THE postponement of Oxford United’s Boxing Day clash against Portsmouth at Fratton Park has opened the door for neighbours Oxford City to attract a bumper festive crowd.

The U’s announced on Tuesday their match would be called off after Portsmouth informed the EFL that the south coast club would be unable to fulfil the fixture due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases in their squad.

It was United’s second postponement this season due to Covid following the cancellation of the trip to Wigan Athletic last month.

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However, for those wanting to get their football fix, Oxford City have high hopes of attracting their biggest league crowd for several years.

David Oldfield’s side host Slough Town (1pm) at they look to regain top spot in Vanarama National League South.

Advanced ticket sales are the highest they have been all season, with the postponement of United’s game expected to boost attendance.

Against Slough, United fans with tickets for the Pompey game can get into Court Place Farm for just £3, whether they buy online or on the gate.

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On Monday, Banbury United host Stratford Town (1pm) with the Puritans looking to extend their five-point lead at the top of Southern League Premier Central.

Also on Monday, Wantage Town (19th) host Didcot Town (11th) at 1pm, while North Leigh (5th) welcome Kidlington (17th) at 3pm in two Oxfordshire derbies in Southern League Division One Central.

Thame United (7th) travel to Aylesbury United (9th) in a 3pm kick-off.