Development Held by Wallingford
Development 0-0 Wallingford Town - Report by Alistair MacDonald
This was a tale of two halves at Loop Meadow for this League encounter
which finished with honours even in this local derby.The visitors were
in the ascendency for the first few minutes or so and in the fourth
minute created a breakaway with Joe Webber’s shot well saved by home
keeper Sam Baldock. Just 5 minutes later and Wallingford took the lead
with a wonder strike from Charlie Silkstone who hit a shot high in to
the net from distance as the ball came on to him. Didcot’s only early
reply was a Keiran Collins stirke well over the bar.
In 19 minutes Silkstone again scored this time as a harmless looking
cross was missed by a defender losing his footing and the striker headed
in at the far post to put the visitors two up. Both teams had a
succession of corners but it was nearer the half hour mark before Ross
MacDonald had a run in to the box with a cross smothered by a last ditch
tackle. James Tanner was fouled out wide which brought the first
Wallingford booking but the free kick came to naught. Didcot were
beginning to find a rhythm and Keiran Davies fierce shot was saved by
Liam Vaughan and as the ball spun in to the air it was controlled by
MacDonald whose shot from an angle was again saved by Vaughan. James
Tanner was realeased and ran half the length of the pitch but his chip
was over the bar and the half finished with Wallingford two up.
Didcot started the second half much brighter and Keiran Davies shot
narrowly wide. Eddie Chia headed just wide from a corner before Ross
MacDonald tacked across the pitch with the ball and was brought down 25
yards out. Keiran Collins stepped up and sent a fine shot in to the top
corner from the free kick to bring the Railwaymen back in to the game.
Matt Taylor and Harry Beer entered the fray for the home team in the
first of many second half substitutions. Play was being broken up by
both teams and became fractured for a while as corners and free kicks
came and went without a further breakthrough for either team.
Lewis Wilcox broke up an away attack but the equaliser finally came
about 15 minutes from the end as the ball bounced about in the box and
MacDonald swept it high in to the net. Didcot piled on the pressure and
Jake Keeble came on as they pushed more up front but Wallingford held
out amid the late flurry and had an injury time breakaway but a poor
cross denied a clear chance.