Finchampstead FC 1 Didcot Town Res 4By Arthur Strand
October 22, 2012
The return of goalkeeper Neil Griffith was unable to prevent Finchampstead from falling to a heavy defeat against Didcot Town at Memorial Park.
Griffith was one of a number of first-teamers returning to the hosts starting XI, and it was not long before the No 1 was called into action, safely clinching an effort from Didcot striker Gavin Mackie.
It was Finch, however, who came closest to taking the lead when Greg Alexander had the beating of two visiting defenders, but he shot was agonisingly cleared off the line by Matt Leach.
Full-back Stewart Manicom and Harry Swabey then both had chances before team mate Josh Sapsed rattled an upright and then later shot straight at the Didcot keeper.
But it was Didcot who seized the initiative in the 32nd minute when Mackie shrugged off his marker, made himself some space and put the ball beyond Griffith in the bottom corner.
Finch were then dealt a blow when an eye injury brought a premature end to the afternoon for Greg Alexander. And the encounter then went from bad to worse when missed chances from Adam Barnard, Sapsed, Swabey and Scott Hunter were punished when Didcot grabbed a second in the 73rd minute through Josh Crook.
The hosts were opened up by a long throw from Jamie Newport, with Crook making no mistake with the connection.
Finch, though – who saw captain Adam Barnard limp off with a suspected ankle injury – grabbed a lifeline minutes later when Luke Axton-Hall slickly turned Hunter's centre into the back of the net.
Any hopes of a comeback, however, were dashed when Mackie grabbed his second of the game in added time. And with an injury to Josh Sapsed taking the game beyond 5pm, Finch conceded a fourth when Neil McKernon fired home in the ninth minute of stoppage time.
John Laugharne's men take a break from league action next weekend when they visit Hellenic Premier Division outfit Ascot United in the Reading Senior Cup (3pm).
Finchampstead: Griffith, (GK), Wright, Dunn, Ryan, Axton-Hall, Barnard (c) (Green), Manicom, Evans (S Hunter), Swabey, Alexander (Kell), Sapsed.
Substitutes: S. Hunter, Green. Not used: R Hunter.