Oxford 1-0 Rushden & D'mnds

16 February 2010 09:51
Adam Chapman's late penalty secured a vital victory for Blue Square Premier leaders Oxford United against promotion rivals Rushden & Diamonds.Chapman's 86th-minute winner came after substitute Matthew Green was fouled by Jamie Stuart in the area. [LNB]Captain James Constable had missed a penalty just before the break, firing his attempt over Dale Roberts' crossbar after Curtis Osano handled in the box. [LNB]The U's are now three points clear of Stevenage with a game in hand. [LNB]Oxford's closest promotion rivals suffered a 1-0 defeat in their last league game, at the hands of the U's opponents on Tuesday night, Rushden & Diamonds. [LNB]With little between the two sides, Chris Wilder's men will be delighted to have ground out a win against a Diamonds side who were unbeaten in their last seven league games, having won six and drawn one. [LNB][LNB]Oxford Utd: Clarke, Batt, Wright, Day, Tonkin, Bulman (Chapman 69), Hargreaves, Clist, Midson (Matthew Green 63), Constable, Deering (Francis Green 90). Subs Not Used: Turley, Creighton. [LNB]Booked: Wright. [LNB]Goals: Chapman 86 pen. [LNB]Rushden & D'monds: Roberts, Corcoran, Stuart, Downer (Osano 37), Robinson, Tomlin, Wolleaston, Terry (Porter 82), Byrne, O'Connor, Louis (Farrell 46). Subs Not Used: Day, Akurang. [LNB]Booked: Louis, Stuart. [LNB]Att: 7,625. [LNB]Ref: Steve Creighton (Berkshire).

Source: BBC_Sport