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Oxford Utd -v- Swindon: The A420 Will Be A Lively Road

Friday 2nd March 2012
You may of heard of a little League 2 game going on this weekend between a team from Oxfordshire and their rivals down the A420 in Wiltshire.

A high flying Swindon Town, who have had 10 league wins on the bounce, travel to a less than impressive Oxford United who managed to fluff up a dominant 45 minute peformance over Macclesfield with the worst second half peformance I have ever seen as a football fan. I've seen more exciting games on Football Manager, whilst coaching Whitby Town away at Chorley to a 0-0 draw on a Tuesday night in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. And that was rather dull.

I'll start this one sided preview by looking at United's problems, starting with the injury of midfield maestro Peter Leven. He was struck down midweek with shoulder trouble and with captain Jake Wright still out with a back injury, it's all looking a bit shaky for the spine (no pun intended) of Oxfords team. But there is more. Mehdi Kerrouche is illegible, and Tom Craddock, Tony Capaldi, JP Pittman AND Alfie Potter are still out aswell. Oxford are looking vunerable, and with Swindon at full strength they are looking ready to give us a good beating.

The Robins look especially dangerous with January deadline day signing Paul Benson scoring 6 in 8 games and Matt Ritchie leading the scoring with 9. Swindon are not only strong in the middle of the park, but they can score freely too.

Now to dispell the air of negativity with a slice of positivity.

The fourth game of the 2011/12 season, we took on Swindon at The County Ground in a game surrounded by scepticism and pulled off a shock result. We underpeformed and didn't really look like scoring but a brace from James Constable (who had been wrappped in a "will he - won't he" transfer deal with Swindon only days before) gave us an unexpected win.

So I approach this Saturday's game against Swindon confident of a win, solely based on the fact that you don't have to perform brilliantly to get a win in this grand old game called football. I may not have talked about the impending trouble between fans or our illustrious past as rivals but I have covered how they are in better form, with a better team.
Matthew Jordan

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