Back to league action for the under-23s against Crewe
In what has been a busy season so far, the under-23s have actually gone three weeks since they last played a league game. That was a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday 4th November, played at Curzon Ashton.
Since, we’ve played two cup games, both at Gawthorpe. Three days after that Sheffield Wednesday game we came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Crystal Palace in the Premier League Cup, with goalkeeper Adam Legzdins scoring the late equaliser, and thirteen days ago we progressed in the Lancashire Senior Cup with a 3-1 win against AFC Fylde.
Despite the league inaction, we have dropped just one place in the table to third and now take our unbeaten record into today’s game against a Crewe side who are one place and one point behind us although they have wasted two opportunities to move ahead of us since we last played but have lost both games.
Their six wins is two more than we have but they have also lost six and only bottom of the league Bolton have lost more. They beat Sheffield United 5-1 in October to go second in the table and followed that up with a 0-0 draw against leaders Nottingham Forest. Since, they have been beaten by Barnsley, Millwall and Birmingham with all but the Barnsley game of t hose five at home.
As for us, it is fantastic to see that defeat column still showing zero, and we can add four unbeaten cup games to that, but we do need to start getting some more wins if we want to start challenging for top two place.
This particular home fixture has ended in a win in each of the last two seasons. We won 1-0 with a goal from Ed Cook two seasons ago. Last season we won 3-1 with Dan Agyei, who netted his first Oxford goal two days ago, scoring twice and Tinashe Chakwana also on the scoresheet.
Andy Farrell (pictured) is expected to be in charge again today for the 2 p.m. kick off at Tameside Stadium, home of Curzon Ashton.Share this page :