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Preview: Oxford City (H)

1 December 2017

Notts County host Oxford City in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup looking to book a place in the third round for the first time in six years.

The Magpies rallied from 2-0 down to beat League One side Bristol Rovers 4-2 in round one, while City caused a big upset with their 1-0 win away at Colchester United, making it to round two for only the second time in the club's history and the first time since the 1969-70 season.

The Hoops have navigated their way through four stages to get this far and have been rewarded with a plum tie on the television as BT Sport will broadcast the game live.

They currently occupy 19th place in the National League South, though they have seen an upturn in form since their round-one victory, taking seven points from a possible nine to move out of the relegation zone.

And, having already knocked out League Two opposition earlier in the competition, they will come to Meadow Lane with nothing to fear.

Adult tickets for the game are priced just £15. Click here for more details.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"They have already beaten a good side in Colchester so for them to have that scalp means they will come here full of confidence and with nothing to lose.

"They will run themselves into the ground. We have to make sure we match them in every department and hopefully our quality will shine through."

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Oxford City coach Joe Deeney says...

“We believe we have good enough players to be more than a match for anyone and we certainly aren’t going to Notts County with a mentality of accepting our fate.

“The challenge for us is not looking at the game as a season-definer. We can go there and express ourselves.

“We know what's at stake, but we also know what massive rewards are there for us.”

Team news

Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi are doubtful for the game with leg and groin injuries respectively, while Callum Saunders has been suffering with flu in the build-up.

Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor remain sidelined by long-term injuries but manager Kevin Nolan has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.


Matt Paterson was the hero of round one for the Hoops, scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win at Colchester.

The striker has plenty of EFL experience having started his career at Southampton, where he scored twice in 22 appearances before joining Southend in January 2010.

After loan spells with Stockport, Hamilton and Forest Green, he left Roots Hall to sign for Burton, who he helped to the League Two play-offs.

After spending 2013-14 with Aldershot, he signed for Gosport Borough and scored 25 goals before joining Havant & Waterlooville, who he helped to win promotion to the National League South with 18 goals in 30 games.

He joined Oxford City this summer, reuniting with Justin Bennett, his strike partner from Gosport, with whom he had enjoyed a fruitful partnership - the duo scoring 58 goals between them in 2014-15.

Unfortunately, Bennett picked up a serious injury in pre-season, leaving Paterson to shoulder the responsibility of being the team's chief goalscorer for this campaign.

What are the odds?

Front-of-shirt sponsors for the game William Hill have priced Notts up as 1/4 favourites to secure passage to round three, while the visitors are 11/1 to pull off an upset. A draw, which would see the tie go to a replay, is 9/2.

The Magpies sealed their place in round two with a 4-2 victory over Bristol Rovers in the first round and the same scoreline this time around can be backed at 40/1.

A comfortable 3-0 win for Notts is 13/2 or a narrow 1-0 victory is priced 15/2.

Notts are 15/8 to win the game with both teams scoring or 10/11 to win the game to-nil.

With Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead doubtful for the game, Jonathan Forte could find himself starting up front and the striker is 7/2 to score the first goal, 4/1 to score two or more or 18/1 to bag a hat-trick.

Central defender Shaun Brisley is 33/1 to open the scoring, while his usual partner at the heart of the defence, Richard Duffy, is 25/1 to find the net first.

You can bet on the game here.

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Report: Notts 3-2 Oxford City

Grant's last-minute winner puts Notts into third round draw

2 December 2017

Jorge Grant struck a last-minute winner to put Notts County into the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Richard Duffy and Jon Stead (pen) twice fired Notts ahead but the visitors levelled the scores on both occasions, Rob Sinclair and Matt Paterson looking to have secured a replay for their side.

However, Grant had the last word, lashing into the roof of the net from a yard out in the final minute to ensure Notts were in the hat for round three.

Manager Kevin Nolan made one change from the team which started last weekend's 2-1 win over Colchester United with Jon Stead recovering from a leg injury to take the place of Shola Ameobi, who missed out with a groin injury.

The Magpies started well, working a free-kick routine into the Oxford City penalty area but Cristian Navarro was on hand to clear the danger before Lewis Alessandra saw his low cross, intended for Stead, cut out.

Shaun Brisley headed off-target from Carl Dickinson's cross before, at the other end, Matt Paterson, who scored City's winner in round one, headed wide at the back post after a corner caused havoc in the Notts ranks.

Another Dickinson cross spelt danger for the visitors before the half-hour mark but Stead was unable to turn the ball home at the near post.

The striker then saw an acrobatic volley turned around wide by visiting goalkeeper Jack Stevens - but Notts would take the lead from the subsequent corner.

Dickinson's cross was headed across the face of goal by Brisley and, with Oxford unable to clear their lines, Duffy bundled the ball home from a couple of yards out for his second goal of the season.

Notts had another opportunity to double their lead five minutes before the break when Dickinson lined up a free-kick 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the full-back couldn't beat the wall and 1-0 was how it stayed going into the interval.

City fired a warning shot shortly after the restart, Navrro volleying the ball over from just inside the penalty area, before Notts came agonisingly close to a second when Stead's deflected effort cannoned off the post after the forward had held off Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain to latch on to Brisley's ball over the top.

And, just as Notts were cursing their misfortune, the visitors fired home an unlikely leveller, Sinclair picking out the bottom corner after composing himself in the Notts area.

The Magpies needed a swift response and got one two minutes later, winning a penalty after Terry Hawkridge was hacked to the ground by Freddie Grant in the area after he looked set to score from Jorge Grant's lay-off.

Stead took responsibility for the spotkick, sending Stevens the wrong way to nudge Notts back ahead in what was turning into an event-filled cup tie.

And Notts had a golden opportunity to compound the visitors' disappointment when Alessandra capitalised on a defensive error to scamper through on goal. A City defender made a heroic challenge just as he was about to shoot.

City reminded Notts of their own threat shortly afterwards, Paterson curling the ball narrowly wide after being set up by Sinclair, before Alessandra landed a header on top of the net from Tootle's cross.

That was to be the former Rochdale man's final action as he made way for Jonathan Forte.

And Notts kept up their pressure, once again coming close to giving themselves breathing space in the contest when Yates' low effort was weakly parried by Stevens. The keeper recovered in time to prevent Stead an easy tap in, but Notts then worked the ball to Hawkridge in space inside the area. His low shot across goal flashed inches wide.

Once again, however, City made Notts pay for not killing the game off as, with a quarter of an hour to play, Paterson swept home Zac McEachran's low cross to spark scenes of jubilation in the away end.

Now the onus was back on Notts, who saw Elliott Hewitt's 20-yard piledriver blocked before Grant's close-range volley following a neat move was pushed away by Stevens.

With a replay looming large, another superb opportunity passed the Magpies by when, after Hewitt had sent Hawkridge to the byline with a superb through ball, the winger's cut-back just evaded Forte in the centre.

Four minutes were added on at the end of the match and Notts, who have made a habit of scoring late winners this season, did so once again.

Forte's flicked header was palmed away by Stevens but Grant, ever the predator, was in the right place at the right time to smash home and break City hearts.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Oxford City (H)

Emirates FA Cup match to be broadcast live on BT Sport

1 August 2017

Tickets are on sale for Notts County's Emirates FA Cup second-round tie against Oxford City on Saturday 2 December.

The match, which will be broadcast on BT Sport, will kick-off at 12.30pm.

Oxford City have already beaten League Two opposition in the competition, claiming the scalp of Colchester United in round one.

And, with a place in the prestigious third round at stake, as well as a large television audience watching on, both sides will be keen to progress.

Supporters who buy and retain a ticket for this match will enjoy priority access to third-round tickets should the Magpies progress and be drawn at home against high-profile opposition.

Prices are as follows:

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £15 £15 £15
Seniors (60+) £10 £10 £10
Young adults (18-21) £10 £10 £10
Under 18s (12-17) £5 £5 £5
Under 12s (7-11) £1 £1 £1
Under 7s† (0-6) Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

Season ticket holders will be able to reserve their seat in store or by calling 0115 955 7210 until 5.30pm on Saturday 25 November, after which time all remaining seats will be released for general sale.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.


Hospitality is priced £35 for this fixture, with a delicious brunch on offer in the newly-refurbished 1862 Suite.

Please contact or call 0115 955 7222 for more information.

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