AFC Telford United stunned by defeat at Oxford City

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Promotion-chasing AFC Telford United stay top of the Conference North table despite a shock 2-0 defeat at struggling Oxford City.

The Bucks faced an uphill struggle when right-back Dan Preston was given a straight red card for a professional foul six minutes after the break.

Adam Learoyd then headed City in front from the corner that followed a superb one-handed save by Ryan Young.

Tom Winters wrapped up victory for City four minutes from time.

Making their first-ever visit to Marsh Lane, in front of a gate of just 312, Telford, beaten 6-1 at Guiseley a week ago on their last away midweek outing, found it hard to create many chances on a small, sandy pitch.

Centre-half Simon Grand's early second-half header proved their only effort on target.

Telford's nearest rivals North Ferriby United were denied the chance to take over on top as their game at second-to-bottom Stalybridge was called off at short notice because of a waterlogged pitch.

The East Yorkshire team remain a point adrift in second, but now with a game in hand.

Altrincham moved into third, six points behind Telford, also with a game in hand, after a 6-1 win at bottom club Workington.

Telford return to action on Saturday when they are again on the road, at 10th-placed Colwyn Bay (kick-off 15:07 BST).

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