FA Cup FA Cup Didcot Town v Poole Town (1st Qualifying Round)

Nice FA Cup tie for Didcot Town as they host current Poole Town, currently top of the Southern League Premier Division South. Striker Ollie Dennett is one to watch with 5 goals in seven appearances to date this season.

For non-league clubs the qualifying rounds can prove lucrative with a decent cup run, as in this round alone the winners will get £4,500 and the losers £1,500.

Didcot have already had FA Cup action this season beating Western League Premier Division side Roman Glass St George 2-1.

Stoke linked with Liam Lindsay & Butland off to Villa?

Stoke look set to sign Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for a fee of around £2m according to Sky Sports News. Another linked player is former QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins, who manager Nathan Jones knows from his days at Charlton as their under-21s coach. Cousins would be available on a free after being released by QPR.

Aston Villa are now heavily linked with signing Jack Butland for around £20m and it may happen as soon as this week. Stoke have at least ten players they will be keen to move on in this summer’s transfer window.

Still no official news on signings although it does appear Nick Powell, Lee Gregory & Ben Davies have all signed for the club. They have not been announced yet and would presumably be announced before the players are back for pre-season that starts on June 28th.

In Didcot Town news Morgan Williams has left the club after two seasons and re-joined North Leigh.

Two leave Didcot Town and still no new faces at Stoke

Striker Felipe Barcelos has left Didcot Town to join Thatcham Town, mainly due to the travelling he has to do for games. He will be a big loss as he is a regular goalscorer and a crowd favourite. Also leaving is defender Sam Barder who is also joining Thatcham.

Meanhwile, over at Stoke City no new signings or departures yet. It does appear goalkeeper Ben Davies and striker Lee Gregory have both signed, although they have yet to be officially announced. Our first signings are normally announced on July 1, although hopefully we will announce some signings before then.

Stoke are being linked with a loan move for Everton defender Matthew Pennington who was at Ipswich Town last season on loan. It looks like James Justin is set to sign for Leicester City. The Luton Town left back is one of Jones’s top transfer targets.

Andy Ballard to step down as Didcot Town manager

Manager Andy Ballard will leave Didcot Town at the end of this season to become the assistant manager at Oxford City, a club he has made over 300 appearances for in his playing career.

A passionate player manager when on the pitch he has brought some talented players to the club. Good luck in the future and now the hunt is on for a new manager at Didcot Town. Hopefully neither Mark Hughes or Gary Rowett will be approached 😉

You can read more here on the official club website

Stoke get that winning feeling again as Didcot draw away

Stoke went back to winning ways away at Blackburn and scored a goal – a great strike by Peter Etebo! Bojan missed a penalty, so we’ve only put away three out of the last thirteen penalties. That makes it nine games undefeated now with Swansea away tomorrow evening. Both Tom Ince and Ryan Shawcross are likely to be missing due to injury.

Congratulations to Tyrese Campbell, currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, who won the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for February.

Didcot Town drew one all away at Kempston Rovers, which given the team changes (player manager Andy Ballard and Adam Leyroad were serving the first of their two match bans), was a decent away point and they still remain in the final play-off spot. Kidlington at home this weekend is a ‘must win’ to help secure a play-off place.

Didcot Town v Bromsgrove Sporting this Saturday 30 March 3PM KO

Tough home game against Bromsgrove Sporting, who currently lie in second spot, 20pts ahead of Didcot who are currently fourth in a play-off spot. Last week’s 5-1 drubbing away at Berkhampstead means Didcot need to bounce back. Bromsgrove have won their last eight games, with only one defeat in twelve games, a 3-2 defeat away at Dunstable Town.

One to watch is their striker Jason Cowley who scored last week against Corby Town and it even made the BBC.

Should be a bumper crowd as well with Bromsgrove Sporting averaging 938 for a home game. Come along and support non-league football 🙂

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