Blues Look Forward to Brookes battle

Blues confident ahead of Xchanging Brookes Varsity Match

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The Blues take on Oxford Brookes tonight at 19:00 at a floodlit Iffley Road Stadium, seeking a second consecutive Xchanging Brookes Varsity Match victory.

The fixture takes on extra significance tonight as it also doubles as the Blues’ home league fixture against their noisy neighbours.

Iffley Road ready for a feisty affair having been cleared of snow.

A last-gasp 2-1 comeback on the first day of the season back in October has proved the catalyst for the Blues to remain unbeaten in competitive fixtures all season, and they lie top of the league, four points clear of rivals Brookes.

Defender Ben May admits Brookes will be seeking revenge, calling it “the biggest game that most of the Brookes players will play in their lives”.

However, he remains confident that “spoiling the Brookes party should be no problem”.

A Dark Blue victory in their first game of a snow-hit term would be a strong statement of intent to the rest of the league that the Blues intend to win promotion in style this season.

Despite a comfortable 2-0 victory in last year’s inaugural Brookes Varsity, the home outfit will be taking nothing for granted tonight.

Captain Sam Donald told The Tab, “We started poorly in our league game against Brookes last term but showed great character to come back, this time we’ll dominate from the early stages, and continue our 100% record in the league.”

A crowd upwards of 400 people is anticipated, and the Blues will be hopeful for a strong home contingent to compete with the boisterous away support Brookes will undoubtedly bring .

The Blues are set for a dramatic encounter under the floodlights

It is a chance to settle scores both on and off the pitch, as midfielder Casey O’Brien acknowledges: “I’ve spent many a lonely walk home from Fuzzy Ducks thanks to this lot. Friday is a chance to put it right”.

The added dimension of the Xchanging Brookes Varsity Match doubling as a BUCS league game lends a unique intrigue to the match and piles pressure on the away side to get a result in normal time.

With tickets on sale at just £5 (contact [email protected]) and a few musical surprises planned to please the fans, Friday evening promises to be an exciting event from the off, and both teams are sure to be looking forward to the opportunity to play under floodlights in front of a lively crowd.