Milton 0-4 Didcot
Report by Ian East
Didcot scored their biggest win of pre-season so far on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-0 win at local side Milton United on Tuesday night.
Didcot started brightly on the excellent Milton playing surface and should have taken an early lead when Matt Woodley’s left footed cross found the head of Louis Joyce but the striker could only manage to head it over the bar.
Didcot were playing some nice football and were rewarded when the excellent Woodley burst into the box and was fouled from behind forcing the referee to point to the spot. Milton thought the player got some of the ball and he may well have done but it was a silly lunge and he certainly caught Woodley as well. George Jeacock stepped up and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way for the opener.
It was quickly followed by a 2nd as Didcot threatened to run riot when Adam Learoyd played a lovely through ball down the right hand side to Josh Pinn and the trialist wing back beat his man before putting in the perfect cross which evaded Milton defenders and landed perfectly onto Jeacock’s head and the striker made no mistake from close range for 2-0.
Joyce went close again with another header, the returning Callum McNish then forced a good save from the goalkeeper with a stinging shot from distance and Cam McNeil also had a golden opportunity to score when played through he smashed his shot high, wide and not so handsome.
2-0 at half time but Didcot really should have at least been 4 up.
Into the second half and we saw the introduction of some substitutions as Ross MacDonald, Ollie Thomas, Seth Humphries, Owen Holloway and Sam Barder making his first appearance of pre-season were all introduced into the action.
Didcot again went close when Barder was released in on goal but he dragged his shot wide, it still fell to MacDonald who from a tough angle brought a good reaction save from the Milton ‘keeper. MacDonald then should have got on the scoresheet when a back pass to the ‘keeper was poorly cleared only to the edge of the Milton box, MacDonald stole in and nicked it from the defender, he was in on goal with just the out of position goalkeeper to beat but he somehow put the shot wide.
Despite this MacDonald was continuing to cause Milton problems and more pressure on the full back enabled him to get in on goal but his decent left footed effort went just wide. McNish then blazed a golden opportunity way over the bar before Didcot finally got their 3rd goal when more good work by MacDonald down the left saw the striker unselfishly square the ball for the onrushing Barder who easily tapped in from close range.
Just like in the first half 1 brought 2 as Didcot’s 4th arrived quickly after when a poor challenge in the box on MacDonald led to the 2nd clear penalty being awarded and with Jeacock having been replaced Matty Woodley who had been on the end of a few robust shall we say challenges all night was given the chance to take the spot kick. He duly converted smashing it passed the goalkeeper and Didcot had 4.
Milton’s only moments came late on firstly with a striker seemingly in on goal Adam Learoyd produced a superb sliding challenge to deny him then in the dying seconds a through ball did leave a forward in on goal but Leigh Bedwell who had practically been a spectator for 90minutes saved well with his legs to maintain the Didcot clean sheet.
Having had some particularly tough games so far this was a useful run out for Didcot being on the front foot for practically the whole game but the test is almost certain to be different on Saturday when we host an Oxford United XI at the Loop, note this is a 1pm kick off.