Miserly Oxford put Tyler and Alfonso on tight leash
Oxford City’s defence weren’t exactly given an easy ride by Slough Town’s forward line on Sunday, but Jon Underwood admitted after the final whistle it didn’t quite happen for the Rebels’ front men against their miserly visitors.
Oxford have built their promotion charge on their mean defence and Alfonso Tenconi and Tyler Goodrham – both so impressive in the mid-week 4-1 win over Hampton & Richmond Borough – both struggled to make inroads.
However, the Rebels found a way to break down those defences with Josh Jackman and Matt Lench scoring in the second half from Guy Hollis’ throw-ins to help the hosts secure a 2-2 draw.
Afterwards Underwood said: “They (Oxford) didn’t have an easy ride.
“Alfonso has been brilliant for us.
“It’s the first game in a few where things just haven’t quite come off for him and they’ve defended him well.
“I thought Tyler was probably the more likely of the two of them today.
“I thought he looked bright, but even he tired before the end as well. We’ve got Ben Harris who is also a massive player for us to come off the bench, so we’ve got good options there.
“We are scoring goals again which is good. We’re scoring in twos and threes which we haven’t always done. I don’t think we’re defending badly but we’re just coming up against some good sides and they’re going to hurt you if you switch off.
“We switched off for the first goal and it was a good header, but our marking wasn’t great, and they just had the extra man on the second goal and the player took it great.
“These teams punish you when you give them opportunities and he’s (Harmon) thrashed it in.”
Having played Oxford City twice in quick succession, and Hampton in between, the Rebels now switch their attentions Chippenham Town on Saturday, one of the sides in and around them in the table and rivals for a play-off spot. It will also be the first match the Rebels have played on grass in several months.
“It’s always a difficult game and they’ve been going well,” added Underwood.
“It’s our first game on grass in three months so I’m not sure how we prepare for that.
“It’s just that we’ve had a run of games on 3G pitches away, so we’ll have to roll our sleeves up and adapt to that.
“We’ll have a think about it. They’re in and around us in the league.
“When you get a point here you aim to go and get three points in your next game but it’s not an easy place to go.”