harriers-online match preview
29th August 2003 
Oxford Utd
At Aggborough
30/8/03 3:00pm
Just before I was about to publish this preview the club announced a new loan signing.  Adam Murray arrives from Derby County for a month.

For more on Adam click here.

We face our biggest challenge in this curates egg of a season so far when we welcome 2nd placed Oxford Utd to Aggie tomorrow.

They're unbeaten in the League after picking up maximum points against Lincoln, Hull, Swansea and sharing the spoils against Scunthorpe.  On top of this they came away from the Lions Den at Millwall with a victory in the Carling Cup.

After our sterling performance at Ipswich in the Carling Cup our season seems to have misfired.  We started with good wins against Mansfield and Darlington but then after Portman Road we lost to Bury and Cheltenham on the bounce and looked very poor in both games.

Ian Britton has promised that there will be changes after the 'Nam fiasco but these may be enforced onto him anyway with Scott Stamps likely to be missing.  We may be seeing the debut of Matt Gadsby as Brit changes his defence around to make up for the loss of Stamps and also in midfield where he may try to accommodate Graham Ward in an effort to add a bit of nous.

That's been sadly lacking all season so far but, if the rumours are true, we might be seeing JJ back for a season long loan along with Gary Birch from Walsall on a shorter term loan.  This will then give Bo a chance to rest a bit after aggravating his calf injury against Cheltenham.

Adam Willis, who was sent off on Monday, will play tomorrow but misses the Bristol Rovers game next week as he serves a one match ban.

Serving a one game ban for Oxford is big striker Julian Alsop.  The former Swansea and Cheltenham star got sent off in their game against Hull City.  Andy Scott could replace him as Oxford see him as more of a target man than Mark Rawle who left Southend when they bought Drewe Broughton in.

There could also be a place on the bench for new wunderkid Dexter Blackstock.  The 19yr old has scored 7 goals in 2 games this season including all 5 in the 5 - 0 win for the U19 team at Whaddon Road.  He's being watched by scouts from Southampton, Newcastle and Arsenal and if he's named they'll be at Aggborough too.

Another U's player who's scoring goals is 24yr old Jefferson Louis.  Problem is he's scoring them for Woking in the Conference where he's on a 3 month loan.

He also hopes to be available for transfer once his spell at Woking is over.

Apart from Alsop and long term injuries Lee Steele and Jamie Brooks, Oxford hope to be at full strength and looking to pick up all three points against us.  It's up to Brit to make the changes necessary to stop them.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Ayres, Murray, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Flynn, Heath, Bennett, Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop, Lewis.

Oxford from:
Woodman, McCaldon, McNiven, Robinson, Townsley, Crosby, Waterman, Hackett, Hunt, Scott, Rawle, Whitehead, Omoyinmi, Blackstock, Cox, Bound, Brown, McCarthy, Oldfield, Basham, Ciampoli, Alexis, Lovegrove.
Previous games against Oxford Utd
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 0
1 - 1
2000 - 01

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