After a successful FA Cup performance against Beaconsfield Town on Saturday, Concord travel to 18th place Oxford City looking for a second league victory in as many matches.
A victory could see Sammy’s men climb into the playoff places as high as fourth but in this article, we’re going to look behind enemy lines and find out about who Oxford City are.
The City were founded in 1882 and in their 136-year history, have won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup a cup record, 34 times as well as the Tournoi de Pâques du Stade Français once back in 1921. Their most recent accomplishment is reaching the FA Cup second round just last season after beating League Two side Colchester United 1-0 in the first round, but lost 3-2 away to Notts County, only losing to a 95th minute goal from loanee Jorge Grant.
The City were promoted to the Conference North originally for the 2012/13 season and finished in 10th place. The following season, they finished in 20th place which would’ve got them relegated had Vauxhall Motors not retired at the end of the season. However, the year after, they picked themselves up and finished one point off playoffs into the National League. Oxford City were transferred from Conference North to Conference South for the 2015/16 season and finished a very credible 12th place. The year after they finished 14th and last season they finished in 16th place.
Mark Jones represented Oxford City as a player over 100 times in his career and spent the rest of his career in non-league playing for Aylesbury United, Harrow Borough and Thame United after being released by Watford as a youngster. In his coaching career, before joining the City during the 2014/15 season, he spent time at Stevenage Centre of Excellence as well as Watford as their lead youth development phase coach.
Oxford City play their games at Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0NQ. Marsh Lane opened in 1993 and the Hoops have played at their ground ever since. It has a capacity of 3,218 people including 520.
Oxford City’s danger man is MK Dons academy graduate, Kabongo Tshimanga. He spent the first three years of his senior career making six appearances for MK Dons but was on loan at seven different teams, ranging from Yeovil Town to Chesham United. He also spent half a year in Iceland playing for Throttur Reykjavik. He spent last season playing for Boston United in National League North making 34 appearances and scored eight goals. In his last appearance, he scored a hat trick against league rivals Dartford in a 4-1 victory in the FA Cup.
The last three games against the Hoops have ended in score draws. Those results ended 1-1, 3-3 and 2-2 but the two games before that ended in victories for Oxford City, one being 5-1 and the other ending 2-0.
The Beach Boys will travel to Marsh Lane this Saturday for a 3pm kick off.
Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0NQ