Didcot Town outclassed Wootton Bassett Town, leaving with a 5-0 victory, although the final score flattered the visitors as Bassett fought hard throughout the game, never throwing in the towel even though they were down by 3 goals late in the second half.
Didcot had the first chance of the match on three minutes, Ian Concannon heading a Paul Powell cross wide of the mark.
Joey Beauchamp rifled over ten minutes later from twenty-five yards before Bradley Ward struck wide from another Powell cross as the visitors piled on the pressure to the resilient Bassett defence.
In the 18th minute, John Magani had Bassett first chance of the match as he and Ash Bradshaw played a neat one-two which set Magani loose but his shot was parried away at his feet by 'keeper Chris Webb.
Powell continued to create chances for the visitors and in the 31st minute crossed in for Jamie Heapy but he stuck wide before Powell had a shot saved by Ian Gill three minutes later.
Magani struck wide of the mark five minutes from the break after Bradshaw nodded on a Rich Willis free kick.
Didcot finally broke the deadlock four minutes from half time when Andy Parrott volleyed in from a Powell corner. Bradshaw then had a chance for Bassett after a neat run but squandered the opportunity before Ward should have put away an easy one-on-one chance for the visitors but he blasted over.
Six minutes into the second half, Ian Concannon doubled the lead tapping in after Gill spilled a Beauchamp corner.
Ward was booked just after the hour mark for a crunching tackle on Steve Yeardley, nine minutes before Stuart Beavon made it three; the powerful Didcot forward coolly slotted past Gill after Concannon played him through with a brilliant through ball.
A minute later, a Didcot counter attack set up a chance for Concannon after more good link up play with Beavon but Gill was there on this occasion to deny Concannon.
Mark King replaced Ben Gascoyne with seventeen minutes left before two more changes were made two minutes later as Stu Hemsley and Steve Bunting replaced Tom Messenger and Dave Tyler.
Concannon then scored his second with five minutes left nodding in from a Glyn Jones at the far post after losing his man by waiting at the far post as the Bassett defence went in the direction of the ball.
Concannon was then booked for shoving Hallett before grabbing his hat trick in injury time, heading in again, this time from the awesome Powell, after losing his man at the back post.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Rob Hopkins – Played well throughout at the back and cleared away the constant pressure without losing his cool.
Scoop Rating: 6.5/10 – Unlucky to concede five goals against such brilliant opposition, the gap between the two sides was very much evident though.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
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