Turnpike Sports visit Tucker Park, kick off 2.30pm. Sports are hoping to gain a third successive promotion into Division1 and currently sit in third position, whilst Town are third from bottom, but come into the fixture on a run of three wins and two draws from their last five league outings. Sports have had a couple of large victories recently over Town’s fellow relegation candidates and the management team will hope their squad are up for this match, knowing a point will confirm they cannot finish, bottom of the division. Town will be without Neil Docherty (Away), striker Max Scholefield (Ankle) & midfielder Phil Thompson (Knee). However the squad is strengthened by Matty Hickson, Chris Kershaw and youngster Charlie Rowland, who has impressed in the A’s and under 17’s.

Moving onto the youth section……

Our three Development sides are all in Trophy Event Semi Final action on Saturday morning and it’s hoped they can all have a finals day at the end of the season. The under 8’s travel to Summertown Kestrels for a 10.30am kick off. the under 9’s are also on the road, for an early 9.15am kick off at Oxford City whites, whilst the under 10’s will hope to bounce back from last weekend, when they play Cumnor Minors, kick off 10.30am.

Town under 12’s play their final C Spring League game of the season, when they travel to East Oxford United on Sunday morning, kick off 10.30am. Town currently sit in third position, with United in fifth, four points adrift, but with two games in hand.

The under 13’s face a difficult match, on the road to Crowmarsh Youth Rooks in the B League. Kick off is at 11.00am, with Town in second position on 31 points and the hosts on 30 points, having played the same number of games. With the league leaders not in action, both sides will want to apply pressure in the title race.

Carl Allum’s under 15’s have the opportunity to take control of the C League, if they can overcome seventh placed Summertown Stars on Sunday morning. Kick off at Tucker Park is 10.30am and second placed Town will be full of confidence going into the match, having defeated Stars 7-1 in October.

Town under 16’s regained a promotion place with a 2-1 home victory over Highfield Colts on Wednesday evening and they will want to take this form and performance into their fixture at home to 6th placed Abingdon Youth on Sunday afternoon. Kick off is at 2.00pm and Town overcame Abingdon 5-1 in September during the reverse fixture.

The under 17’s caused a bit of a shock in the B Premier Division on Wednesday night, when a much improved second half performance, saw them draw 1-1 with Summertown United, who are challenging for the title. Jack Traynor grabbed the equalising goal and the squad will have some confidence as they welcome Marston Saints for a 2.00pm kick off at Tucker Park.