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Didcot Town
Thame United (SL Challenge Cup P)
Tue 11 Sep 19:45 - Cup Full time

Young Diddy side progress in Southern League Cup after 8 goal thriller!

Goals from Matt Woodley, Humphries, isaac and Akinlusi (2) put Didcot through

Didcot Town and Thame United played out an 8 goal thriller in the Southern League Cup last night with the Railwaymen securing their place in the next round thanks to goals from Matt Woodley, Seth Humphries, Caelan Isaac and 2 second half goals from substitute Siji Akinlusi.

Manager Andy Ballard made 7 changes from last weekend’s FA Cup win at Wingate & Finchley with only Sam Barder, Lewis Hayden, Aaron Woodley and Luke Carnell retaining their places in the starting line-up. This meant starts for young goalkeeper Matt Crowther and fellow youngsters Caelan Isaac and Callum Young.

With both sides playing some attractive football early on it was the hosts who took the lead when Seth Humphries corner was only partially cleared to Matt Woodley who with his left foot drilled home an excellent shot from the edge of the area.

Didcot’s lead lasted all of 4 minutes as following a long ball forward and a strong hint of offside Marcus Mealing found himself in on the Didcot goal, he raced clear and drilled a shot below Crowther and despite Didcot protests the scores were level.

The goals kept flowing as on 30 minutes Lewis Hayden played a sloppy pass across the back line and Mealing was able to intercept it and with a clear run in on goal slotting the ball expertly into the roof of the net giving Crowther no chance to put Thame ahead.

2 minutes later and the scores were level again, Aaron Woodley was barged in the back giving Didcot a free kick from 25 yards which Seth Humphries superbly whipped into the top corner of the Thame net for a 2nd stunning goal on the night.

Caelan Isaac was catching the eye for Didcot with some dynamic wing play and the youngster put Didcot ahead on the stroke of half time as he weaved his way beyond two Thame challenges and struck low towards the back post where his effort was deflected into the bottom corner and Didcot were ahead in a pulsating half of football.

Half time. Didcot 3-2 Thame

Any thoughts of the 2nd half being a case of after the Lord Mayor show were dispatched after just 5 minutes as Thame equalised yet again. A neat ball down the left hand side saw Harry Scott get the better of his marker and he scored from close range to make it 3-3.

Didcot should have gone back into the lead when a nice move by the home side led to Aaron Woodley getting the ball on the right hand side, the striker turned provider with a perfect low cross to the onrushing Ross MacDonald but the winger just couldn’t divert his effort on goal and it went narrowly wide.

Didcot then made a double sub that was about to have a dramatic impact on the game, Barder and Thomas were replaced by Markham and Akinlusi and the latter was about to swing the game in the hosts favour.

Firstly Matt Woodley delivered another dangerous cross into the box where with his back to goal Isaac chested it and in one motion turned and struck towards goal, the ball was bobbling its way into the bottom corner but Akinlusi made sure tapping home from a yard only to see the linesman with his flag up for offside.

Not undeterred however Akinlusi did put Didcot ahead for a 3rd time with the Railwaymen’s next meaningful attack. Hayden broke up play well in midfield and drove forward, he found the excellent MacDonald in the wide left area and the Didcot winger had the where with all to pick out Akinlusi with a perfect left foot cross that Akinlusi could control and strike low and into the net from around 8 yards.

Thame tried to respond but Didcot and that man Akinlusi wrapped it up in stoppage time when he picked the ball up from 30 yards, he jinked his way passed a couple of late tired tackles and thumped an effort from 20 yards beyond Hill in the Thame goal and into the top corner for a 3rd stunning Didcot goal on the night and the Railwaymen’s place in the next round of the Southern League Cup was confirmed.

Full Time. Didcot Town 5-3 Thame United

Didcot Team

Barder (Markham)
M Woodley
Thomas (Akinlusi)
A Woodley
Humphries (Ballard)

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