Diddy Denied By Late Goal
Didcot Town 1-1 Shortwood United - Report by Ian East
Didcot Town were denied of a deserved 3 points on Saturday as a late Joe White goal gave the visitors a share of the spoils at the Loop Meadow Stadium.
Both sides arrived in Oxfordshire on the back of heavy losses last weekend and the game had a very edgy feel to it early on as both sides looked for a foothold into the contest. Callum McNish came closest to opening the scoring as a 25 yard drive went just over the crossbar, Shortwood responded well and hit the angle between post and cross bar before going close again from a corner which Didcot just managed to get clear. After those early scares Didcot started to get into their stride and George Jeacock and Josh Pin both forced saves from visiting ‘keeper Harry Pickering before an excellent ball in from Jeacock found striker Louis Joyce who could only put his close range header wide.
The chances continued to flow for the hosts as Seth Humphries was put through 1 on 1 but the midfielder couldn’t get the ball under control and Pickering was able to sweep up. Good play down the left from McNish and Woodley created the final chance but with the angle narrowing on McNish the goalkeeper was able to smother the ball enough to get it out for a corner.
Into the 2nd half and Didcot continued to push forward and were eventually rewarded in the 57th minute when after a corner was recycled superbly into the box by McNish the Didcot captain Adam Learoyd found himself with time and space to plant a header beyond the stranded Pickering and give Didcot a deserved lead.
Josh Pin then nearly made it immediately 2-0 as he raced clear of the defence but with the angle narrowing chose to shoot instead of cross and the ball went harmlessly wide. Didcot forced a number of free kicks but were unable to really trouble Pickering. The failure by Didcot to take one of their numerous chances was to bite them late on when as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes Shortwood were awarded a free kick just inside the Didcot half. The ball was swung into the box and via a couple of deflections the ball fell perfectly to Joe White who literally couldn’t miss from a couple of yards out to give Shortwood an undeserved equaliser.
Didcot still had one final chance to win it as an excellent burst down the right and cross by Pin found substitute Sam Barder no more than 6 yards out but he failed to make a decent contact and the ball looped over the bar when he seemed certain to score. It summed Didcot’s day up in a game they dominated for the most part but their wastefulness in front of goal cost them the 3 points they deserved.