James Constable on goal trail as leaders Oxford United hit road to promotion

York Press: James Constable James Constable

YORK City will be looking to end the longest unbeaten away record in English professional football when table-topping Oxford visit Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

The U’s are the only side from the 116 teams that ply their trade in this country’s top five divisions yet to be beaten away from home in a league fixture this term.

In fact, Chris Wilder’s men have won six of their nine League Two games on the road with Fleetwood, Accrington and Cheltenham the only home teams to claim draws against the leaders this term.

Having also won their last two away games of 2012/13, Oxford are now unbeaten in 11 league fixtures on their travels.

In all matches, meanwhile, the 2010 Conference play-off final winners are without a defeat in eight games and have only lost one of their last 13 – a 1-0 home reverse to Bristol Rovers at the start of last month.

Wilder’s men also boast the best defensive record in the division with just 16 goals conceded in 20 games and their away goal tally of 20 is the highest in League Two.

Oxford will continue to be without long-term injury casualties Alfie Potter, Andy Whing and Jon Meades, who are all expected to be sidelined until February, for the trip to Bootham Crescent.

The Kassam Stadium outfit can still, however, call on the services of leading marksman James Constable, who is now second on the club’s all-time goal-scorers’ list behind 1960s and 70s legend Graham Atkinson.

Constable has netted nine times this season – including in both of his last two matches – and has now scored 101 goals in 250 games for the club during almost five-and-a-half years on their books.

That effort places him only six short of Atkinson’s haul.

Oxford (probable): Clarke, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Williams, Hall, Rose, Ruffles, Kitson, Constable.

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