Oxford City placed in Blue Square Bet North by Football Association


Oxford City chairman Brian Cox says he is disappointed by the Football Association's decision to put the team in Blue Square Bet North after their promotion from the Southern League.

Cox's side had been hoping to have played in Blue Square Bet South.

But Kettering's withdrawal due to financial problems gave Maidenhead a reprieve from relegation, and they will now remain in the south division.

"We were hoping we'd go in the south," Cox told BBC Radio Oxford.

"Obviously that's what we would have preferred. But you've got to get on with it. I don't want this to detract from what we did last season," he added.

"Let's move on and do what we've got to do. It's simply what teams go down and what teams come up. It's just your luck in that way."

Bishop's Stortford found themselves in a similar situation the previous season and received compensation for the extra travelling expenses.

And Cox is hoping Mike Ford's team, who will face long trips - including a 560-mile round trip to Workington, will receive similar treatment.

"Last year Bishop's Stortford did get £12,000 for travelling, obviously we'll be looking into that," he said. "Anything that can help us, we'll be looking into.

"What we're worried about is people coming down from the north, the away support - I think we'd have got better support from the southern clubs."

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