Football

RAF Men's Inter Services preparations derailed by Oxford City in 5-0 thumping

A good first-half performance was undone in the second period as Oxford grabbed four of their five goals.

 

The RAF men's football team suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of tier 6 side Oxford City.

The Air Force were unfortunate to be a goal down at half-time after a good performance against the National League South team.

However, in the second half, they looked frail at the back and conceded four more to complete the defeat.

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It was a fixture that the Air Force targeted to give themselves a challenge and they rose to it in the first 45 minutes.

A number of good opportunities were wasted including a point-blank diving header which was sent over from six yards.

They also felt they could have had two penalties, but the referee decided Mike Campbell and Gibraltar international Jake Gosling were not fouled on both occasions.

Despite the momentum, a goal against the run of play deflated the RAF.

George Harmon's powerful strike went through the RAF goalkeeper Christian Paulett-Brigg and gave Oxford a half-time lead.

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RAF head coach Andy Kuchta will have expected a response in the second half but his side conceded after just a minute.

The referee decided Tom Claisse had fouled the Oxford attacker in the box meaning the home side were given a penalty – which Lewis Coyle converted.

Jacob Bancroft added a third as the RAF's attempts to get back in the game left them open at the back.

The match was a chance for some Oxford players – including a trialist – to make an impression.

The winger made his case for a place in the team with two late goals to give Oxford a 5-0 win.

The next time some of these RAF players will be in action is during next week's UKAF fixture against the Irish Defence Forces which you can watch LIVE on the Forces News Facebook page.