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FOOTBALL: City hit rock bottom after Motors defeat
10:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Football
Vauxhall Motors 1
Oxford City 0
Oxford City dropped to the foot of the Skrill North table with defeat at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.
City, who gave a debut to new signing, former Oxford United striker Marvin Robinson, from Brackley Town, fell behind to a strike from Matty Kosylo in the fourth minute.
But Mike Ford’s men dominated the game thereafter.
It was the worst possible start for City, who gave Kosylo far too much time and space to shoot and his effort buried itself in the corner of the net.
Kosylo could have doubled his tally soon after when Karl Noon cut back from the bye-line.
But the goalscorer was unable to connect and the ball dribbled into the grateful arms of goalkeeper Victor Francoz.
Lloyd Ellams also went close after a similar move from the opposite flank, but his effort drifted wide.
City forced their way back into the game, but despite enjoying increasing pressure they were unable to test goalkeeper Zac Jones.
Lee Henderson headed over from a corner, as did Robinson from six yards out when he connected with a Tom Winters cross.
Instead the better chances still fell the way of the hosts on their increasingly rare forays forward, and centre-back Andy Nicholas should have extended their lead, blazing over when faced with an open goal.
After the break, City’s territorial dominance continued, but they struggled to break down a determined Vauxhall defence.
Substitute Mike Symons thought he’d scored when he finished an excellent move, only to be denied by Jones’s outstretched leg in what was City’s best chance of the match.
City threw men forward late in the game, leaving themselves vulnerable to the counter-attack, with Kosylo twice drawing saves from Francoz.
But despite a determined display they were ultimately unable to find a way through, stretching their winless run to nine games, with five defeats.
Oxford City: Francoz, Clifton, Stonehouse, Ballard (Benjamin 46), Henderson, Wilmott, Cook (Symons 72), Pond, Robinson (Basham 80), McNish, Winters. Subs not used: Learoyd, Williams.
Referee: P Graham.
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