By Isaac Dodshonhttp://gty.im/1284279917
Oxford City host League One Northampton Town this Monday night in what could be a classic instance of FA Cup magic, if the home side manage to shock The Cobblers.
Oxford are looking to pull off an FA Cup shock under the lights after getting through their qualifying matches, the most recent of which relied on an 88th-minute winner from David Oldfield’s side. They go into this game after just succumbing to their first loss of the season against Hampton & Richmond Borough. However, due to the postponement of their fixture against St Albans City, they have had two weeks to recuperate and prepare for what is a chance to prove themselves against a team that is three tiers above them in the English football pyramid.http://gty.im/1283246447
Northampton, on the other hand, have had a mixed season so far, which won’t disappoint them considering they are a newly promoted side. This will explain why their recent form is fairly inconsistent with two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five games in League One.http://gty.im/1163813305
The match could be a big chance for Scott Pollock to write his name into FA Cup history after the midfielder was set to become another player that was somehow completely missed by football academies across the country but through an infamous club on YouTube, Hashtag United, he was noticed by Northampton. After winning the LFE Apprentice of the Year award last season, he’ll be looking to push on and make his mark in the oldest cup competition in football.http://gty.im/1282551713
Keith Curle has been fairly respectful of Oxford City and is wary of the threat they pose to his Northampton side, showing that he is keeping in mind the possibility of an FA Cup shock. However, they will still go into this fixture expecting to win due to the quality of their side in comparison with Oxford City FC, but in the FA Cup anything is possible.