Didcot 2-4 Winchester City
Four goal first half derails Railwaymen
Didcot's winless league run was extended to four games on Tuesday night as they went down 4-2 against Winchester City
Manager Andy Ballard was forced into a number of changes following Saturday's defeat against Swindon Supermarine with Stuart Cattell, Sam Parish and Louis Joyce all missing through injury. Ethan Lamptey wasn't in the squad after returning to Northampton Town.
The fixture between the two sides in recent years has produced a high number of goals and Tuesday's game continued that pattern as it took just 90 seconds for Winchester to go ahead. Dan Williamson was given too much space on the right hand side put in a brilliant cross which was met by Oli Bailey who made no mistake heading past Leigh Bedwell.
The hosts tried to assert some pressure on the Winchester defence however were unable to test keeper Ryan Pryce and the defence stood firm. The visitors looked dangerous in every attack and doubled their advantage in the 19th minute as Rob Carr did well to hold off Adam Learoyd before firing home past the diving Bedwell.
It was to get worse for the hosts as Oli Bailey grabbed his second and the visitors third of the evening with just half an hour played when Carr crossed in from the right hand side, Bailey tapped home.
With just 35 minutes on the clock, the visitors added a fourth to put Didcot further in trouble as Carr produced another good ball into the box, this time for Simba Mlambo to tap past Bedwell
Didcot made a double change at half time as Andy Ballard looked for a reaction from his side. The substitutions included bringing himself on for his appearance of the season as Didcot changed formation.
The change in shape worked to Didcot's advantage and just minutes into the second half were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position as Callum McNish was fouled. George Reid stepped up and saw his deflected free kick beat the stranded Pryce to reduce the deficit.
It took just five minutes before Didcot added a second as Reid was tripped in the box by Josh Harfield. The Didcot striker made no mistake from the spot.
The hosts continued to press forward but were unable to break down the resolute Winchester defending. The visitors continued to look dangerous especially on the break but were unable to a fifth.
Despite continuing to press forward, neither side added to the six goal tally as visitors secured back to back wins with Didcot suffering back to back defeats. Andy will look to get his side back on Saturday as they host Yate Town on Saturday.