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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED v IRON

17 March 2017

The Iron travel to the Kassam Stadium this Saturday, as they take on Oxford United in Sky Bet League One.

Graham Alexander’s men go into the game on the back of a confidence boosting victory in dramatic fashion against Rochdale during the week - a result they’ll be looking to build on.

However the U’s will be in search of a response, after they were narrowly beaten by Oldham Athletic in their last outing. 



Sam Mantom (groin) and Conor Townsend (thigh strain) will be two definite omissions from Saturday’s matchday squad.

However, Josh Morris could be in contention following his ankle gash, with Kevin van Veen a doubt after tweaking his hamstring in the midweek win over Rochdale.



Oxford got the better of Alexander’s side in the two teams’ last meeting, as they emerged 4-1 victors in the Checkatrade Trophy back in January.

It was the Iron who broke the deadlock at the Kassam Stadium, with Luke Williams winning and subsequently converting a penalty just after the ten minute mark.

However, Michael Appleton’s U’s soon restored parity, as Marvin Johnson fired home from close range following a run into the box.

The hosts completed the turnaround just four minutes later, and Kane Hemmings would open his account for the night - slotting home neatly inside the area.

Craig Davies agonisingly saw his header fly wide on the stroke of half-time, before Williams struck over after a superb piece of individual play.

Hemmings doubled his tally five minutes into the second period though, repeating the feat of Williams and dispatching from 12 yards.

The frontman then completed his and Oxford’s scoring for the night, as he tucked home a cross from the right in stoppage time.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Tue 10 Jan
2016-17 - Sat 26 Nov
EFLT R3
LG 1
Oxford 4-1 Iron
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Williams
Holmes
2013-14 - Mon 21 Apr
LG 2
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Sparrow
2013-14 - Sun 29 Dec
LG 2
Oxford 0-2 Iron
Burton, Syers
2004-05 - Fri 25 Mar
LG 2
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Baraclough
2004-05 - Sat 14 Aug
LG 2
Oxford 1-1 Iron
Hayes
2003-04 - Wed 11 Feb
DIV 3
Oxford 3-2 Iron
Torpey 2
2003-04 - Sat 23 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Beagrie
2002-03 - Sat 26 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 2-0 Oxford
Hayes, Dalglish
2002-03 - Sat 5 Oct
DIV 3
Oxford 0-1 Iron
Beagrie
2001-02 - Sat 9 Feb
DIV 3
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Hodges
2001-02 - Sat 20 Oct
DIV 3
Oxford 0-1 Iron
Torpey
1999-00 - Sat 29 Apr
DIV 2
Oxford 2-0 Iron

1999-00 - Tue 19 Oct
DIV 2
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Ipoua
1983-84 - Sat 31 Mar
DIV 3
Oxford 1-0 Iron

1983-84 - Wed 7 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 0-0 Oxford

1967-68 - Sat 30 Dec
DIV 3
Oxford 2-3 Iron
Deere 2, Sloan
1967-68 - Tue 26 Dec
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Sloan
1966-67 - Fri 10 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 2-2 Oxford
Barton, Sloan
1966-67 - Sat 18 Feb
DIV 3
Oxford 2-1 Iron
Burkinshaw
1965-66 - Sat 28 May
DIV 3
Oxford 0-3 Iron
Thomas, Bedford, Mahy
1965-66 - Sat 30 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 1-2 Oxford
Smith

Our full record against Oxford United is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
11
4
6
1
12
8
Away
11 
5
1

15
15
TOTAL
22
9
7
627
23



With 14 goals to his name so far this season, along with the previously mentioned Hemmings, Chris Maguire is the U’s’ joint-top goalscorer.

Unlike his strike partner though, Maguire has reached double figures in the league, with the Scot sitting on 10 strikes in Sky Bet League One currently.



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