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Heartbreak for Oxford fans as they lose 3-2 in a cracking Wembley final

Oxford's Kemar Roofe dejected after Barnsley's third goal Credit: PA

Barnsley were crowned Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners for the first time after fighting back from a goal down to beat Oxford 3-2 at Wembley.

An inspired Oxford side had been great value for a lead on the half-hour courtesy of Callum O'Dowda, but Barnsley hit back in the second half, first when leading marksman Sam Winnall's header forced an own-goal from Cheyenne Dunkley.

Goals from Ashley Fletcher and man-of-the-match Adam Hammill then livened things up for the Tykes, who had lost an FA Cup semi-final at this venue to Cardiff eight years ago.

However, the U's set up a tense finish through Danny Hylton's header, and a crowd of nearly 60,000 were treated to some end-to-end football all the way through six minutes of stoppage time before the Barnsley fans could at last celebrate.

Alex MacDonald kneels dejected as Barnsley seal the win Credit: PA


Come on you U's - Oxford go for Wembley success in JPT final

Oxford fan Timmy Mallet can't wait Credit: ITV Meridian

More than 30 000 Oxford United fans are heading to Wembley for the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

They face League One side Barnsley in the U's third appearance at the home of football- where they've yet to lose.

We're here! Credit: Chris Maughan

The team travelled up on Friday and held a training session yesterday, but the fans are already arriving for the match which kicks off at 2.30.

Oxford chairman Darryl Eales all smiles at Wembley Credit: Chris Maughan

Oxford have promotion to League One firmly on their minds, but today's battle is a great day out for both players and fans.

We'll have web updates throughout the day and a full report on Meridian Tonight at 6.35

More than 16,000 runners prepare for Reading Half Marathon

More than 16,000 runners will take to the streets of Reading on Sunday for the town's annual half marathon. Last year's race was won by Kenyan Amos Kiplagat - he crossed the finish line in one hour and three minutes. But, of course, many taking part are not elite athletes - for some, it's their first attempt at a 13-mile run. Mel Bloor has met one novice runner - whose voice will be very familiar to radio listeners from across the Thames Valley.


Reading Half Marathon road closures

  • A33 (southbound) entire Bennet Road gyratory system from 9.45am to 10.55am
  • Bennet Road entire length from 9.50am to 3pm
  • Basingstoke Road between Imperial Way & Callington Road from 9am to 11.25am
  • Island Road entire length from 9.30am to 2.10pm
  • Hartland Road entire length from 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Whitley Wood Road between Hartland Road & Shinfield Road from 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Shinfield Road between Whitley Wood Road & Christchurch Road from 9.30am to 11.45am
  • Pepper Lane entire length from 9.30am to 11.55am
  • Christchurch Road entire length from 9.30am to 12.15pm
  • Kendrick Road entire length from 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • London Road between Sidmouth Street & Crown Street from 9.45am to 12.30pm
  • London Street entire length from 9am to 12.40pm
  • Mill Lane (north & southbound) entire length from 7am to 12.40pm
  • Duke Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • Thorn Lane entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • Yield Hall Place entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • Minster Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • Gun Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • King Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • King’s Road between Abbey Street and King Street from 9.30am to 12.40pm
  • Abbey Square entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Abbey Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Abbots Walk entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • The Forbury entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Butter Market entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • High Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Market Place entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Blagrave Street between Valpy Street and Friar Street 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Valpy Street entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Friar Street between Blagrave Street and West Street from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • Station Road entire length from 9.30am to 12.45pm
  • West Street entire length 9am to 12.45pm
  • Oxford Road between West Street and Bedford Road (restricted access from 9am) from 9am to 12.55pm
  • Russell Street entire length 9.30am to 12.55pm
  • Tilehurst Road between Russell Street and Liebenrood Road 9.30am to 1.15pm
  • Liebenrood Road entire length 9.30am to 1.30pm
  • Bath Road between Circuit Lane and Coley Avenue from 9.30am to 1.40pm
  • Castle Hill entire length from 9.30am to 1.40pm
  • Coley Avenue between Bath Road and Berkeley Avenue 9.30am to 1.40pm
  • Berkeley Avenue between Elgar Road and Shaw Road from 9.30am to 1.50pm
  • Rose Kiln Lane (northbound) between Berkeley Avenue and junction with A33 from 9.30am to 1.50pm
  • A33 (northbound) between Bennet Road and IDR from 9.30am to 2.20pm
  • Lindisfarne Way entire length 9.45am to 10.55am
  • Longwater Avenue entire length from 7am to 3pm
  • Brook Drive entire length from 7am to 3pm
  • Northern Way entire length from 7am to 3pm
  • Hoops Way entire length from 7am to 3pm
  • Shooters Way entire length from 7am to 3pm
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Madejski Stadium to host Champions Cup semi-final

Reading's Madejski Stadium will host an all-English European Champions Cup semi-final next month.

Saracens will meet Northampton at the Madejski Stadium. Credit: PA

Even though the quarter-finals are still more than a week away, the opening semi-final on April 23 will see the winners of Saracens and Northampton meeting either Exeter or Wasps, with tournament organisers confirming Reading as venue for that game.

And Leicester could also end up playing a semi-final in England - if they beat last-eight opponents Stade Francais and Racing 92 overcome Champions Cup holders Toulon.

Should a Leicester versus Racing tie transpire, then that match has been confirmed for Sunday, April 24 at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.

If Leicester and Toulon win, though, then Tigers face a trip to Nice, with the Allianz Riviera stadium also hosting a possible Toulon against Stade Francais encounter. If Racing and Stade Francais make the last four, then their clash has been confirmed for the MMArena in Le Mans.

Oxford hope to maintain winning streak in annual Boat race

The Oxford crew after a training session Credit: PA

Thousands of people will be lining the River Thames this afternoon to watch the annual Oxford versus Cambridge boat race.

Oxford have won the last three encounters, although Cambridge start the race as slight favourites.

More than a quarter of a million people will be coming to see the Cancer Research UK Boat Race, starting at Putney Bridge in London.

Crowds at the 2015 Boat Race Credit: PA

This year the women's race starts at 3.10pm with the men taking part at 4.10pm.

The four-and-a-quarter mile route starts from Putney Bridge, travelling to Hammersmith, through Barnes and finishing at Chiswick Bridge.

Oxford cox Sam Collier Credit: PA

Oxford cox Sam Collier, 20, said: "There are tactical considerations (because of the weather), but it's a stream, and you just have to deal with what you get.

"It's always to your advantage to avoid clashes, and the umpire is there to help stop boats coming together.

Clashing is just a part of this race. It's something that can happen and you just get your crew through, if it does happen, as best you can."

The Cambridge team during a training session Credit: PA
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