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Heartbreak for Oxford United as they're knocked out of the FA Cup

Oxford United's Chris Maguire Credit: PA

Oxford United's hearts were broken at the Riverside when they were knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday.

Christhian Stuani earned Middlesbrough a 3-2 win in a storming FA Cup fifth round tie. The U's had come back from two goals down after trailing to a Grant Leadbitter penalty and a Rudy Gestede volley.

Oxford United's Chris Maguire celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game Credit: PA

United's unshakable spirit then shone through as two quick-fire second-half goals from Chris Maguire and Toni Martinez looked to have earned them a replay until Stuani stole in at the back post on 86 minutes to send the Premier League side through.

Football: Derby Day holds Oxford's fate

The view from outside the Kassam Stadium Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Oxford United Football Club are one of three teams battling it out for automatic promotion from League Two.

The U's face local rivals Wycombe Wanderers in a sell-out game at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. If they match or better Bristol Rovers result they will be assured a place in League One.

Ahead of today's 3pm kick off Michael Appleton's side sit in third place - one point above Bristol Rovers.


Lessons must be learned, says London Welsh coach

London Welsh coach Justin Burnell Credit: London Welsh

Oxford-based London Welsh must learn the lessons of their 25-21 defeat to Bristol, says Exiles’ head coach Justin Burnell. The result guaranteed Bristol top spot in the Greene King IPA Championship table, while Welsh may still need to beat Nottingham on April 26 to be sure of second place.

'We don’t make excuses; we’re not what about that,' said Burnell. 'We lost the game and it’s up to us now to rectify our errors. We defended too much, we didn’t use the ball well and when we did use it, it was a little bit too late.'

"Football disorder won't be tolerated"

The Kassam Stadium in Oxford where the clash happened during the match Credit: Press Association Images

Thames Valley Police say they're taking a zero tolerance to football violence after three more men were arrested after clashes between rival Oxford United and Bristol Rover fans. In total six men have been arrested after the match at the Kassam Stadium on February 9.

Supt Christian Bunt, said: “I will not tolerate football related disorder and I expect further arrests to be made. We cannot allow a small number of individuals to threaten the safety and enjoyment of attending a football match.

"We will also be taking a zero tolerance approach on match days where we believe trouble is likely.”

More arrests after football violence

Thames Valley Police have made three more arrests after fans of Oxford United and Bristol Rovers clashed during a mathc at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, February 9. A 47-year-old man from Marston, a 40-year-old man from Wantage and a 39-year-old man from Witney are all in police custody.

They were arrested on suspicion of committing public order offences. Three people were arrested at the match. Two men, both aged 47, have been released on bail until March 8and a third man, aged 45, has been bailed until March 9.


TRAVEL - ROADS: Oxford Half Marathon road changes

One lane closed due to Oxford Half Marathon on A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road Westbound between Horspath Road and Sandy Lane West. From 9:00 until 10:45 on Sunday 14th October.

Watlington Road in both directions closed due to Oxford Half Marathon between Grenoble Road and Berry Close. There is also no access onto Watlington Street from Oxford Road, Garsington. From 9:00 until 10:00 on Sunday 14th October.

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