Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Unbeaten Away Run, Stadium Update and Loan News

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Oxford United emerged with a much more successful week than some of their recent ones with four points gained in League One.

Elsewhere, another U’s youngster has left on loan and there has been an update on the club’s stadium proposal.

Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Four Points Gained On the Road

Another Youngster Leaves On Loan

Oxford United youngster Yoav Sade has joined North Leigh on a month’s loan.

The right-back has previously enjoyed loans at Braintree Town, Ware and Stratford Town and will join with fellow U’s loanee Will Owens at the Millers.

The 22-year-old is still yet to make an appearance for Oxford despite arriving in 2019.

U’s Draw at Portsmouth

Oxford headed to Fratton Park on Tuesday night to face a Portsmouth side that picked up their first win in six last time out.

However, despite the U’s also being in bad form, they took a deserved lead on the south coast with Kyle Joseph rifling one home after 16 minutes.

But Billy Bodin picked up a second yellow card on 72 minutes and just six minutes later, Pompey found a deserved equaliser.

The hosts pushed against the ten men but couldn’t find a winner. Oxford held on but found themselves just two points clear of the bottom four ahead of a trip to fifth-placed Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Stadium Update

Oxford’s search for a new stadium continues and the club have issued an update on the work undertaken so far.

After Oxford County Council decided in March 2022 to authorise officers to begin negotiations with the club over the potential for a new stadium at Stratfield Brake, significant work has been undertaken to help inform these negotiations.

The club remain committed to securing a world-class, secure and sustainable new home for the football team and to maximise the club’s contribution to the local Oxfordshire community.

Alongside this, early engagement with the local community and Oxford supporters has also taken place via online surveys and we are pleased to publish the results of these consultations.

The statement added: “With over 1,200 responses received across the two surveys, we would like to thank residents and fans who participated in the surveys and provided their much-valued feedback.

“The resident survey identified that transport and highways was the key area that residents wanted to see addressed in our proposals and we look forward to setting out our plans to address this and enable a shift to more sustainable travel measures as part of our package of measures.

“It should also be noted that over 70 per cent of respondents to the resident survey identified that they would be more likely to attend OUFC matchdays should the proposals for a new stadium come forward in Kidlington.”

Niall McWilliams, Chief Strategy Officer stated “We are very pleased to be able to update fans and the local community on the significant work that has been taking place behind the scenes.

“This has included looking at the various options available to ensure that the club can deliver on its promises to the local community and our fan community.

“I am particularly pleased to publish the findings from our initial engagement which has directly helped to inform the direction in which we are going.

“I look forward to further direct engagement with the community in the coming months as we start formal consultation on our emerging principles early in the new year.”

Away Win Against the Wanderers

Oxford continued their good away form with a 3-1 win on the road at Bolton Wanderers.

The U’s took the lead through Djavan Anderson before Ciaron Brown struck a second from 20 yards after the break.

The hosts did reduce the deficit with a well-worked goal but the U’s restored their two-goal advantage through Steve Seddon.