Mens Blues vs. Wimbledon 24th
Oxford's men's blues took on top of the table Wimbledon, with an opportunity to
avenge their defeat in early October.
Won 2 - 0 (Allfrey, Bullock)
Home advantage favoured the dark
blues, who shared possession in a scrappy first half with few clear chances for
either side. That said, Rich Blackburn was solid in defence and Andy Armitage,
called into midfield, looked solid throughout. The game only really developed
into an exciting encounter after the break. Oxford took the game to their
opponents and several sharp breaks saw Tom Bullock and a much improved Dan
Solomon use their pace to good effect, challenging a static Wimbledon defence.
On 55 minutes the home side took the league after a short corner move that saw
leading goalscorer Chris Allfrey deflect a Tom Bullock cross into the side
The game gradually became more open as Wimbledon pushed for an
equaliser and only solid defending at short corners and one fine save from Mills
in goal kept the Oxford side ahead. The result was decided five minutes from
time when a break through the middle saw Fox deliver a ball to Bullock at the
far post, who first timed the ball past a flailing keeper.
finished 2-0, with Oxford becoming the only side to prevent Wimbledon from
scoring and leapfrogging their opponent onto 24 points. Now lying 1 point off
Beckenham at the top of an exceptionally tight south league, each week is a make
or break match for the Blues. Next week, the side plays Richmond, who took three
points from Iffley Road after a poor performance by an inexperienced early
season Oxford team. A win will be our seventh out of ten matches, that has seen
us rise from tenth to second and keep the pressure on each of the other sides
around us, most of which we still have to play.