FOOTBALL: Haldane's strike ends Didcot's unbeaten run

8:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A solitary strike by ex-Oxford United winger Lewis Haldane just after half-time ended Didcot’s six-match unbeaten run in Calor League Division 1 South & West on Saturday.

The visitors will be kicking themselves not to have emerged with a share of the points in an even contest at Yate Town.

Chances were at a premium early on, but Didcot keeper James Foster had to be at full stretch to tip over a Mike Bryant header.

At the other end, a surging run and shot by Sam Elkins was saved low down by Martin Horsell on 34 minutes.

Didcot striker John Mills spurned a good chance just after the interval.

Needing one more goal to become the first Didcot player for five years to hit 20 in a season, Mills found himself with only Horsell to beat, but lobbed the ball over the bar.

Shortly afterwards, the hosts grabbed the game’s only goal. A cross by Jordan Ricketts was forced home from close range by Haldane.

Mills then saw his goal-bound shot blocked by Joe Chandler, while Elkins missed from close range.

Didcot: Foster, Elkins, S Parish, Baines, Carnell, Heapy, Dutton-Black (Thomas 74), Williams (Parish 88), Longford (McDonald 80), Mills, Whitehead. Sub not used: McLoughlin.

Attendance: 170.

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