It’s now 16 Evo-Stik League games unbeaten for the Peacocks after they beat Didcot Town 3-1 at the Viridor Stadium yesterday afternoon (27th January).

The win over the 4th placed Railwaymen stemmed from a burst of three Town goals in 16 first half minutes which effectively settled the contest on a heavy pitch which had been worked on all morning to ensure the game went ahead. Didcot started off the better side but it was Town who gradually got on top, with Ollie Chamberlain having a goal disallowed for offside before the deadlock was broken on 27 minutes when a break saw Chamberlain feed the ball onto Pierce Mitchell on the right side of the box and he fired a shot across Leigh Bedwell into the opposite corner.

Dan Sullivan then flicked on a cross to Chamberlain who sidestepped a defender to steer home number two after 38 minutes and Sullivan himself got on the scoresheet two minutes before the break when Matt Wright’s pass found him in space on the right and his drive past Bedwell replicated Mitchell’s earlier strike.

With play becoming scrappy at times, Sam Barder hit the outside of the post for the visitors after the break before they reduced the arrears with eight minutes remaining when George Reid slid into net Marlon Agyakwa’s cross from close range. With results elsewhere being favourable, the Peacocks have now extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points with games in hand.

Reaction | Manager Leigh Robinson remarked: “It was a really good win in very tough conditions with the pitch being so heavy but Kev and Simon did great to even get the game on. You could see that we struggled to get going a bit in the first 20 minutes and not quite in our usual rhythm with the lack of games recently but once we scored we never looked back. The second half was maybe a bit more open than we would have liked and both teams could have had two or three more in the second half but I think a lot of that was due to the increased error count on the heavy pitch. A good job done and we look to keep pushing on to extend our lead as there’s plenty of work to do yet.”