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Robins wary of relegated Oxford as they target home play-off tie

"They've got some really good players, and they will be a threat."

Elliot Osborne has warned his Altrincham team-mates that relegated Oxford City will be doing their utmost to spoil the party mood at The J.Davidson Stadium in the season's last round of Vanarama National League fixtures on Saturday.

Alty are already assured of a place in the end-of-season promotion play-offs but want to go one step further by retaining fourth position and earning themselves a home tie against the seventh-placed side in next Wednesday's eliminator.

The only way they can be certain of that is by taking maximum points in Saturday's 12.15pm kick-off, and the task would appear to be routine against an Oxford side whose relegation fate has been sealed for several weeks.

However, key midfielder Osborne insisted the Robins will not fall into the trap of believing the points are already in the bag and warned that they will have to be on their toes to avoid an unwanted last-gasp setback.

Regan Linney celebrates scoring from the spot at Ebbsfleet last weekend

"It's no formality, far from it," he said. "It was clear when we played them at their place that they've got some really good players, and they will be a threat.

"I don't think anything in the National League is a foregone conclusion, it's that competitive and tough a division.

"None of us will be thinking that. I can point to lots of results this season that back up the fact that you can never be sure of anything, like us winning 6-1 against a Solihull Moors side who are currently only one place below us and then only drawing at Dorking. No-one saw those scorelines coming.

"Nothing can be taken for granted. You can't predict anything in this league, and there's no doubt they will be trying to ruin our party. They had a decent result against Oldham last week, and the pressure is off them because they have known their fate for some time.

"So we are going to have to be on our game. We have to be at it, and if we are, we will be tough to beat."

Alty will be holding their end-of-season awards in the Community Sports Hall at The J.Davidson Stadium after the game.