Etherington the Hero as Town go through on Penaties at Didcot
By Mark Bickley
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.
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 TOWN||DIDCOT TOWN|
|12||CROSSES INTO BOX||7|
|1||FREE KICKS 10yd PA||1|