Felipe & Reid Doubles Down Ciren
Didcot Town 4-0 Cirencester Town - Report by Ian East
Didcot Town returned home on Saturday and extended their run of only 1 defeat in the last 11 league games as they thumped Cirencester Town 4-0.
The hosts were forced into a couple of changes from last week’s draw with Shortwood Utd, Ollie Thomas beginning his 3 game suspension was replaced by Lewis Hayden and Marlon Agyakwa couldn’t shake off his ankle injury from last week and was replaced by George Reid. It meant Didcot already with substantial injuries to their midfield had 3 youth team players named among the substitutes.
A theme of Didcot’s away matches this season has been their terrible starts often finding themselves a couple of goals down and having to try and save the game, well the boot was on the other foot on Saturday as Didcot’s fast start took the game away from the visitors. Firstly after just 80 seconds of the contest Josh Pin chased a hopeful ball down the left hand side and fed Felipe Barcelos who rounded visiting keeper Matuesz Wierczorek and slammed the ball home to give Didcot the perfect start.
Before the visitors could recover it was quickly 2-0 when on 9 minutes George Reid cut inside from the right and as the goal opened up for the Didcot winger he moved the ball to his favoured left foot but struck it straight at Wierczorek who saved with his legs, fortunately however Reid was able to recover the ball on the edge of the box and this time with his right foot he buried the finish high into the top corner to put Didcot 2 up.
Cirencester who came into this game having won 4 of their last 6 including a 6-1 win on Tuesday were on the ropes as Didcot again went close when an excellent ball in by Reid found the head of Josh Pin but his header was straight at the goalkeeper when either side would have certainly made it 3-0.
To their credit Cirencester improved and settle own playing some very nice football but were struggling to test Leigh Bedwell in the Didcot goal. Former Didcot striker Ben Whitehead put a header just wide before being presented with an excellent pass which gave Whitehead a clear sight of goal and with Bedwell just to beat the outcome seemed inevitable until Adam Learoyd made a sensational last ditch sliding tackle to block the striker’s effort and save a certain goal.
Half Time Didcot 2-0 Cirencester.
Into the second half and Cirencester immediately made 2 substitutions bringing on target man Alan Griffin and fellow forward Aiden Bennett as they tried to salvage the game, it was Didcot however that made the fast start again and they were quickly 3 ahead when Reid was sent clear of the Cirencester backline and as he charged down on goal Wierczorek stood up well to block his initial effort but the ball fell to Reid and he managed to hook the ball in and Didcot had put another dagger into Cirencester hearts.
Josh Pin then should have made it 4 when more good work down the left hand side involving Reid and Barcelos ended up with the ball being squared across the box towards Pin who although he was stretching for it from close range he blazed his shot wide of the post.
Cirencester now with Griffin on were going slightly more direct and the striker was in the thick of it when Cirencester went incredibly close on 3 occasions to scoring. Whitehead struck the post from close range before the ball fell to Harry Spalding who himself struck a Didcot post within a matter of seconds, the ball landed at whitehead’s feet but it was somehow blocked from close range as Didcot clung on to their clean sheet for dear life. Griffin then went down under a challenge in the box as Cirencester appealed for a penalty, the referee wasn’t interested as Didcot cleared their lines.
To rub salt into Cirencester wounds shortly after their former striker Barcelos made it 4 when after being put clear he rolled the ball under Wierczorek to give Didcot a resounding victory.
It could and should have got sweeter for Barcelos and Didcot when in stoppage time a long ball forward down the left hand side sent Barcelos one v one with Ellis Dunton, Barcelos got the better of the defender and ran towards the box he jinked and shimmied past last ditch slide challenges and looked to trick Wierczorek but Barcelos with the goal at his mercy put the ball just wide of the post to deny him a deserved hat trick.
Even so it didn’t take the gloss off a very fine victory for Didcot who move up to 5th place in a table and entertain 3rd place Bristol Manor Farm at the Loop Meadow Stadium next Saturday. Before this on Tuesday Didcot host Chesham Utd in the BigFreeBet Challenge Cup, 7:45pm kick off.