Oxford City hit nine in a blistering start to their pre-season campaign.

The Hoops hosted Barry Town United at Court Place Farm yesterday (Saturday, July 6) winning the game 9-0.

Josh Parker, Zac McEachran, Josh Ashby and youngster Jayden Carbon scored four of the goals while four trialists scored the other five.

Sam Cox’s squad reported back for pre-season on Tuesday with this game involving 10 trialists alongside those already signed on for the National League North campaign.

New keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle started the game well with a couple of early saves from the Welsh Premier League visitors.

The Hoops then started the move through the gears and went two ahead before the half-hour through two trialists.

The first was a shot from the edge of the box and the second a dipping effort from the right that may well have been a cross.

McKenzie-Lyle kept that two-goal lead intact with two superb saves at full stretch before the third goal came from a more familiar face when Parker bent home a magnificent free-kick to make it 3-0 at the break.

A fourth goal came shortly after the restart when a third trialist finished well from close range before McEachran made it 5-0 after 67 minutes with a rolled effort into the bottom left corner.

A sixth, from a fourth different trialist came after 71 minutes as he twisted his way to find space and then planted the ball once again past the helpless Barry keeper.

Ashby lashed home a seventh for the ruthless Hoops after 78 minutes.

The eight was a carbon copied from one of the trialist who then netted his second of the day to make it nine.

Speaking after the game, Cox said: "It was a great performance from the boys, that's all we ask.

"We ask for the messages that we have given them throughout the week to be reciprocated and placed in the game and we saw that.

"A lot of the patterns we worked on on Thursday and Friday, they came into play.

"We know that preseason isn't a true reflection and it is a bit false but ultimately we have asked to boys to relay some of those messages we gave and they did it to a tee.

"I am really pleased, I have got my eye on some of the trialists and some of the boys coming up through the academy.

"It was a really good exercise so I am happy."

It comes after the Hoops announced their first summer signings earlier this week.

The Hoops confirmed Guyana international goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle, left-back Chi Ezennolim and defender Jalen Jones joined Cox’s side for next season with all three playing their part in the friendly.