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  Game of the Week


 

Mens Blues vs. Wimbledon 24th January 2004
Won 2 - 0 (Allfrey, Bullock)

Oxford's men's blues took on top of the table Wimbledon, with an opportunity to avenge their defeat in early October.

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 netting.

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.

The game 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.
 
 


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