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PREVIEW Scunthorpe United v Oxford United

Van Kessel Hoping for First Start

18 August 2017

Oxford United hope to keep their winning start to the season going when they travel to Scunthorpe United on Saturday

The U's have won both games so far including an opening day win at Oldham in their only game on the road so far.  Glanford Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the U's who haven't won there since 1965 but Pep Clotet's side are playing well and hoping to carry on that form.

Team News

The U's have plenty of attacking options with Gino Van Kessel making a spectacular cameo as a sub in last Saturday's 3-0 win over Portsmouth. The Curacaoan international smashed home a great goal with almost his first touch and will be hoping for a first start, while Kane Hemmings came through a reserve game against AFC Wimbledon in midweek and could be involved for the first time this season.

Spanish midfielder Xemi scored in that Wimbledon game and could be back on the bench.

Ticket News

Venue:  Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe DN15 8TD.

Oxford United supporters will be seated in the AMS Stand. Tickets are no longer available online but are on sale from the ticket office in person or on 01865 337533 until 3pm on Friday 18th August. You can collect from the OUFC ticket office until 3.00pm Friday or you can collect from Scunthorpe at the collection window next to the main ticket office from 2:00pm. 

Prices:

  Advance Match Day
Adult £22 £25
Over 65/Under 21/Student*  £15 £17
Under 18  £6  £8
Under 12 (max 2 per paying adult)^ FREE

*Students must produce a valid NUS card when purchasing tickets
^Under-12 tickets not available online, only by phone or in person

Any fans requiring wheelchair and carer tickets should phone the Scunthorpe United ticket office on 01724 747670.

London Road Club coaches
Depart: Stadium: 9.15am prompt, Kidlington: 9.30am prompt

Adult members: £21
Adult non-members: £23
U18 members: £19
U18 non-members: £21

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Strictly no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

Call 01865 337533 or book at www.oufctickets.co.uk

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REPORT Scunthorpe United 1 Oxford United 0

Unbeaten start comes to an end at Glanford Park

19 August 2017

Oxford United's unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

In a close game, the home side built up a head of steam in the second half that culminated in Josh Morris drifting in from the right before drilling a fierce effort past Simon Eastwood to inflict a first defeat on Pep Clotet's men.

It was tough on the U's, especially after an impressive first half where at times their movement was like mercury, sliding the seemingly magnetised ball around the Iron midfield and finding space and options all over the park. One move after eight minutes saw left-back Ricardinho dummy two men inside his own box, charge through the middle and then come back into the move from the right wing, where he set James Henry up for a cross that Jack Payne headed goalwards and keeper Matt Gilks just about reached at full stretch under the bar. Rob Hall, playing in place of Marvin Johnson, dragged a 13th-minute shot wide and James Henry had a left-footed shot saved from the edge of the area during a tight first half.

If Ricardinho was sharing the left back/right wing roles then Jack Payne was striker/central midfield/sweeper because he was everywhere, buzzing around, harrying hesitant defenders and always looking to slip the killer pass through for his appreciative fellow forwards.

The problem was that the slick approach play didn't result in enough efforts at goal and the men of Iron simply refused to bend the knee.  

Hakeeb Adelakun caught the eye with some elusive running and a couple of half-hit shots that Eastwood dealt with comfortably once the game settled down. U’s captain Curtis Nelson twice had to apply the afterburners to stop forwards getting a sight of goal, out-muscling them and then prepared to carry the ball forward, while his defensive partner Mike Williamson remains a steady calming influence, pulling his team into shape and winning everything in the air.

A bobbling deflected effort from Adelakun almost deceived Eastwood after 35 minutes but it had been an even first half with little to choose between two well-drilled sides.

The second half was much more adventurous from both sides. Wes Thomas had an early effort cancelled out for a foul at the back post  before Jon Obika replaced him, but the home side's number 9, Paddy Madden, had two decent chances in the first ten minutes of the second half, firing the first over the bar and dragging the second wide as the Iron enjoyed a much improved second half.

Sub Tom Hopper really should have given them the lead on 58 minutes as he somehow headed a Madden cross wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy but having ridden their luck United began to regain ground and birthday boy Ryan Ledson sent a shot over the bar on 61 minutes. Ruffels - four goals in four games beforehand - beat his midfield partner's effort by ten yard when clearing the stand on 63, but if your two midfielders are in those positions in the first place then you are trying to win a game rather than hold on for a point. 

United threw on Gino van Kessel for the last half hour to emphasise that, his second touch a shot as usual even if this one didn't go in, but the game was much more open and the influential Neal Bishop looped a shot against the top of the bar after 74 minutes as pressure began to build. Nelson got an important touch to take another Madden effort wide on 76 and the same player hooked another chance over a minute later.

In between, van Kessel had forced Gilks into a save as the Yellows broke at speed, but with seven minutes left Morris decided the result  at a ground where United haven't won since 1965.

The scorer would have doubled his tally but for a great save from Eastwood on 85, but his moment of class was enough to leave United tasting defeat for the first time this season, despite a dramatic last minute in which Obika headed against the bar from an Eastwood bicycle kick (no, really).

A first defeat but United will bounce back. See you next week for Shrewsbury at home.

Att:4,205

Away: 556


Report by Chris Williams, pics by Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Scunthorpe Ticket Information

Tickets and travel for United's trip to Scunthorpe on 19th August

16 August 2017

Oxford United visit Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday 19th August, kick off at 3pm.

Scunthorpe play at Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe DN15 8TD.

Oxford United supporters will be seated in the AMS Stand. Tickets are no longer available online but are on sale from the ticket office in person or on 01865 337533 until 3pm on Friday 18th August. You can collect from the OUFC ticket office until 3.00pm Friday or you can collect from Scunthorpe at the collection window next to the main ticket office from 2:00pm. 

Prices:

  Advance Match Day
Adult £22 £25
Over 65/Under 21/Student*  £15 £17
Under 18  £6  £8
Under 12 (max 2 per paying adult)^ FREE

*Students must produce a valid NUS card when purchasing tickets
^Under-12 tickets not available online, only by phone or in person

Any fans requiring wheelchair and carer tickets should phone the Scunthorpe United ticket office on 01724 747670.

London Road Club coaches
Depart: stadium: 9.15am prompt, Kidlington: 9.30am prompt

Adult members: £21
Adult non-members: £23
U18 members: £19
U18 non-members: £21

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Strictly no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

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