Ascot United’s County Cup adventure continues on Tuesday evening as they travel to Didcot Town (7.45pm) vying for a place in the semi-finals. Location map here (OX11 7GA).
The Yellamen have already seen off Windsor, Newport Pagnell and step-four Thatcham Town – coupled with Maidenhead United’s forfeiture of a first round tie – to advance to the last eight. Didcot entered the competition in the previous round, and eventually saw off Marlow on penalties (3-2) after a goalless 90 minutes.
As Thatcham are – Didcot are also a step-four side – and currently lie mid-table in the Southern League Division 1 Central. Ascot will be looking to capitalize on Diddy’s indifferent home form which has seen them win 4, draw 2 and lose 9 of 15 league games, in stark contrast to their away form (W7 D5 L2). The home faithful with longer memories will also recall Ascot’s 4-3 victory over Didcot in the 16/17 FA Cup, a pre-cursor to their near-heroics against Tonbridge Angels. Managed by Jamie Heapy – himself a club legend having played almost 850 league games for the Oxfordshire Side – they will also be eyeing a semi-final berth against one of the ‘big boys’. Full draw is below:
Chesham United v Reading FC (2nd March)
Long Crendon 0 – 4 Wycombe Wanderers
Beaconsfield v MK Dons (1st March)
Didcot Town v Ascot United
Also on Tuesday, Josh Nice’s Allied U18’s are in subsidiary cup action at Wokingham and Emmbrook. The Sumas are the only team to beat the Young Yellamen in the league this season and so this is a good chance to avenge that heavy defeat and maintain momentum heading into their crucial run-in towards possible league title glory.