Cambridge City travel to Didcot tomorrow for the fourth game of their league campaign.
The Lilywhites make the trip to Oxfordshire in good spirits after a profitable Bank Holiday weekend that saw them progress through to the next round of the FA Cup with a win at Harborough followed by a 3-2 victory over Bedford to record their first 3 points of the season.
Didcot have made an indifferent start to the season with just a win and two defeats. The win coming against Aylesbury United and the two defeats against Welwyn Garden City and their Oxfordshire rivals North Leigh on Monday.
City boss Robbie Nightingale may be tempted to start with the same team that secured the first victory of the season, but with the likes of Ross Paterson and Lewis Whitehead returning from injury as well as Salim Relizani and Jack Vasey available for selection the City manager certainly has plenty of options if he wishes to tinker with the side.
Like City, Didcot made it through to the play-offs in their respective division last season but failed to progress and have switched from what was the Western Division of the Southern League. Given that they did well last season, they are tipped by many to be in the mix come the end of the campaign.
City and Didcot have met several times in recent seasons, but we go back this week to 2009 when they met in the FA Carlsberg Trophy. The Lilywhites secured their progress through to the next round as they returned home with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Laurie Stewart goal. Two out of the three of the current management team featured in the match as Neil Midgley was up front with Steve Gentle and Robbie Nightingale in midfield. The Lilywhites were eliminated in the next round of the Trophy as they lost 1-0 against Matlock Town at Milton Road.
The Prediction Panel are back once again this week, and following our successful weekend last week, only one of them is predicting a City win. Here's what they have to say:
A good week for the team on the pitch with 2 good wins and performances. This will be a tricky test against a well fancied Didcot side. Much will depend on us taking our chances at the top of the pitch. Should be another close game. We might have to settle for a 2-2 draw.
After a good win against Bedford, we now have a trip to Didcot . I am still a bit concerned for us defensively, and would like to see big Josh up front alongside Hally, with Ryan just behind them and get it forward quickly. Didcot 2 City 2
Tomorrow will be another difficult game, but after the win on Monday it will give us a lot of confidence. It will be tough, but I am going for a 2-1 win.
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