Cambridge City visit basement club Kidlington tomorrow as they look to get their league programme back on track.
Itís been a difficult few weeks for the Lilywhites which has seen them lose 2 of their last 3 league games, as well as some changes to squad personnel. Centre back Jordan Gent joined Biggleswade last Friday whilst Salim Relizani has had his league registration cancelled with his Kershaw league registration being transferred to Cherry Hinton. Defender Jack Wilkinson is now Lowestoft whilst Andre Olukanmi joined Stratford Town.
Last week, City lost out to a last gasp winner at fellow promotion hopefuls Berkhamsted. That game saw the likes of youngsters Harry England and Isaac Maynard get a start due to injuries to Ross Paterson and Josh Simpson. Hopefully one or both of those will be OK to resume tomorrow, but Josh Oyinsan will be out as he starts his suspension following the sending off at Soham in the Cambs Invitation Cup defeat 10 days ago.
Itís fair to say that Kidlington have had a difficult start to the season. Having played 12 games, they have amassed just 7 points, scored 12 goals and conceded 42. However, there are glimpses that the rot has stopped and go into the game having won 6-1 against Yaxley last week. This has all coincided with the appointment of Julian McCalmon as manager who returned to the Greens hotseat following the resignation of Ady Fuller.
A bit more on Kidlington FC....
Known as The Greens, Kidlington were formed in 1909 and in the mid -1950ís moved to the Hellenic League. They stayed in that league switching between the Premier Division and Division One until 2015/16 where they finished as runners-up and were promoted to the Southern League. They were transferred from Division One West at the end of last season.
The hosts tomorrow play at Yarnton Road which has a capacity of approx, 1,500.
Despite their lowly position, City fans think that this may still a tight encounter for the Lilywhites. Hereís what they had to say:
"On paper we got to Kidlington as big favourites for the points. However, it wonít be easy as Kidlington have had a good result in their last game, and we have injuries and suspensions. I am going for a tight 2-1 win for City".
"It was disappointing to lose at Berkamsted last weekend. Tomorrow will be another tough game, but it is a must win for us. They had an amazing result against Yaxley last weekend which will give them confidence, but I think we still have enough quality to get a win and get us back on track. Iím going for a 4-2 win".
Also this weekendÖ.
A reminder that the City Ladies team have the re-match against Cambridge United Women in the First Round of the SSE Womens FA Cup. The match will be played at Mildenhall Town FC and will kick-off on Sunday lunchtime at 1:00pm.
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