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19 December 2020 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Oxford United U18
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Forest Green Rovers U18
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PREVIEW Oxford United U18 v Forest Green Rovers U18

Young U's aim to end 2020 top of the table

18 December 2020

Karl Robinson’s first team may not have a game this weekend but Oxford United still have two big games to look forward.

On Sunday Oxford United Women look to end 2020 with a win as they head for Plymouth in the National League but first up will be the under 18s when they welcome Forest Green Rovers to Oxford Sports Park on Saturday morning.

The youth team have the chance to end 2020 on top of the South West Division of the Youth Alliance but as Coach Leon Blackmore-Such told us, the league table isn’t the only aim:

“No, it would be nice to end the year top of the table because we always talk about being competitive and what each game means” he told us “but the bigger aim is to see the players keep developing and improving because our ultimate goal has to be to produce players for the first team.

“We have seen players step up this season and take their chance really well but the pleasing thing in the league is that we took the decision throughout the Academy to try and push players and ask some to play up a year and that has been great for their development.

“The youth team will get a bit of a break over Christmas but we want to end on a positive and get a win this weekend if we can.”

Sadly the game is behind closed doors with no fans allowed on the Training Ground to see the action but we’ll have a report and reaction right here and highlights on the official YouTube channel.

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Young U's miss chance to go top

19 December 2020

Oxford United’s under 18s missed out on the chance to go top of their league at Christmas when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers this morning.

A Callum Crook goal just before half time raised hopes for the U’s but a stubborn Forest Green defence stood firm and the U’s could not find a second goal, slipping to just their second defeat of the season.

United got off to a slow start and were behind after just seven minutes when Dylan Morgan ran through the middle of the home defence and stabbed the ball past keeper Eddie Brearey. United rallied and Gatlin O’Donkor had a chance from an under-hit back pass but was denied by the keeper before the visitors made it 2-0 on 35 when JJ Ojebamjii forced the ball home from a set piece.

United, battling a very strong wind, got themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time when Crook turned and slammed the ball home to make it 2-1 , at which point the heavens opened and the second half was played in a mixture of hail, wind and driving rain which made it very difficult for both sides.

United pressed and committed men forward, Forest Green countered and forced Brearey into action but United just couldn’t create a clear chance despite laying siege to the visitors goal for the last few minutes.

A defeat then but United remain on the tail of leaders AFC Bournemouth .

Brearey, Grant, Nosokhare, Golding, Johnson,Masters (Watt 23), Coe (Tiamuna 75), Gardner, Smith, O’Donkor, Crook

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Edmunds

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