Colchester United v Oxford City, match preview: Doug has ‘Lofty’ Cup ambitions

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 November 2017

Doug Loft, in action during the recent away win at Newport, always enjoys playing in the FA Cup. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Doug Loft, in action during the recent away win at Newport, always enjoys playing in the FA Cup. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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he magic of the FA Cup lives on, especially in the eyes of Colchester United’s experienced midfielder, Doug Loft.

The U’s will be determined to avoid an FA Cup exit this afternoon, against non-league strugglers Oxford City at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, and Loft is keen to avoid slipping on any such banana skin.

“I really enjoy playing in the FA Cup, I really love it,” enthused Loft.

“I’ve got a few goals in the competition in the past, so I’d love another one this weekend.

“I’m 30 years of age now and I look forward to it every year. It’s the biggest cup competition that we play in, and everyone wants to do well in the FA Cup.

“I’ve never been embarrassed in the Cup, or been on the wrong end of any real shocks, and I don’t want to start now,” added Loft.

The ex-Gillingham man knows that the U’s will not have it all their own way, however, even though Oxford City are second-from-bottom in National League South and are currently on a rotten run of no victories in 11 league games.

“It is a massive game for Oxford City, so I am anticipating a tough game. We know how hard it’s going to be, so we have to be right on it,” insisted Loft.

“I’ve come across non-league opposition in the Cup loads of times, and it’s always tough.

“We are approaching it like any other game. We need to be bang on it from the first whistle, because they will be going at it with everything they’ve got.

“I think we’ve got enough in our changing room to go on a good FA Cup run.”

Loft is now fighting fit, after a stop-start beginning to his Colchester career, which featured a mere nine appearances last term. The 30-year-old is hoping to make up for lost time, and today is set to be his 10th outing of the campaign.

“I’m feeling good, and I’m just happy to be fit and playing games. Training during the week is helping me on Saturdays. I have a few off-days, but otherwise I’m working hard,” explained Loft.

“I think the away form has been key to us. We’ve just had to knuckle down and stick together, and I’d like to think I bring that into the team. We’ve always done well at home. Now the future looks bright after picking up wins away from home.”

The U’s have lost just one of their last seven league games.

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