Cinderford 7-1 Didcot
Report by Stewart Unsworth
Didcot suffered their second successive heavy defeat after Cinderford ran up a 7-1 win at the Causeway on Saturday. The result indicates the Railwaymen were trounced, but it was a strange game and the Foresters were undoubtedly flattered by the winning margin. Didcot enjoy the bulk of possession and territory in the first half but largely due to defensive gaffes trailed 4-0 at the interval. An early goal in the second half added credence to the belief the visitors would at least make a contest of it but once the fifth goal went in somewhat against the run of play the Railwaymen folded and the last quarter of the match made for painful viewing.
The first goal served notice on what was to follow. A Didcot attack broke down and Cinderford’s left-wing back Nick Humphreys was able to run forward before effecting a cross-field pass that sent Lewis Bamford clear down the right. A low cross would have been tapped in by Declan Morley-Lyne but Cameron McNeil managed to get there ahead of him, only to slam the ball past Leigh Bedwell for an own goal.
The Railwaymen reacted positively to the setback and carved out a number of unsuccessful half chances before they were undone in a similar manner to the first goal. Sam Elkins was dispossessed by Matt McDonald as he shaped to shoot and with no defensive cover, the Forester defender was able to scamper downfield and play in Bamford, who rounded Bedwell and finished into an empty net.
Cinderford’s counter-attacking policy seemed to be carving Didcot open improbably easily but the Oxfordshire outfit contributed to their own downfall for the third goal. A harmless shot by Morley-Lyne caused a communications breakdown between Callum McNish and his goalkeeper with the result that the Didcot midfielder diverted the ball into an unguarded net. A fourth goal soon followed; Sammie Hicks receiving the ball in space and hammering an unstoppable strike into the bottom corner beyond Bedwell’s despairing dive.
Four goals down inside twenty-eight minutes would usually mean damage limitation but the middle third of the game belonged to Diddy and they set about reducing the arrears. McNish and George Reid both went close before the interval; shortly afterwards the latter was tripped as he jinked inside the area and a penalty was consequently awarded. Louis Joyce scored easily and with the visitors in the ascendancy, another quick goal would have put them back in the match. However, the sixth goal of the game arrived at the other end and it signalled the end of the Railwaymen’s challenge. Didcot were once more caught pushing forward and Bamford’s low cross was converted by Morley-Lyne before Bedwell could smother his shot at the far post.
A well-worked short corner enabled Andy Lewis to smash home a sixth goal for the hosts despite Bedwell blocking his initial effort and with the rain now lashing down, the final few minutes were miserable for those of a Didcot persuasion. The Foresters netted for the seventh time when Bamford controlled the ball with his arm before crashing the ball past Bedwell and although the keeper was disgusted with the decision, the goal stood.
Didcot slip to ninth place in the standings and with a battered goal difference after this crushing defeat. Their next match is at home to Shortwood, who remarkably fared even worse than the Railwaymen this weekend after being obliterated 8-0 by Salisbury.
Didcot: Bedwell; Jeacock (Hayden 46); McNeil; Elkins; Cattell; Learoyd; Humphries (Lamptey 66); McNish; Reid; Pin; Woodley (Joyce 46).
Subs not used: Ballard; Parish.