Kick off 1pm, Sunday 7th November 2021
The Gas travel the short journey down the M4 to meet League One Oxford United in the first round of the FA Cup, in what promises to be a challenging afternoon.
Oxford United are riding high in League One, currently occupying the final playoff position. They have excellent form, only having lost once in their last five league games. In their team is former Bristol Rovers forward, Matty Taylor, who is always a threat and often scores against us.
The Gas approach the game on the back of an impressive away victory at Harrogate Town, and look to build some momentum. The pressure is completely off us today, we can go out and play and hopefully make a game of it. This will be a welcome break from the pressures of the league campaign.
It is difficult to expect anything other than an Oxford United victory today, but as this is the FA Cup anything is possible…
The first half ends 1-1, with The Gas giving a good account of themselves and deserve to be level at the break.
Matty Taylor, as predicted opened the scoring for Oxford after a well worked goal on eleven minutes, against the run of play I must add.
Sam Finley equalised for The Gas just before half time with a well deserved goal.
A dramatic second half saw Oxford United score five minutes after the break, then fail to take one of their many chances during the second half. Matty Taylor was on fire and hit the post twice.
The Gas kept plugging away and the reward was an 87 minute penalty, which was calmly dispatched by Anthony Evans. Despite starting without a recognised striker, The Gas manage an excellent draw against Oxford United. There is a resilience to this Rovers team, especially away from home.
2-2 at full time means the two teams will meet at the Memorial Stadium in the first round replay.
Both teams go into hat for the second round draw on Monday.