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PREVIEW Oxford United v Lincoln City

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

27 August 2021

Oxford United welcome Lincoln City to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 (3pm)

The U's rested a number of players for Tuesday night's Carabao Cup tie at QPR and Jack Stevens, Anthony Forde and Jordan Thorniley all return to the squad while Matty Taylor, Cameron Brannagan and Gavin Whyte will be hoping to return to the starting XI after being on the bench in midweek.

United have injury doubts over Ryan Williams, James Henry and Billy Bodin while Sam Long and Jamie Hanson remain unavailable.

See Karl, Jordan Thorniley and Anthony Forde all previewing the game in iFollow.

The Imps started the season with a draw at Gillingham then won their first home game, beating Fleetwood 2-1. Their next two games have both ended in 1-0 defeats, at home to Bolton and away at Wycombe to leave Michael Appleton's team with four points so far as they try to bounce back from their play-off final defeat at the hands of Blackpool.

Chris Maguire misses out through injury but forward Anthony Scully was the hero in midweek with a hat-trick in the Papa John's Trophy to help his side to a 3-2 win over Manchester United's under 21s.

He said: “It was a good performance from the lads, we created lots of chances and could have had two or three more goals. It was good to keep hitting the back of the net, hopefully the goals will come now for us. A few people who needed a rest got it, those who needed minutes got it, and we’re all really looking forward to Saturday now.”

Tickets are available from where you can print at home or download to your phone or you can call 01865 337533

Although we can't open Olly's Den or the Family Room at the moment we do have two rooms available which fans shoud be aware of.

We have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Andy Taylor for more details:

We also have an 'Isolation Room' available: if you start feeling unwell or show any covid symptoms after you arrive at the ground please tell the nearest steward who will help you to the isolation area where we can get you tested and take appropriate action.

The U's, Firoka and Farrs Catering reached agreement in the week that the U's will now receive a share of the revenue from the catering in the concourses. We hope you enjoy the wide range of food and drink available at every home game and welcome feedback on catering at games: email with your thoughts and suggestions.
There are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally. Away fans-  Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK (see it if overseas), with extended highlights or the full 90 minutes to see available later
You can also follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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REPORT Oxford United 3 Lincoln City 1

Henry hat-trick helps U's beat the Imps. Full time report

28 August 2021

James Henry was the hero as his expertly taken hat-trick helped the U's to a convincing 3-1 win over Lincoln City at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon despite Anthony Scully's late consolation for the visitors.

Two strikes from distance in the first half and a penalty in the second saw Henry tame the timid Imps and ensure that the U's picked up their third win from three home matches this season.

It took eleven minutes for the U’s to take the lead and although Henry’s finish was superb it also owed a lot to the impressive Jordan Thorniley, who stepped up from the back to intercept a pass, slid past a weak challenge and rolled the ball to his right for Henry who, in acres of space, fired the ball into the top corner for his second of the season.

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Cameron Brannagan almost repeated that three minutes later after the hugely influential Alex Gorrin had declined a similar shooting situation and United were on top, although defender Adam Jackson flicked a header against the bar after 20 minutes for the visitors before Henry netted his second to give the U’s some breathing space.

This time it was Gavin Whyte running on to a Thorniley pass in the left channel and cutting it back for Henry, slightly closer, still outside the box and still in too much space. It was 2-0 with the ball past Griffiths and Henry on a hat-trick before the half hour.

Fifty goals for Henry for the U’s, moving him past fans favourite Steve Basham and level with another, Paul Simpson for all of 49 minutes.

Lincoln improved after the break, inspired no doubt by a few choice words from boss Michael Appleton. Hakeeb Adelukan saw an effort tipped onto the bar by Jack Stevens and Anthony Scully curled a decent effort wide, but otherwise United were dominant at the back where skipper Elliott Moore made a smooth return to the eleven.

On 73 minutes it was game over and Henry had his matchball when he broke down the right and crossed for Matty Taylor, who was fouled by Lewis Montsma, giving Taylor bragging rights in their match-long feud. Henry stepped up, sent Griffiths the wrong way and had his first Oxford hat trick. Deservedly Man of the Match, Henry's value to this side is huge and should never be underestimated.

Sub Sam Winnall almost made it four from close range at one end, then left a leg for Ted Bishop to trip over and present Scully with the chance to blast past Stevens and at least give Lincoln something to show for their efforts, but by that stage it mattered little.

Nine points from nine at the Kassam Stadium so far, and United among the early leaders as the league table starts to actually mean something.

Hooray indeed.

Att: 7,045
Away: 576
Fifty/50 winning number: 75086

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Steve Edmunds, stats by OPTA

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