06:39PM, Saturday 26 October 2019
Oxford City 2, Slough Town 1
Joint manager Neil Baker admitted the Rebels weren’t at the race this afternoon as they lost 2-1 at struggling Oxford City.
The Rebels hadn’t played for a couple of weeks since their 3-1 win over Billericay Town stretched their unbeaten league run to 10 matches. And the loss of momentum appeared to have an impact as the side dropped down two places to fifth in the table.
Slough snatched the half-time lead in the 45th minute when defender George Wells found himself in the right position to finish from about six yards out.
But they held that lead for only two minutes after the restart with Oxford City profiting from some poor defending to level matters up.
Benyon then added a second for the home side with around 20 minutes to play, running onto a looping pass to steer the ball beyond Jack Turner.
The Rebels responded quite well, forcing several saves and blocks in the box as time ticked down. They also had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee but it wasn’t enough.
They’ll look to bounce back at home to Welling United on Tuesday night.
Baker tweeted after the final whistle: Apologies to the Rebels fans today. We were not at the races throughout. However, the lads have been on a brilliant run and it had to end sometime. Thought Oxford City fully deserved the points although we could have nicked an equaliser at the end. Thanks for the support today.”
A monumental amount of rain in Gloucestershire led to the postponement of Flackwell Heath’s game with Bishop’s Cleeve this afternoon. A new date for the game will be arranged in due course. The Heathens visit Holmer Green in the league on Tuesday night.
The same weather front also accounted for the postponement of Windsor’s game at Longlevens. The Royalists return to action at home against Binfield on Tuesday evening.
A waterlogged pitch made for a trio of postponements for our sides in the Hellenic Premier Division, with Burnham’s trip to Tuffley Rovers also cancelled. Paul Shone’s side are set to host Reading City on Tuesday night.
Holyport 4, Didcot Town Development 0
Holyport’s game against Didcot Town Development in Hellenic League Division 1 East did survive the weather, and Derek Sweetman’s side are up to eighth after a convincing 4-0 victory.
Port took full control of the game before the heavens opened in the second half. Chris Defranco volleyed home Fabian Driffill’s corner from six yards out to make it 1-0 before Steven Deverall deservedly got his name on the scoresheet, driving home from 12 yards after playing a one-two with Andy Forisky in the 39th minute. Port then put the game to bed –after missing a series of chances – when Driffill calmly picked out the bottom corner in the 69th minute. A fourth goal followed for the home side before the end to cap off a fine display in miserable conditions.
Sweetman’s side visit Penn & Tylers Green in the league on Tuesday night.
Rotherham United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 1
Wycombe Wanderers are back up to second in League 1 after beating Rotherham United 1-0 away from home.
The Millers - who have been drawn to play at Maidenhead United in the FA Cup – came into the game off the back of a fine 2-0 away win at leaders Ipswich Town in mid-week, but they went down to an early goal from the visitors in this one.
The game’s only goal came in the fifth minute when Scotty Kashket picked up the ball on the edge of the Rotherham area and curled the ball beyond Iversen who was off his goalline.
The win lifts the Chairboys level on points with Ipswich ahead of next Saturday’s home game with Shrewsbury Town.
Nottingham Forest P-P Reading
Reading's visit to Nottingham Forest was called off due to adverse weather conditions in the East Midlands this afternoon.
Heavy rainfall overnight and on Saturday morning - as well as more rain forecast for the game itself - meant the referee deemed the pitch to be unplayable. A new date for the game will be agreed and announced in due course.
Reading, 21st in the table, are back in league action at home to Millwall next Saturday.
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