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PREVIEW Braintree Town v Oxford United

6 November 2015

We look ahead to Sunday's FA Cup match

•    United up for the cup
•    Gayle set for United debut
•    Braintree boss sees fantastic challenge
•    Full ticket and travel details 

Oxford United enter the FA Cup this Sunday with a tough looking game away at Braintree Town.

The U's are without defender Chey Dunkley through suspension and will wait on skipper Jake Wright's fitness after a back problem ruled him out of last week's 5-1 win at Stevenage. Head Coach Michael Appleton has added former Shrewsbury defender Cameron Gayle to the squad, and the ex West Brom trainee could be handed a debut, with Joe Skarz switching to centre half or youngster Robbie Cundy making a first appearance.

Benji Buchel will be in goal rather than Sam Slocombe and is also likely to stay in the team for the JPT game away at Dagenham on Wednesday evening.

See Jake Wright, Cameron Grant and Michael Appleton give their thoughts ahead of the game in Yellow Player where we will also have full commentary on the whole game. 

Braintree are currently 5th in the Vanarama National League and are in good form coming into the match. Manager Danny Cowley took over at the Iron this summer after Alan Devonshire's four year reign, and the former Concord Rangers boss has assembled a strong squad at the Amlin Stadium. Striker Sean Marks, who recently passed 300 games for the club, is always a handful while skipper Kenny Davis is highly-rated in midfield. However it is the meanest defence in the division that has been the foundation for this season's success, with keeper Will Norris this week named the National League Player of the Month.

“The FA Cup tie a one-off game for us so there’s no pressure on us and it’s one we can really enjoy" Cowley told the Braintree and Witham Times.“It’s a fantastic challenge to see how far we have come.”

“It’s a fantastic game for us and one we’re thoroughly looking forward to, but we know Oxford are a very very good side."


A handful of the 166 seats in the covered main stand remain on sale but the bulk of the United away support will be on the uncovered terrace behind the goal.

Those will be available on the day of the game, and are not available in advance:

Terrace Prices

Adults £17

Over 65s & those in full-time education £11

Under 16s £6

Under 11s £4

Seat Prices

Adults £18

Over 65s, those in full-time education and Under 16s £12


Departs 10am

Adult members: £15

Adult non-members: £17

Junior members: £13

Junior non-members: £15

Call 01865 337533 to book.


Sky Bet always has great odds on every United game and every single person who signs up earns the club some money. You win, the U's win. Easy. 

Click HERE for the full list of odds on this weekend’s game. 

If you can’t be with us then live full match commentary is available in Yellow Player HD. Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet where you can listen to the game live, and there will also be video interviews with all the key men plus extended highlights.  The game is being covered by the BBC's Final Score as well.

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have: 

-    An exciting match console 
-    A full match report the minute the final whistle is blown 
-    A full photo gallery of all the key moments 
-    The manager and key players' reactions in Yellow Player 
-    SMS subscribers will receive all the action straight to their mobiles. 

Or follow @OUFCOfficial on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Sunday. 

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