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06 August 2022 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Cambridge United

A full guide to the first home game of the season

5 August 2022

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Oxford United welcome Cambridge United to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday for the first home game in Sky Bet League 1

TEAM NEWS

The U's have made seven additions this transfer window, with the newest signings Josh Murphy, Jodi Jones and loanee Lewis Bate all hoping for their first home debut for the Yellows. Bate arrived on a season-long loan from Leeds United yesterday while Jones is eleigible for the first time after missing out at Derby.

Sam Baldock and Yanic Wildschut will miss the first two months of the season and although there were no new injuries at Derby last weekend, teenage striker Gatlin O'Donkor rolled an ankle during training this week and is replaced in the squad by Slavi Spasov, fresh from signing a new contract this morning.

See Karl and Marcus McGuane previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION

This season is Cambridge United’s second year in League One, following their promotion in the 20/21 campaign. They finished last season 14th, 18 points behind the Yellows.

This year, a 1-0 win against MK saw the other U's get off to a winning start to their League One campaign last weekend.

Manager Mark Bonner had this to say on the fixture:

“We know how tough it will be, we found that out ourselves when we went there last season. They’re a top team with real expectation on them – but we know what to expect, we know it’s a big pitch and it will challenge us in lots of ways. It’s one to look forward to.”

There may be changes to the side that beat Millwall in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, as Bonner continued:

“We’ve got about six players that need checking. Our preparation work will have to take place Friday because we’ve got a few to see where we’re at. There may be changes to the team, even if I didn’t want to do that, but hopefully all those who have got knocks are able to play.”

TICKETS

Tickets are available in advance from oufctickets.co.uk and by calling 01865 337533.
Tickets will also be available on the day.
 
PARKING AND ACCESS
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand WILL NOT be in place so fans can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

VISITING FANS

Click here for a full away fan guide: away fan guide 2223.pdf
 
Please park in the West Car Park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.

GETTING HERE

The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games. Click HERE for timetables and details.

FAMILY

Click HERE for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium.

FIFTY/50

With a big crowd expected, it will mean a big prize for the Polythene UK half-time draw, make sure you buy your ticket, available all around the ground.

COVERAGE

You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK and see it overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game. CLICK HERE for a guide to which games will be streamed this season.
 
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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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 1 Cambridge United 0

Goodrham's a good un. Full time report

6 August 2022

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Youngster Tyler Goodrham became an instant hero today as he came off the bench to hammer home a debut goal that won the three points for the U's against Cambridge.

Goodrham marked his first league appearance with an injury-time winner that gave United their first points of the season.

The visitors should really have been ahead after 18 minutes when Harvey Knibbs nibbled a chance wide from close range, or five minutes later when Harrison Dunk dunked a long-range effort a foot over Simon Eastwood’s crossbar. George Williams had a shot blocked too but I don’t have a pun for that.

For the second game in a row United’s new 4-2-3-1 shape looked very solid, Josh Murphy slotting in to the right of the three as the one change from the team beaten at Derby on opening day. But set pieces were United’s best resource before the break; Marcus Browne drive a free kick just over and was then barged over five minutes before the break, only for ref Tom Reeves to wave away his penalty claims.

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Boss Karl Robinson had stressed the need for patience before the game; United scored so many goals last season that expectations are high and when they come up against a well-organised defence they need to keep doing the right things, knowing chances will eventually arrive. Taylor, Murphy and Browne all saw efforts blocked around the box and gradually they started to gain ground, without forcing keeper Dimitar Mitov into a save in the first hour of the match.

He had to get involved to tip a Taylor header over the bar on 68, and with the introduction of James Henry and debutant Lewis Bate - very impressive in his brief cameo - adding guile and energy, the home side began to look much the more likely U's to win the game, despite Sam Smith dragging a late chance wide for the away team.

The closest we came to a goal before stoppage time was an 81st-minute header from skipper Elliott Moore that Mitov tipped over, and then the keeper pushed away another header from Matty Taylor from the resulting corner as United chased the goal their second-half performance had deserved.

In the end it came late when Goodrham took the ball past his man on the left and then perfectly angled his drive across the keeper and into the roof of the net. A dream moment for one of the nicest lads you will ever meet.

There were further plusses - a clean sheet and a first appearance from Jodi Jones among them - but Goodrham deserves his day in the sun and United are up and running...

Att: 8,057
Away: 595

Fifty/50 winning number 35765 wins £952

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

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