Didcot 4-1 Holmer Green
Report by Ian East
Didcot Town progressed to the next round of the Berks and Bucks Cup following a fairly comfortable 4-1 victory over Holmer Green.
Diddy rang the changes from Saturday’s draw with Shortwood with Sam Parish, Stuart Cattell, Sam Barder, George Reid and Ethan Lamptey all coming into the starting XI to try and stake their claims for a regular starting berth.
On a crisp evening Diddy started well knocking the ball away and George Jeacock in particular was having plenty of joy down the right hand side putting in some dangerous balls and causing the visitors plenty of problems. Callum McNish and George Reid both tried their luck from range but could only put their attempts over the bar before Reid burst into the box and was hacked down for a clear penalty kick. Didcot’s best player so far Jeacock took the kick but it was brilliantly saved by Green ‘keeper Gianluca Gaster. Shortly after Sam Barder tested Gaster again with a low free kick which the goalkeeper saved again as Diddy frustration was starting to grow.
Finally the deadlock was broken when McNish powered through the defensive line and drilled a low shot through Gaster to give Didcot a thoroughly deserved lead.
Into the second half and the visitors started much brighter as Didcot were caught napping and the visitors quickly equalised as a ball in from the left found Jonty Summerell who twisted and turned and fired the ball high into the net. It was another reminder for Didcot if they needed one of their failure to make territorial and possession dominance count as in similar fashion to Saturday the visitors despite being totally outplayed were now level.
Luckily for Didcot this time they had plenty of time to put it right and they slowly started to get back into their stride, Sam Barder put a couple of attempts way over the bar and Louis Joyce put an effort agonisingly wide as Diddy tried to get the lead back.
Lamptey and Jeacock were still causing problems in the wide areas and Didcot re-took the lead when George Reid tricked his way into the box and as he bore down on goal he squared it to his partner Joyce who bundled it in. It was soon 3-1 when Lamptey was sent clear on the left, he drove forward into the box and despite his initial effort being blocked he didn’t give it up and managed to get a 2nd effort away which found the far corner.
Didcot started to make subs with Reid, McNish and Parish being replaced, Holmer Green to their credit kept going and really should have had a second goal when a brilliant cross in from the right hand side found a Holmer Green head no further than 6 yards out completely unmarked but the somehow put it wide. They were made to pay in stoppage time when a poor clearance was headed forward by Sub Seth Humphries to Joyce who ran clear and slotted it passed Gaster to seal the victory and Didcot safe passage into the next round.
Didcot are next in action with a tough looking trip to Swindon Supermarine but go there with a confidence boosting victory and thankfully a few goals under their belt.