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FOOTBALL: Wallbridge eyes up FA Cup run after derby victory
9:02am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local Football
Didcot Town boss Andy Wallbridge is looking forward to a good FA Cup run after his side were given a favourable draw following their remarkable 2-1 win at home to Oxfordshire rivals North Leigh in the first qualifying round on Saturday.
Two own goals booked the Railwaymen’s passage into the second qualifying round, where they will entertain Calor League Premier Division side Burnham on Saturday, September 28.
“It’s a great draw for us because we’ve already played Burnham in the Berks & Bucks Cup last week so we know what we’re up against,” said Wallbridge, whose side lost that game 3-2.
“We’ve already had a look at them and know there’s absolutely nothing there to be frightened of.”
On Saturday, Aaron Wood-ley gave North Leigh thec lead the lead just past the hour mark in this clash of the county’s two Calor League Division 1 South West sides.
But a mix-up saw Stuart Hole score past his own keeper Paul White, before Woodley’s day went from a good to bad when he put thro-ugh his own net in the 87th minute for the decisive goal.
It gave Didcot revenge for defeat at North Leigh in the league earlier in the season.
The Millers are flying high in the league, while Didcot have made a sluggish start.
And the visitors were the better side in the first half.
Conor McDonagh hit a post from a corner and Morgan Williams was then brilliantly denied by Luke Carnell.
North Leigh also thought they should have had a penalty when Nick Thorne looked to have handled, but it wasn’t given.
The best chance of the half fell to Williams, who saw his shot well stopped by Kieran Beesley in the Didcot goal. North Leigh took the lead on 62 minutes. A punt by White bounced over Joel Meade and into the path of Woodley, who coolly lobbed Beesley. But Didcot were gifted an equaliser in the 79th minute when a routine headed back pass from Hole was misread by White and ended up in the back of the net. And they snatched victory three minutes from time when Woodley turned the ball past his own keeper to upset the form book and send the hosts into the next round.
Didcot: Beesley, S Parish, Janes, Meade, Carnell, Morris (L Williams 57), Ferreira, McKirnan, Joyce (Blenford 90), Haysham, Thorne (J Mills 62). Subs not used: J Parish, Longford, Tucker.
North Leigh: White, Hole, Organ (Caton 89), Osborne-Ricketts, Westlake, Gunn, Sanders (Dutton-Black 83), Bowles, A Woodley, McDonagh, Williams Subs not used: M Woodley, Walcott, Alexis, Warrell.