EVO-STIK League South Div. One Central: Didcot Town 2 Cambridge City 1
City's two match winning run came to a shuddering halt as the first half sending off of goalkeeper Liam Gooch cost them dear as they conceded two second half goals, cancelling out James Hall's opener.
It had all looked promising for City when after only 8 minutes, Hall pounced on a loose ball in the area to slot home into the bottom corner to put City ahead. After Didcot saw a shot deflected over the bar, City should have doubled their advantage, but following a sweeping move that opened up Didcot, Hall could only fire over the bar.
City were looking comfortable and good value for their lead, but the game was turned on its head in a moment of madness just after the half hour mark. Another defensive blunder again proved costly as Gooch lost control of the ball on the edge of the area, presenting it to home striker Morgan Williams. In a desperate attempt to prevent him tapping into an open goal, Gooch wrestled him to the ground, giving the Referee little option than to brandish the red card.
Manager Robbie Nightingale moved swiftly to withdraw Hall from the action, bringing on Adam Capel and with no replacement keeper on the bench, moving Joe Robinson between the sticks as a make-shift stopper.
City made it to the break with their lead still intact and indeed might have increased it as the game got back underway, but a close range header from Ryan Sharman narrowly missed the target.
Didcot had been pressing hard ever since Gooch's dismissal but without really creating much. However that all changed just after the hour when a free-kick to the back post was laid back across goal and Aaron Woodley was on hand to nod home from close range.
Despite their depleted numbers, City were still looking for a winner as both sides pushed forward in the final half hour, but it was to be the home side who were to be left celebrating as they were awarded a penalty kick for handball with seven minutes left on the clock. Williams made no mistake from the spot, thumping the ball past Robinson.
It was a bitter blow for City, and with so little time to respond all looked lost, but they did almost rescue a point in the dying moments of the game, but a shot from distance narrowly missed the target leaving the Lilywhites empty handed.
1. Liam Gooch (sent off)
2. Ben Robinson
3. Jack Wilkinson
4. Ryan Towner
5. Jordan Gent
6. Joe Robinson
7. Josh Oyinsan (booked)
8. Ebby Nelson-Addy (c)
9. James Hall Goal 8
14.Lewis Whitehead 11(84)
15.Isaac Maynard 10(88)
16.Adam Capel 9(35)
Didcot Town: 1.Leigh Bedwell, 2.Ryan Markham, 3.Matthew Woodley, 4.Michael Alexis, 5.Luke Carnell, 6.Adam Learoyd (c), 7.Brett Gardner, 8.Callum McNish (booked), 9.Aaron Woodley Goal 62, 10.Sam Barder, 11.Morgan Williams Goal Pen 84
Subs: 12.Lewis Hayden, 14.Cameron McNeill 3(55), 15.Stuart Cattell, 16.Lance Williams 2(30), 17.Andy Ballard 9(60) (booked)
Referee: Tom Ellsmore
Assistants: Kieran Dolphin and Neal Templey
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