Oxford City make history

Oxford City celebrate after beating League Two side Colchester United to set up a tie with Notts County. Picture: Michael Allen

Oxford City have been drawn away to Notts County in the Emirates FA Cup second round following the club’s first win against a Football League side in their 135-year history.

The tie at Meadow Lane, home to Kevin Nolan’s Sky Bet League Two leaders, will be played between December 1 and 4.

The Hoops made it through the first round by beating League Two Colchester United, who were on the wrong end of an FA Cup giant killing as City, despite riding their luck at times, returned from Essex with a 1-0 win.

The part-timers caused the upset thanks to a second half Matt Paterson header.

City boss Mark Jones admitted he would have preferred a home tie but that it was still a positive draw.

He said: “It’s a fantastic tie. Notts County have lots of history and we’ve already got through against a League Two club so why not give it another go?

“It’s obviously a really big test for us there but I think it’s a good draw for us and one that we can look forward to.

“We were looking for a home draw but it is what it is and we will go there and give it our best.”

Jones, whose side are struggling in the National League South relegation zone, added: “It’s a good incentive for the players to make sure we perform well in the league over the next few weeks and I’m sure they’ll all be wanting to get in the side when we play Notts County.”

It is only the second time the club has reached the second round stage of the FA Cup.

City’s run, which has so far swept aside Whitehawk, Leiston and Bognor Regis Town, has netted the club £42,500 in prize money.

Jones was full of praise for his giant killing team after knocking out their fourth opponent of the competition.

He said: “It was a great day for us and everything that we hoped would happen happened.

“Colchester had an off day and we played very well. It’s tremendous for the club and these types of days don’t come along very often.”

But before he leads his side out against Notts County, Oxford face three pivotal league fixtures, starting with a trip to Chelmsford City on Saturday.

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