While United were struggling to defeat at Cheltenham, Oxford City were again showing them the way with a 2-0 victory over CTFC – Corby Town. The victory moves City up to the dizzy heights of fourth, though most of their league rivals now have a game in hand.
City were perhaps not at their best, but still looked the better side in the opening exchanges and took the lead within the first ten minutes. A Jack Mills free kick was headed on by Chris Wilmott and Andy Gunn's looping header fooled Paul Walker in the Corby goal. City continued to look the stronger side, but as the half wore on their visitors began to force their way back into the match.
Corby had offered little, but suddenly looked dangerous as Warren Carter was forced to make a handful of impressive saves to maintain the hosts' lead. However, Corby almost levelled the scores minutes before the break when a fierce strike from Sam Ives cannoned off the bar.
City started the second half in perfect fashion, doubling their lead just two minutes in after Basham found some space on the right hand side. His pinpoint pass perfectly picked out Darren Pond, who finished expertly when clean through on goal. After this, City never looked back and were able to comfortably see out the second half with little fuss. In fact, they could have won by more against a struggling Corby side.
It was an organised and professional performance, rather than a spectacular one and perhaps the most pleasing aspect for City is that they were able to secure their first clean sheet in six attempts, having occasionally leaked sloppy goals at times this season. The win takes City's unbeaten run up to four games ahead of their FA Cup clash with Yate Town this weekend.