Fleet 1-1 Didcot
Report by Ian East
Didcot made the trip to Hampshire to face fellow Southern League side Fleet Town in their latest pre-season game and came away with a hard earned 1-1 draw.
Despite the continuous heavy rain the pitch held up really well and allowed for a lot of good slick passing from both teams. Fleet made the better start of the two teams and forced an early excellent save from Didcot’s trialist goalkeeper Steven Caro as he flung himself to his left to keep out a close range header, the hosts weren’t to be denied though and following a bit of slack defending from Didcot, the lively Fleet left winger cut inside beating a couple of players and cleverly lifting the ball over the helpless Caro and into the net for a very well taken goal.
Didcot responded pretty well and the two wide players Taylor Janes and the other trialist Josh Pinn were causing Fleet problems with some decent deliveries into the box that just evaded Diddy forwards. The equaliser came in the 22nd minute when Cam McNeil had a rare run forward down the left, cutting inside nicely into the box and was hacked down for a clear penalty. George Jeacock took the responsibility and drilled it high into the top corner.
Into the second half and changes started to be made readily for both teams, these changes saw a nice moment for Didcot in particular when Sam Parish made an appearance on the field for the first time in a very long time! He fitted in at centre back and acquitted himself very well. Well done Sam!
Caro made another good save to keep the scores level then Didcot finished the better of the two sides with Jeacock having two chances to win the game, firstly being put through one on one but the striker didn’t get a clean shot away and it went harmlessly wide. Then the same man wriggled away in the box getting away from defenders before striking a decent right footed effort towards goal but the Fleet ‘keeper saved it well to his right. Honours ultimately even but some good football from both teams as well as a few things to work on, just what you want from pre-season fixtures.
Overall a good run out for Diddy, lots of players got more useful minutes under their belts, the trialists on show did themselves no harm and from a Didcot point of view things are starting to shape up nicely with eyes fixed on the opening game at Bideford on the 12th of August.
The next pre-season action is on Tuesday night when Didcot make the very short trip to Milton United, 7:45pm kick off. Hopefully see you there.