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Maidstone await winners of twice postponed FA Trophy tie between Maidenhead United and Oxford City

Maidenhead United should finally get a chance to complete their first-round FA Trophy clash with Oxford City on Tuesday night.

The Magpies are a little lucky they’re not already out of the competition, after the first match was abandoned with little over 10 minutes to play with City leading 1-0.

Referee Carl Brook called a halt to proceedings with weather conditions worsening and with patches of the York Road surface in an unplayable condition.

A late, out-of-control, sliding challenge on Harold Odametey forced the referee to consider the safety of the players and he wisely ended the game early.

The tie was initially rescheduled for Tuesday, December 18, but that game was postponed a few hours before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

United should go into the game as slight favourites, despite their mixed recent form.

However, the ninth-placed National League South side showed before Christmas they’re more than capable of causing an upset and are one of their division’s most in-form teams. Surprisingly they lost 2-1 at home to Hungerford on New Year’s Day and face a trip to St Alban’s City before returning to York Road on Tuesday.

Victory would net the Magpies £6,000 from the FA prize fund.

A trip to Maidstone United in the second round on Saturday, January 12, awaits the winners.

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