Saturday’s National League North fixture at St James Park pitches Saints against Blyth Spartans.
The 2-2 draw with Chester last Saturday followed the midweek win at Boston United to see Kevin Wilkin’s side in 5th spot. Another midweek game brought a Senior Cup win at Corby on Tuesday evening and the semi-final draw sets up a February contest with Brackley Town Saints – at some point it had to happen!
Blyth did not start the season so strongly but three wins in the last five games including successive away wins see Alun Armstrong’s team in 18th place.
Those back-to-back away wins came at Guiseley by 3-1, with two goals from Dan Maguire and a first goal for Hartlepool United loanee Aaron Cunningham, and 1-0 at Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium through a Robbie Davies goal.
The sides have met only once before at SJP. Last October Saints won out 3-1 having fallen behind early. Two goals from Aaron Williams and one from Shane Byrne earned the points in a windblown game, conditions that were challenging for both sides. The weather forecast suggests a more benign afternoon this time round with a chance of light showers and a light breeze.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford and via twitter on the club website.