FOOTBALL: Didcot slide goes on with Paulton defeat

Ryan Tappin celebrates scoring a cracking goal with his Didcot Town teammates

Ryan Tappin celebrates scoring a cracking goal with his Didcot Town teammates

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Didcot Tn 3

(Osborne-Ricketts 4, Tappin 38, Elkins 85)

Paulton Rovers 4

(Billing 2, Pearson 48, Jeffries 56, Vyner 75)

Didcot Town slid to their fourth successive loss in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West with defeat by Paulton Rovers at the npower Loop Meadow Stadium.

The Railwaymen made a disastrous start when a mistake from keeper Marco Belloli-Pereira presented James Billing with a simple tap-in in the second minute.

But Elliott Osborne-Ricketts gave Didcot the perfect response with a shot from 20 yards which dipped over Paulton keeper Kyle Phillips.

And the home side deservedly took the lead before half-time with a wonderful strike from Ryan Tappin, who gave Phillips no chance. But Didcot fell apart after half-time.

Paulton defender Stuart Pearson capitalised on a poor punch from Belloli-Pereira to equalise from close range.

The visitors then took the lead with a strike by Josh Jefferies, which took a heavy deflection and flew past the stranded keeper.

And it really was a game to forget for Belloli-Pereira when he dropped the ball from a corner, and gifted Paulton substitute Joe Vyner a fourth goal.

Sam Elkins gave Didcot a lifeline with a superb strike five minutes from time, but the home side were unable to force a late equaliser.

Didcot Tn: Belloli-Pereira, Elkins, Casson, Osborne-Ricketts, Thomas, Stanley (Browne 80), Tappin, Webb, Clark, Haysham, Williams (Bowles 75). Subs not used: Harris, Pereira.

Attendance: 106.

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