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Preview | Oxford City (A)

11 August 2023

Oxford City vs Rochdale AFC | Vanarama National League, Saturday 12th August, RAW Charging Stadium, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale’s first away trip of the season sees us travel to newly promoted Oxford City.

Get ready for the game by checking out all of the pre-match build-up below.


Dale fans can pay on the day at the RAW Charging Stadium, with a price increase of £1 compared to advance prices.

They will be available at the away turnstiles, which will be clearly signposted at the ground.

Click HERE for full ticket details.


Dale’s new recruits, Tommy McDermott and Jesurun Uchegbalum, could be the latest to make their debuts for the Club.

Make sure you check our social media channels at 2pm tomorrow to see how Dale will line-up.



For the second consecutive game, Dale will face a newly promoted team.

Oxford City won the National League South playoffs, beating St Albans City 4-0 in the final, to earn the right to compete in the fifth tier for the first time in their history.

They have added four new faces to their squad this summer, as well as sealing the return of goalkeeper Chris Haigh on loan from Ebbsfleet United, who was part of their promotion winning side last season.

The Hoops suffered a 5-2 defeat at Aldershot Town on the opening day last weekend. Former Gillingham and Charlton Athletic striker Josh Parker scored both of City’s goals.


There is plenty of information available on the RAW Charging Stadium HERE via Oxford City’s website.

Our hosts have also put together a guide specifically for Saturday's game, which can be found HERE.


This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.


Steven Copeland will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his fifth season at National League level.

David Hutton and Mark Chalkley are assistant referees, with David Nicholson as fourth official.


Those fans based in the UK & Ireland can listen to live match commentary, whilst overseas supporters can watch live via the National League TV platform. Click HERE for full details.

There will also be live updates via the club’s official twitter account.


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Match Reports

Report | Oxford City 0-1 Dale

12 August 2023

Ian Henderson became the first player to score for Dale in three separate tiers of football, to earn a 1-0 win at Oxford City.

His second-half goal proved to be the difference in scoreline, although Dale were dominant throughout against a stubborn home side.

Jimmy McNulty made one change from last weekend’s game against Ebbsfleet United, as Ian Henderson came in for Devante Rodney, who missed out entirely.

The hosts had a couple of shots well blocked early on, from Josh Parker and Aaron Williams-Bushell, before Dale had a goal ruled out for offside moments later.

A nice one-two on the edge of the area led to Ian Henderson receiving the ball inside the area. He clipped it over the onrushing goalkeeper, but the offside flag went up against him.

Josh Ashby and Adam Clayton exchanged efforts off target before Parker’s fierce effort straight at Louie Moulden was well held by the on-loan goalkeeper.

Dale were well in control of possession, as The Hoops sat very deep in their own half in order to frustrate McNulty’s men.

His side kept plugging away, with Harvey Gilmour having a shot inside the Oxford area well blocked, whilst Henderson had a sliding effort cleared off the line after being found by Gilmour.

Ashby and Alfie Potter, twice, sent shots off target for the hosts as the half came to a close, but after the break Dale stepped up the tempo.

Kairo Mitchell forced Oxford goalkeeper Chris Haigh into a save just two minutes into the half, when he flicked Jimmy Keohane’s low cross goalwards.

The home goalkeeper was called into action ten minutes later when he partially beat away Michael Afuye’s cross into the path of Clayton, whose first-time effort was saved by the legs of Haigh.

Mitchell headed a free-kick into the arms of the goalkeeper and George Nevett got a head on a corner kick, but could only divert wide under pressure.

There were debuts for McDermott and Uchegbulam, who were both introduced midway through the second-half, with the latter bursting down the right channel with his first action of the game and sending in a dangerous low ball which Mitchell was inches away from.

Then came the breakthrough, in the 72nd minute. Tyrese Sinclair found Keohane on the right side of the area, who pulled the ball back into the middle towards Henderson. He had timed his movement to perfection and slotted home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Dale, as they had throughout the game, controlled possession and never really looked threatened by the hosts.

Henderson had a great chance to double his tally and Dale’s lead with five minutes remaining, when he was found by Uchegbulam, but he side-footed wide of the far post.

There was another Dale debut when Kwaku Oduroh replaced Sinclair with five minutes remaining, before McDermott fired over on the stretch after some neat passing play, with what would prove to be the final action of the game.

Dale XI | Moulden, Keohane, Ebanks-Landell, Nevett, John (66’ McDermott), Clayton, Gilmour, Afuye (66’ Uchegbulam), Sinclair (85’ Oduroh), Mitchell, Henderson.

Unused subs | Shubbar, Ferguson.


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