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News Item: Friday 08 September 2017

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Town will be hoping to recover from their midweek disappointment when they travel to Kidlington in the Evo-Stik League tomorrow (9th September), kick-off 3.00pm. Not only did the defeat to Tavistock in the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday deprive the Peacocks of valuable prize money, it also brought to an end their unbeaten record this season so they will be looking to get back on track when they make their first ever visit to Yarnton Road tomorrow. Four wins from their opening four league fixtures has sent Town to the top of the West Division whilst their Oxfordshire hosts have experienced a mixed start to this season after transferring from the Central Division over the summer, currently lying in 15th spot. They have yet to win at home following an opening day draw with Yate and then defeat to Bristol Manor Farm but have gained an away victory at Winchester. They also remain in the Emirates FA Cup after thrashing St Margaretsbury 6-1 last weekend.

The Town squad will hopefully have a new face in it tomorrow subject to paperwork being processed in time for the transfer of Omar Simpson (pictured) from Paulton Rovers. The 27 year old striker was at Yeovil Town in his early career before going on to play for Chippenham Town and Frome Town, as well as a number of Western League clubs. He has also competed for Great Britain in athletics at both 200 and 400 metres. The Peacocks have also signed on former Under 18 player Matt Trump ahead of the trip east as they have a lengthy number of absentees tomorrow. Chris McGrath and Joe Charles remain on the injured list while Les Afful is suspended for one game after his sending off at Tavistock last Saturday. In addition Ben Palmer is away at a wedding and Lewis Powell is unavailable following seven day approaches from two other clubs. Assistant manager Michael Meaker is also away and Matt Villis is extremely doubtful with a hamstring injury. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” It’s a bit of a step into the unknown tomorrow at a ground we’ve never been to. What we do know is that Kidlington have plenty of talent and have had a couple of good results already so it will be tricky as it’s also one of our longest trips of the season.”     

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