As I walked from the bus stop at Blackbird Leys I felt that Barnet wouldn’t give us an easy ride. Once I’d got to the stadium I thought that we would have to be at the top of our game to stop John Akinde who’s been Barnet’s top scorer this season.
The U’s lined up like this: Slocombe, Baldock, Wright, Skarz, Graham, MacDonald, Sercombe, Lundstram, Roofe and Hylton. O Dowda was on the bench, Ryan Taylor didn’t make the 18 as he was injured in Friday’s training.
The Bees lined up with Jamie Stephens in goal, Hoyte, Dembelr, N’Gala, Johnson, Weston, Champion, Clarke, Yiadom, Muggleton and Akinde. In the early exchanges Barnet looked like a well drilled team with a lot of attacking threat as John Akinde was a very formidable figure who kept Skarz tracking back. The conditions weren’t very good as the wind and rain swirled around the Kassam. In the 18th minute against the run of play it was the U’s who took the lead through Liam Sercombe who rifled in a low shot that gave Stephen’s little chance to save.
In the 25th minute the Bees equalised due to a lack of concentration through Weston. The home fans were stunned as when Jake Wright gave the ball away in a dangerous position John Akinde gave the Bees the lead in the 28th minute. Things got tougher as yet another error of judgement gave the U’s a mountain to climb as Clarke scored the Bees third goal just before the half hour mark. On 40 minutes Liam Sercombe reduced the arrears when he bundled in his 2nd of the afternoon to leave the score at 3 – 2.
Oxford came out in the 2nd half with more determination to get something out of the game but it never materialised thanks to some great goal keeping from the visiting goal keeper Jamie Stephens, whom he saved from George Baldock and Kemar Roofe.
With our unbeaten start to the season ended last weekend can we bounce back versus Stevenage on Halloween?
Win, lose or draw, Up the U’s.