Match Report - Didcot Town FC 1 - 1 SCTFC
By Alexander Moloney
Sutton earn an important point towards securing a playoff place
It was another hot day for the away game between Didcot Town and Sutton Coldfield Town. A win for either side and playoffs were pretty much assured.
There were two changes from the side that beat Aylesbury, with Gibson going to the bench to be replaced by Moore now available after suspension, and Mutton for Flint.
Sutton started the game on the front foot, with a Letford run down the wing and a great cross in for Clarke to slide in with the keeper, but sadly he was second to it.
Clarke returned the favour minutes later, with a flick back to Letford who back headed the ball towards the goal forcing a flying save from Bedwell in the Didcot goal.
15 minutes in and disaster for Sutton who were on top in the early minutes. A long shot from Pablo Haysham hit straight to Gwilliams and looked like an easy catch, but the ball spun out of his hands and over his head into the net. A bad day at the office for Gwilliams! 1-0 Didcot.
Mitch Clarke nearly got Sutton back in it because of an error made at the other end. When one of his long throws into the box had the defence in a mess, it caused their own defender to head back towards goal which forced their own keeper to make a save.
Didcot were buoyant now as Williams saw a volley go wide, then hit a long shot just over the bar. Sutton were allowing Didcot to press them more and more.
Barcelos hit a low drive across the Sutton goal which forced a dive from Gwilliams, but luckily for Sutton it flew just wide of the far post.
Gwilliams nearly had a calamity again when his clearance caused the ball to spin high in the air, no one knew where the ball had gone and Gwilliams and the Didcot attacker were left puzzled turning round and round. When the ball came down behind Gwilliams, it looked to be going into the net before a lucky bounce took it away from goal.
Second half, and Sutton come out looking to get on the attack first. A throw into the box by Clarke was met by Bez who headed it back towards goal but Bedwell was equal to it. Nesbitt then went one-on-one with the keeper but couldn’t get the better of Bedwell.
58 minutes in and Letford received a through ball, beat the Didcot defence ran into the box, and hit a low hard drive into the corner of the net. 1-1.
Sutton were more like themselves now and with their confidence up nearly made it two. A Letford flick on saw Nesbitt turn and shoot towards goal, but the defence blocked the shot which was certainly goal bound.
Didcot did try to hit back when Luke Carnell fired into the side netting. They still showed signs of a threat when going forward.
Hayden ran across the Sutton penalty area and unleashed a shot which had little purchase and was easy for Gwilliams to claim.
Sutton brought on Gibson for Nesbitt to try something a little different upfront.
Gibson started brightly as he rose above defence to direct a header to Clarke whose shot was deflected off a Didcot defender.
Letford was sent through again minutes later by Gibson who beat the defender and turned the goalkeeper. It looked to be on target for his second, but a last-ditch tackle thwarted his attempt.
Flint came on for the final minutes but the game was destined for the draw. Both sides had worked hard on a hot day and on a pitch in terrible condition.
Sutton were now in fifth place, two points above Didcot and three above Berkhamstead with the same goal difference. A draw will do on Saturday against Dunstable Town who are bottom, so on paper this should be doable, but as we all know football is often unpredictable.
COME ON YOU ROYALS!