Match Report – Faringdon Town FC v Didcot Town Res

Faringdon Town v Didcot Town Res – 16th September 2017 – Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy

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Faringdon Town entertained Didcot Town Res in the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy, a different challenge from our previous weeks wins in the league. With the momentum we’d built-up we were keen to carry it on and felt a good result against higher league opposition was a possibility.

Didcot started really well and Town hadn’t touched the ball by the time they had their first corner after 2 minutes. Town cleared the corner but the ball came back in and with Town on the back foot and not settled the Didcot forward managed to squeeze the ball in. Town not touched the ball and now 1-0 down after 3 mins!

This was now a case of character, having only conceded one goal in the 4 previous games we needed this test. We managed to settle and tweaked a few things which managed to stifle the opposition. We worked so hard to close down, tackle and force Didcot into miss placed passes and long shots. They were strong particularly down their left and gave us a hard-fought 30 minutes after their early goal. We managed to stand firm and matched and bettered the work rate and effort levels.

A great block/save from Justin Yates but not too many more shots for him to save. Considering the early goal town were showing great character. Town didn’t create a lot but knew patience is a big thing and that we would create a chance. Mike van de Mortel had a sighter with a 25-yard effort that went over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time some good football between VDM, Jordan Wilkins and Ryan Bradbury, got Ryan in on the byline, he managed to skip past three players with some great skill and trickery and his effort at the front post was well saved but the ball was pushed into the path of the on rushing Andy Lynham who anticipated well and firmly put the ball in the back of the net. Town back in the game at 1-1 with the halftime whistle.

A great time to score for Town, well deserved for the effort and work rate put in but it was only 45 minutes! Still, a long way to go. The character and trust we had shown by keeping ourselves in the game and then being clinical with the only real chance we had meant we knew we had to go and do the same again. Work hard and know that patience would provide that one chance we would need to win the game.

Half-Time – 1-1

The second-half started better for Faringdon and we looked well up for it, quicker, stronger and more physical than the opponents which again meant we were making it difficult for Didcot. A number of ‘professional fouls’ were made at right times which resulted in bookings for Town but needs must and the lads were giving everything. A chance for Town came from a big kick from Justin that was well flicked on by VDM as he had been doing all game and Ryan Bradbury anticipated well, he managed to get into the box but mis-hit his left-footed effort.

Another chance for Town came through Jordan Wilkins who was seeing a lot more of the ball, he cut into the box but his shot was well saved, could have squared it. With the energy levels put in Towns, players were starting to flag a bit and changes were needed. Centre back Joe Clauson struggled with his knee and came off, VDM went back to centre back and in-form Rich Evans came on up top.

Within 10 minutes a through ball straight down the middle of the pitch from VDM found Ryan Bradbury’s great run, he managed to get to the ball before the keeper who hesitated and bought Ryan down in the box. Up stepped Rich Evans who calmly smashed the ball into the net to put town 2-1 up.

A good corner that went past everybody for Didcot and a great shot from the Didcot wide man that hit the bar was the closest they came in the second half, Towns determination and work ethic had stifled the young Didcot side and restricted the opposition.

Town managed to see the rest of the game out and deserved to win the game 2-1.

So proud of the lads and everyone involved. Last year we played Didcot in the cup and lost 3-1, this result shows how far we have come. To be 1-0 down after 3 minutes and showed the desire and patience to not concede more and keep ourselves in the game was so pleasing, we gave ourselves a chance and took it!

The squads strength in depth and the commitment, desire and trust was unbelievable. The confidence and belief the lads are showing is a credit to us all, the energy levels, work rate and effort won us this game and with a lot of tough games coming up now we know we need to match these levels today and we could go far.

We have set and shown standards that we must achieve weekly to show the promise and potential this squad has got. The whole club is buzzing and the lads deserve all the credit for the great start we have made this season, a long hard road ahead but keen to see how far we can go. Superb effort gents well done.

Final Score: Faringdon Town 2-1 Didcot Town Res

Man of Match: Tommy James for his effort and work rate, Ryan Bradbury showed great skill and quality for our two goals.

View from the Opposition – Didcot Town Assistant Manager – Adam Bradley

Whilst we’re disappointed to lose having had a lot of possession, we have to give credit to Faringdon for the way they defended. They held their shape really well and made it difficult for us to break them down. Good luck in the next round!