King on the spot for Didcot

Didcot Town

Didcot Town

King (pen 23, pen 73)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 323 Rob Kean
Steve Bateman described his side’s performance as “disappointing” after the Rebels lost 2-0 at promotion-seeking Didcot Town.

With wide players Steve Sinclair and Tyron Sealey missing through injury and illness respectively, Slough struggled to get going against Didcot and suffered defeat thanks to two Jack King penalties.

Philip John, certainly the home side’s biggest threat in the first half, was a constant menace and early on, he beat his marker and shot well wide after a quick throw-in.

Twenty-three minutes in, John won a spot-kick as he was fouled by Graeme Edwards as he raced clear of his marker. Jack King stepped up and confidently sent Jamie Jackson the wrong way.

Slough offered little, with Jordan and Platt kept at bay by the Didcot backline and thwarted by the linesman’s flag on a number of occasions. Bubb’s shot from distance proved an easy save for Michael Watkins in the Didcot goal.

The better chances fell for Didcot, with John again beating Fenton on the right before crossing the ball just in front of Jack King in the six yard box.

Just before half time, Didcot came within inches of adding to their lead. Neville Roach was brought down on the edge of the box by Edwards and Philip John's subsequent free-kick thumped against the underside of the bar and was hacked away to safety.

In the second half, Slough tried getting back into the game with a period of possession, which resulted in Fermie shooting into the arms of Watkins from distance.

Andy Williams’ header was then cleared off the line by Tom Attrell before Didcot scored their second goal, again from the penalty spot. The referee correctly spotted a shirt-pull by Dean Harper on Michael Bartley as he raced clear, and King again confidently beat Jackson from the spot.

John had a good chance to score again, but Jackson saved with his legs to keep him at bay with another good save. In injury time, Ryan Fenton’s 25-yard effort was comfortably over the bar as the hosts saw out the game to move one step closer to a play-off spot.

Didcot Town Lineup

1. Michael Watkins, 2. Jamie Heapy (c), 3. Paul Powell, 4. Andrew Williams, 5. Martin Brown, 6. James Mortimer-Jones, 7. Philip John, 8. Jack King, 9. Andrew Parrott, 10. Neville Roach, 11. Josh Dutton-Black. Subs: 12. Matthew Midwinter, 14. Adam Bruce, 15. Michael Hopkins, 16. Michael Bartley, 17. Matthew Trott.


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