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10 July 2013

We look forward to tonight's pre-season game



United look to continue their excellent progress in pre-season as they take on Alloa Athletic tonight in their second pre-season game of the summer.

Chris Wilder’s squad travelled to Edinburgh on Monday after a 2-1 win over Ardley United on Saturday. The U’s went through a tough session in brilliant sunshine at the university yesterday and will have a light training session this morning before heading for Alloa’s Recreation Park ground to take on their Scottish League One hosts.

Young midfielder Josh Shama is not with the party as a precaution after a slight knee injury but is expected to be available by the time the home games against Birmingham City on 20th July and Coventry City on 27th come around. Sam Long, who played in a youthful United XI’s 10 – 1 win at Deddington on Saturday, replaces Shama in the squad tonight. Ty Marsh had a minor car accident on the way home from Ardley and stayed in Oxford for a further day of assessment just as a precaution but travelled up yesterday, trained in the evening, and is fit to play tonight.

Manager Chris Wilder is again likely to give all 22 players in the squad some game time tonight but may look at different combinations. On Saturday he paired James Constable up front with Marsh in the first half and Dave Kitson  with Deane Smalley in the second 45. Those combinations could be switched around this evening as could the midfield area where Asa Hall, Andy Whing, Danny Rose, Jon Meades and Scott Davies look to be vying for just two places when United atart their league campaign at Portsmouth on August 3rd.


Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for over-65s and under-16s tonight. Alloa will not be producing a match programme for the fixture but team sheets will be available.

Alloa's Recreation Park ground is situated on the A907 Clackmannan Road, on the eastern edge of the town. The postcode for SatNav users is FK10 1RY


We are highly unlikely to be able to provide commentary in Yellow Player tonight but there are plenty of other ways to follow the game. @OUFClive will be providing a full summary on Twitter while this site will have a match report at the final whistle.

Yellow Player will also have interviews with the key men as soon as possible after the final whistle.

Next Game

United head just south of the border to face Berwick Rangers this Saturday. Full details to follow.

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