Peacocks Derail Railwaymen
Didcot Town 0-4 Taunton Town - Report by Stewart Unsworth
Didcot suffered a further setback as they were drubbed 4-0 by league leaders Taunton Town at the Loop Meadow on Saturday. The first half was closely contested with only one goal in it; however, the Peacocks did appear to have more in their locker and they strutted their stuff after the interval, ultimately running out wide margin winners.
The Railwaymen have fallen into a nasty habit of conceding early goals and when an unmarked Dan Sullivan opened the scoring by slamming the ball past exposed keeper Leigh Bedwell, it was the third league game in succession where the opponents had netted within the first ten minutes. Didcot almost responded immediately but George Reid took a heavy touch just as he was racing clear, allowing Bedwell’s opposite number Lloyd Irish the opportunity to claim the ball at his feet.
The remainder of the first half and opening fifteen minutes of the second period were fairly quiet with Taunton creating the few chances that arose. Matt Buse’s run to goal was denied by Bedwell and Sullivan whistled a shot narrowly wide after Matt Wright had played him in. However, the Peacocks were gradually cranking up the pressure and after David Murphy slipped while trying to orchestrate a Didcot attack, they pounced with an excellent counter-attack. Pierce Mitchell beat two men on the right and pinged in a superb cross that Ollie Chamberlain dispatched with a bullet header.
Didcot were visibly stung by the second goal and their Somerset opponents took full toll, ruthlessly adding two more goals to kill the game off. Ryan Brett’s corner caused total confusion in the Diddy penalty area and Wright headed in unchallenged to put the Peacocks three ahead; the Taunton captain also notched the fourth goal after Sullivan found him with a pin-point through ball.
Bedwell pulled off two decent saves to keep the score down but by the final whistle Taunton had earned a commanding victory. The result knocked Didcot down to seventh place in the table but perhaps more importantly emphasised they are currently some way short of competing at the highest standard of the league. Another tough test awaits next weekend at fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol Manor Farm, but before then Diddy engage in a local battle at Kidlington in the second round of the league cup.
Didcot: Bedwell; Jeacock; McNeil; Hayden; Ballard; Learoyd; Reid; Elkins; Barcelos; Murphy (Humphries 71); Joyce (Agyakwa 62).
Subs not used: Woodley; Parish; Alexis.