Borough and Oxford, the entertainers, all set for Priory Lane clash

Jack Evans is an injury doubt
Jack Evans is an injury doubt

By Derren Howard

Two of the National League South’s entertainers will go head to head at Priory Lane tomorrow (Saturday 3pm).

Oxford City, the joint highest scorers in the league, have been welcome additions to National South following their promotion last season.

They have adapted to the higher level with a swagger and are third in the table with 39 goals to their name this season - only Steve King’s Whitehawk can match them in the goals for column.

Borough, although not the most prolific in front of goal with 19, have earned a reputation for their stylish brand of football. Boss Tommy Widdrington believes tomorrow’s clash can match the cracking 2-2 draw the two sides played out earlier this season.

“For me that was one of the best games of football I have seen in this division,” Widdrington said. “It was a great advert for football in this division with both sides going for the win. The football was played on the floor rather than in the air and sometimes that’s not the case for many games at this level.

“We like to play a certain way and so do Oxford, let’s hope we can come out on top.”

Borough are 15th in the league standings on 22 points from their 15 matches. They are eight points from the play-off places and five points above the drop zone. Their FA Cup and FA Trophy matches have seen them play fewer league matches than many of the teams around them and Widdrington will hope to claw those points back during a hectic December.

Between now and January 2 Borough have seven matches, five of which are league, one in the FA Trophy plus a Sussex Senior Cup clash against Three Bridges on Tuesday, December 9.

Widdrington said, “We know it will be busy and we will be prepared as we can be. We have a smallish squad and I just hope we don’t pick up injuries in the coming weeks.”

Widdrington will assess the fitness of Jack Evans, Kane Haysman, Kiran Khinda-John and Elliott Romain. All didn’t train on Thursday following their FA Trophy exploits.