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Didcot Town
Stratford Town
Stratford Town win 2 - 4 on penalties.
J Williams (33' OG)
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J Williams (37')
Tue 4 Dec 19:45 - Cup Attendance 98

Etherington the Hero as Town go through on Penaties at Didcot

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It took a penalty shoot out to decide our CSS League Cup Tie against the Railwaymen

Match Report by MARK BICKLEY, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY

Town ease their way into the Quarter Final of the CSS League Cup after penalties at a wet and cold Didcot Town.

Manager Thomas Baillie only kept 5 of Saturday’s starting eleven in the side with Westwood, Fishwick, Oulton, Olukanmi, Cooke and Dias all starting.

Didcot Town vs Stratford Town pics by Granty
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Town dominated the early exchanges playing a patient possession game which allowed the hosts to put two banks of four in front of them. But Town manged to create the early chances. Claudio Dias had a shot tipped around the post by Bedwell quickly followed by a cross shot from Josh Cooke that hit the base of the post.

Then some quick thinking by Ross Oulton saw a long range effort also hit the post.

Didcot’s first shot on target arrived on 33 minutes which keeper Ross `Etherington guided away for a corner. The resulting cross was missed by a crowd of players at the near post and it hit the static Williams on the leg and went into the net to put the hosts one up.

But 4 minutes later Town were level when Williams made up for his earlier mishap when he rose above everyone to power home a header from Ross Oulton’s free kick.

The second half saw Town start to dominate play but lacking the cutting edge to score. Several chances came and went and Bedwell in the Didcot goal did really well to block shots from Olukanmi and Hylton.

Fry, Cooke and Cox all had chances but failed to hit the target and the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out.

But to their credit Town showed a clinical edge despatching all four penalties with Fry, Dias, Taylor and Hylton scoring, but it was Ross Etheridge who stole the show making excellent saves from McNish and Murphy with Town progressing 4-2.

Attendance 98 Cautions :- Taylor, Cox, Fisher

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

STRATFORD TOWNDIDCOT TOWN
22GOAL ATTEMPTS6
9ON TARGET3
2HIT WOODWORK0
3CORNERS WON5
12CROSSES INTO BOX7
8FOULS CONCEDED12
1FREE KICKS 10yd PA1
0PENALTIES0
2OFFSIDE1
3YELLOW CARDS0
0RED CARDS0
37GOAL TIMES33

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Jordan Williams

Player of the Match

Jordan Williams

Key moments

33:00
Own Goal Jordan Williams scores an own goal
37:00
Goal Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jordan Williams is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Cody Fisher is yellow carded for Stratford Town
75:00 Yellow Card
Chris Cox is yellow carded for Stratford Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Mikey Taylor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
33:00 Own Goal 1 - 0
Jordan Williams scores an own goal
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As it happened

  • Didcot Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Jordan Williams Own Goal 33:00'
  • Jordan Williams Goal 37:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Chris Cox Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Cody Fisher Yellow Card 77:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
Fishwick, Thomas Fishwick, Thomas
Dias, Claudio Dias, Claudio
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Westwood, Kieren Westwood, Kieren
Olunkanmi, Andre Olunkanmi, Andre
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Cooke, Josh Cooke, Josh
Oulton, Ross Oulton, Ross
Didcot Town
  • 1. Leigh Bedwell
  • 2. Samuel Barder
  • 3. Cameron McNeil
  • 4. Michael Alexis
  • 5. Luke Carnell
  • 6. Adam Learoyd
  • 7. Brett Gardner
  • 8. Oliver Thomas
  • 9. Aaron Woodley
  • 10. David Murphy
  • 11. Morgan Williams
  • 12. Callum McNish
  • 13. .
  • 14. Lance Williams
  • 15. Caelan Isaac
  • 16. Gregory Hackett
  • 17. Lewis Hayden

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