It would have been an easy excuse for Mark Jones’ side last night after suffering a heart-breaking 94th minute defeat in the FA Cup second round at Notts County on Saturday.
But Oxford City didn’t let that setback affect their good National League South form and they bounced back with a 3-1 win over high-flying Truro City.
Matt Patterson netted a hat-trick to take his tally to 12 for the season with Andrew Neal grabbing the White Tigers solitary goal.
City are now unbeaten in their last four league games, winning three, which has lifted them out of the relegation zone and up to 17th. Truro sit fourth, four points behind leaders Dartford.
Harrogate Town failed to take full advantage of their game in hand over National League North table toppers Salford City. They could only draw at home to Kidderminster Harriers. Terry Kennedy headed the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time before Joe Ironside equalised after the hour.
Simon Ainge must have thought he’d won it for Gate when he struck in the 90th minute but Ironside levelled again deep into injury time to cut Salford’s lead to nine points.
In the Evo-Stik Premier, Nantwich Town moved up to 18th with a 2-0 win over Stourbridge. Goals from Harry Clayton and debutant Jordan Cole in each half were enough to sink the Glassboys.
Title-chasing Billericay Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Merstham in the Bostik League Premier. Ricay twice came from behind thanks to Adam Cunnington’s brace after strikes from Andre McCollin put the visitors ahead. Glenn Tamplin’s side are two points behind leaders Dulwich Hamlet with four games in hand.
Tonbridge Angels came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a thriller against Dorking Wanderers. Alexander Akrofi’s double lifts them to ninth.
Goals from Christy Finch and Joe Marsden bumped Leiston up to seventh with a win over Enfield Town while Burgess Hill Town‘s home fixture against Harlow Town was abandoned after 11 minutes due to a floodlight failure.
Kings Lynn Town were the big winners in the Evo-Stik South last night with a 5-0 thrashing of St Neots Town.
There were plenty of goals in the other fixtures too as Chesham United thumped Frome Town 5-1 while Kettering Town swept aside struggling St Ives 4-1.
Banbury United completed the goal glut beating Merthyr Town 3-1.
There was just one game in the Evo-Stik North which saw Droylsden keep up their play-off push edging out Ramsbottom United by a single goal from Luke Daly in injury time.
AFC Hornchurch extended their lead at the top of the Bostik League North to seven points, beating Maldon & Tiptree 1-0. Play-off hopefuls Barking played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Brentwood Town as Mildenhall Town and Bury Town drew 0-0 as did Potters Bar Town and AFC Sudbury. Soham Town Rangers ran out 2-1 winners at Witham Town.
In the Bostik League South, Walton Casuals put three past Sittingbourne to move into the play-off places.
There was plenty of action in the Evo-Stik South West as table toppers Taunton Town won 3-0 against lowly Barnstaple Town.
The result of the night came at Salisbury, who smashed Kidlington 6-1. Struggling Shortwood United had a great 3-1 win at sixth-placed Swindon Supermarine. North Leigh won 1-0 away at Paulton Rovers and Mangotsfield United drew 1-1 with Cinderford Town.
Elsewhere, Egham Town drew 1-1 at home to Ashford Town (Middx) in the Evo-Stik South East.