Penn & Tylers Green FC share points with “The Railwaymen”
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Penn & Tylers Green share points with “The Railwaymen”
Penn & Tylers Green FC goal scorers Danny Jordan and Nile O'Meally-Newell
With Bicester losing to Virginia Water, this proved to be a handy point gained for Penn & Tylers Green FC as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by a very good Didcot Town Reserve side on Saturday.
Penn were not at their best but once again started the game well and a good chance was blasted over the bar from close range after only two minutes. However, Penn’s early pressure paid off in the 10th minute when a precision floated cross from Danny Blatchford was expertly glanced into the bottom corner of the Didcot net by Danny Jordan, with the Didcot goalkeeper rooted to the spot, to put Penn 1-0 in front.
Penn continued to have the upper hand but in the 15th minute Didcot broke forward and scored with a hotly disputed when a Penn defender appeared to be fouled in the build-up but the referee waved play on and Alex Marshall headed in the resultant cross from six yards to equalise. The game was becoming very evenly matched and both sides were probing and spraying the ball around on the excellent surface.
In the 22nd minute after a spell of Didcot pressure Penn broke away and a good through ball from Blatchford released Nile O’Meally-Newell who won the race for the ball and rounded the oncoming Didcot goalkeeper and ran the ball into the empty net to put the home side 2-1 up. Didcot came storming back and on 35 minutes a ball over the top of the Penn defence released Macdonald down the left for Didcot and he powered forward and despite the attentions of Jordan Gumbs released a left foot cross cum shot which eluded the dive of Matt Cannings and Tom Hoskins slid in to help the ball over the line from six yards.to equalise. Half time arrived with the scores all level at 2-2.
To be honest the second half did not live up to expectations of more goals from both sides and the game become a rather flat and dull end to end midfield battle, with not many chances being created at all. Didcot probably shaded the second half and could have scored two goals but for the brilliance of Matt Cannings in the Penn goal who made two fantastic saves late on, tipping one fierce shot over the bar and saving well with his feet in a one on one situation.
However, Penn had one glorious chance to “nick-it” on 80 minutes when a cross from the right found its way to Jamie West at the far post but he missed the target from six yards. That was more or less the end of the action and both sides settled for a well-earned point which, on the day, was probably a fair result. Not Penn’s best performance of the season and in the end, they were happy with the point.
Next up for Penn & Tylers Green FC’s First Team is an away league fixture next Saturday at Henley Town, kick off at 3:00 pm.
Team: M. Cannings, J. Gumbs, F. Tripp, B. Holland, JJ. Lofthouse-Smith, D. Blatchford, D. Jordan, J. Bridgewater, N. O’Meally-Newell, A. Harman, J. West. Substitutes: G. Weller, J. Fox.