FOOTBALL: Ford: new coach Enrique is the way forward for City

The Oxford Times: Oxford City forward Jamie Cook excelled in their draw at Colwyn Bay and hopes to do the same should tomorrow’s home game with Altrincham survive a pitch inspection Oxford City forward Jamie Cook excelled in their draw at Colwyn Bay and hopes to do the same should tomorrow’s home game with Altrincham survive a pitch inspection

Oxford City boss Mike Ford is hoping that new Spanish coach Enrique Guillen can help them pass their way out of the lower reaches of the Skrill North table.

Ford said Guillen, who manages the club’s Futsal side, would supplement his backroom staff as they aim to climb away from the drop zone.

And Guillen is already having an influence after recommending countryman Julián Serrano to him.

He came off the bench to make his debut in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at form side Colwyn Bay.

“Enrique has come in to help us with the coaching,” said Ford.

“He runs our Futsal team, where the emphasis is on passing and using the ball better.

“We feel he can bring in some fresh ideas as we are going down this different route.

“Colwyn was the first opportunity to see what we are trying to do.

“We kept the ball better and passed it better. I thought Jamie Cook had his best game for us.

“The result and the way we played was a big fillip to the players.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s home game with Altrincham is in serious doubt.

Wednesday’s Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie between Oxford City Nomads and Ardley United at Marsh Lane was called off due to a waterlogged surface.

And heavy overnight rain has made the pitch more saturated.

Ford said: “It’s got to be 50-50 to go-ahead.

“If it’s off it will be frustrating as we’re looking forward to playing the two best sides in the league. (They are due to host North Ferriby on Tuesday).”

A pitch inspection will be held later today.

If the match goes ahead, midfielder Liam Malone and keeper Mark Scott could return after recovering from back and groin injuries respectively.

Victor Francoz, who replaced the injured Scott in the warm-up at Colwyn Bay, could retain his place.

Oxford City (v Altrincham): from Francoz, Ben-jamin, Stonehouse, Pook, Henderson, Willmott, McNish, Pond, Symons, Cook, Winters, Jackson, Bell, Serrano, Learoyd, Ballard, Scott.

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