ROSS Jenkins is looking for his Oxford City players to shine as individuals when they head into FA Trophy action this weekend.

The Hoops welcome Chelmsford City in the third round of the competition, with the tie offering a respite from the Vanarama National League.

Jenkins’ side are winless in their last three league games, all against teams in and around them in the table.

The 2-0 defeat away to York City was followed up with by a 2-2 draw at home to Kidderminster Harriers, a match in which the Hoops led 2-0.

City then lost 4-1 at home to Maidenhead United last time out, and Jenkins hopes the last three games can be blocked out against a Clarets side who sit just a point outside the National League South play-off places.

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“We’ve got a difficult game coming up against Chelmsford and we need to address that one properly,” said Jenkins.

“It’s a good game for some boys to get some minutes. We’re focused on putting out a strong as possible team, so it’s not a game we’re taking lightly.

“Chelmsford are a good team, and if you forget that, you get punished.

“Hopefully getting a few more bodies back and getting some minutes into them is really going to help us going forward.

“We’re still without Alfie [Potter] and [Josh] Ashby, those boys are still coming back, and hopefully it gives me a really big headache when they’re back because I think competition is really strong.”

Jenkins added: “We’re looking for a good performance on Saturday, that’s my focus. There’s more emphasis on the individual this week.

“Normally we say it’s a collective, but I think this particular game, I’m looking at the individuals looking after themselves and doing their jobs properly.

“Once the individuals do their job, as a collective, you tick that box as well.

“Everyone needs to be on it. We’ve got boys who are coming back from injury, so shirts and spaces are up for grabs.”

The Hoops conceded three times in eight minutes when they were beaten by Maidenhead on Saturday.

Reflecting on the game against the Magpies, former Watford midfielder Jenkins said: “In the first half, the damage was done through some really poor defending, which was very unlike us.

“The second half was much better, and we could’ve scored two or three, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“The first half was really disappointing, but the second half was much better. It was just disappointing that we took 45 minutes to really get going.

“When we play at our place, we want to play our way. I thought in the first half, we played Maidenhead’s way.”