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FOOTBALL: Brilliant Beesley can't save Railwaymen
7:52pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
Didcot Town’s hopes of making the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the second successive year ended when visitors Shortwood United finally beat outstanding keeper Kieran Beesley to secure a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
There were only 15 minutes left when a wayward pass from Didcot’s Lance Williams fell invitingly to striker Duncan Culley, who supplied a cool finish over Beesley to give the Gloucestershire side a deserved win.
It was only a brave rearguard display from Didcot’s backline, and another stunning display from rookie keeper Beesley, that kept the scoreline respectable.
The opening half of this tie between two teams in Calor League Division 1 South & West was error-strewn, with few chances Didcot’s Pablo Haysham saw his shot fly narrowly wide before Mike McKirnan headed over.
In the second half, Shortwood took charge and Beesley made crucial stops from Mann, Sam Avery, Culley – twice – and Jake Parrott as the visitors threatened to run away with it.
Culley’s goal was greeted with relief by the visitors and it was followed by a brief rally by the hosts.
The Railwaymen could even have sneaked an unlikely draw.
First Jermaine Ferreira had a decent opportunity to score, but chose to cross rather than shoot.
Then, deep into stoppage time, Didcot skipper Luke Carnell headed narrowly wide from close range.
Didcot Tn: Beesley, Elkins; Janes, S Parish, Carnell, Williams (Morris 80), Ferreira (Blenford 85), McKirnan, Joyce, J Parish (Baines 60). Subs not used: Longford, Mills.
l Matt Blenford scored Didcot’s only goal as they crashed 7-1 to Cirencester Town in the preliminary round of FA Carlsberg Trophy last Tuesday, when Sam Elkins limped off with an ankle injury.