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Oxford v Gateshead preview.

1st of June 2013
Oxford v Gateshead preview.

Match Preview and Squad announcement

Anxious wait for Benson

Oxford coach Tony Benson faces an anxious wait to see whether four key players are fit for his side's Kingstone Press Championship 1 match with Gateshead Thunder.

Valu Bentley (virus), Dave Ellison (hip), Danny Halliwell (back) and Brett Robinson (back) are all battling to be in contention for Benson's matchday squad.

Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour will check on Benn Hardcastle (mouth) and Chris Parker (knee) before finalising his team.

Neighbour said: "We're going to have to be mentally strong this weekend.

"We're very capable of putting things together - we were the better team by far for the first 29 minutes last week (against Oldham) - but in adversity at times we choose the softer option.

"We're choosing to go away from what works, and that's what is putting us in trouble."

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