10:00am Monday 9th September 2013
Didcot Town 2
(Joyce 29, Carnell 51)
Yate Town 0
Didcot Town earned their first Calor League Division 1 South & West win for boss Andy Wallbridge with a deserved victory against Yate Town at the Draycott Engineering Loop Meadow Stadium on Saturday.
It wasn’t pretty at times due to the rock-hard playing surface, but it was a gutsy performance from the Railwaymen, who finished the game with three players on the pitch yet to celebrate their 18th birthday.
Yate’s Mike Bryant fluffed an early chance before Didcot saw a Luke Carnell header scrambled clear.
Louis Joyce should have done better with a shot on the turn after 20 minutes for Didcot before a fine move ended with Pablo Haysham firing over from 20 yards.
The opener came on 29 minutes when Joyce tapped home a right-wing cross at the far post.
Didcot’s debutant keeper, Kieran Beesley, then pulled off a superb save from ex-Oxford United striker Lewis Haldane’s low free-kick, before getting quickly on his feet to turn aside Bryant’s follow-up shot.
Didcot almost scored again before the break, but Carnell’s header from Adam Morris’s corner rattled the crossbar and fell to safety.
Carnell did, however, get on the scoresheet six minutes after the break, powering a header past Martin Horsell from Morris’s cross.
Didcot were then indebted to Beesley, who made stunning saves from Ross Staley, Haldane and Rick Hulbert.
It also give Didcot the opportunity to hit Yate on the break, and Ferreira should have added a third goal, but fired wide from close range.
Didcot Tn: Beesley, Longford, Janes, Parish, Carnell, Morris, Ferreira (Thomas 88), McKirnan, Joyce (Blenford 85), Haysham, Thorne (Vallance 90).
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