Cup Run Ends At Ricay
Billericay 5-0 Didcot - Report by Ian East
Didcot town’s FA Cup campaign came to an end at the 2nd hurdle with a 5-0 loss at Bostik Premier Division Billiericay Town this afternoon in front of the BBC cameras.
In truth it was always going to be an enormous ask for Didcot to get a positive result today against their big spending hosts and so it proved although for a large chunk of the game Didcot gave a very good account of themselves and made some chances of their own while the game was close.
Didcot made 2 changes from the bank holiday wins over Cirencester and Kidlington with Seth Humphries and George Reid coming into the starting xi in place of Sam Barder and Lewis Hayden. Diddy started the game well and forced the play early on as Callum McNish and Sam Elkins in particular set about their work getting on the ball and trying to be positive.
Billericay though created the first chance and forced Leigh Bedwell into the first of numerous saves as he saved brilliantly with his legs to deny Bricknell. The ball was still in play and was then headed against the bar by Rob Swaine..
Diddy to their credit reacted well and Sam Elkins tried his luck from 25 yards forcing Alan Julian in the hosts goal to a flying save high to his right. It was end to end stuff as the hosts then created a stack of chances including one header sensationally saves by Bedwell to his left, Bricknell then wasted 2 glaring chances blazing over from close range as Diddy hung on.
George Reid had Didcot’s best chance when Elkins played a perfect 50 yard cross field ball to Matty Woodley who played it across the box first time to Reid who steered it towards goal but under pressure he could only hit the outside of the post.
It looked like Didcot might make half time at 0-0 as Billericay continued to be wasteful and Bedwell continued to be inspired but a nice ball from the Diddy left on 39 minutes found Jake Robinson who expertly steered the ball home into the far corner.
Half time and at 1-0 Didcot Had given as good as they got and fully competed with their expensively assembled hosts.
The 2nd half unfortunately from a Didcot perspective didn’t continue in the same theme, Billericay were dominant and again only Bedwell’s legs and reactions kept Diddy in the game, Billericay then had one hacked off the line as the siege continued. Diddys only real opportunity fell to Seth Humphries but the midfielders shot went harmlessly wide. Diddy made changes introducing Sam Barder for Reid but it was soon to be 2-0. From a Didcot attack Billericay won the ball back played a diagonal ball to substitute winger Ricky Modeste who squared it to Robinson for a tap in and 2-0.
Diddy were ragged and on the ropes and Billericay weren't going to let them off anymore as another ball from the right and another tap in this time for modeste and it was 3-0. Again Diddy made changes to get fresh legs on with Josh Pin and Ethan Lamptey coming on for Humphries and Woodley but it was almost immediately 4 as Robinson completed his hat trick with a sublime chip from 20 yards which left Bedwell helpless. It was harsh on Didcot who had given absolutely
everything and further pain was to come in stoppage time as Cam McNeil was deemed guilty of a foul in the box it was very soft but Cunnington blasted the penalty into the top corner and it was 5-0.
The full time whistle went to very exuberant home celebrations but Didcot should be proud of their performance particularly for the first hour where they performed admirably, made some chances and frustrated a very good Billericay team. Individuals also stood out including Bedwell who was outstanding in goal and Callum McNish in particular had a fantastic game in central midfield as Didcot bow out but with heads held high.
Didcot move on to Cinderford next Saturday and a return to important league action.