Saturday, September 11, 2010



Oxford signed Tom Craddock just before the deadline and that immediately eased the pressure on James Constable, who was carrying much of the offensive level of expectation for the U's and he responded with a hat trick against Morecambe, as United eased to a 4-0 win. Craddock and Josh Payne, another player who signed just before the window closed played their part and whilst Craddock was a little short of the tempo, he will strip a lot fitter today and having scored 40 goals in a season and a half for Luton, will be looking to be equally as prolific in Division 2 and could form a fearsome two pronged strike force with Constable.
Payne is a very talented youngster, who recently joined Doncaster Rovers from West Ham, where he was highly thought of and only just fell short of the level required. He has come for some match practice and is far too good for the fourth tier. We have already seen how solid United are at the back and now that they have found some form at the other end of the pitch and increased their options, this potentially very big lower level club should continue their rise up the FL ladder. Hereford have not scored a league goal for 524 minutes and whilst they are creating more chances than that might indicate, they have injury problems again today and have not been able to play a settled team all season, I have to take the unchanged visitors, who have a touch of class, off level ball.

Oxford level ball ......... min 1.77
Good Luck.

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