Weekend Match Preview
Both men's teams are in league action this weekend with the 1st team away to New College in a 6 pointer at the bottom of the table, whilst the reserves are looking to build on their impressive victory last week as they take on Long Crendon at New Road.
Matt Pikes men are low on form but are looking to change that against a Swindon side who look odds on for relegation. Earlier in the year, Town comprehensively took New College apart in a 4-0 victory at New Road and will be going all out to complete the double over their Wiltshire rivals.
It's a competitive side that travels to Swindon with the addition of Ryan Chambers stepping up to the first team following his goal scoring cameo for the second string last weekend. Brooks, Strange, Wyatt and Davies also featured in that game and will be confident going into this one.
Pike has urged against complacency as he knows that New College will be a different proposition on their own ground and will be hungry to avenge their defeat to the Reds. New College are a very young yet strong and capable side who have pushed some of the top sides closely this season with their youthful running and tempo. Top scorer Louis O'Shea will be looking to add to his tally in the final weeks of the season and his team will be playing without fear against a Woodstock side who are also down the wrong end of the table.
Town need to win their final three games to have a chance of catching local rivals Kidlington who have 5 tough games of their own left to play.
Kick off at the Supermarine RFU ground (SN3 4BZ) is 3pm.
The men's reserves take on a tough Long Crendon side in Division 1 of the Oxfordshire Senior League.
Following on from their demolition of title favourites Garsington last time out, it is a markedly weakened Woodstock side that will face the team who smashed them 5-1 in February, albeit on a poor pitch. Walker and Parker will be looking for more effort this time out.
As already mentioned, They are without Ryan Chambers (1st Team) but are also without Carl Shirley, leaving them very light up front. Jacques makes a return to the depleated squad, as does Harry Mundy and Ciaran Murphy. James Ward is also back in contention despite is MIA status last week.
A win will put the ressies in a great position going in to the final few games of the season with fixtures coming thick and fast. It will also give players the chance to stake a claim in the squad as 1st team players will also be at the disposal of the reserves in the coming weeks.
Kick off at New Road is 2pm with a full bar and food service throughout. The club will also be showing the Grand National on TV in the bar.