Wilson seals point in thrilling comeback
SCOTT Wilson netted an injury time penalty to salvage a point for Cinderford Town in a pulsating finish at the Causeway, writes Paul Webb.
The striker's spot kick sealed a comeback from 3-1 down as the Foresters' kept up the pressure on the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West play-off places.
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The game started perfectly for the hosts who took a first-minute lead after Dan Harrison's header from Gerraint Bater's free-kick was fumbled by Didcot keeper Marco Bellol-Periera and Wilson tapped home the rebound.
Cinderford failed to build on their bright start, however, and Alex Harris made decent saves from James Clarke and Morgan Williams.
And Didcot made the home side pay on 19 minutes when Harris did well to keep out Pablo Haysham's strike but Williams coolly tucked home the rebound.
Just nine minutes later Didcot were in front, Clarke providing the scoring pass for Williams to score.
Andy Lewis almost drew Town level from Lewis Sommers' cross but on 42 minutes Elliot Osbourne-Ricketts headed home Williams' corner to leave Cinderford with a mountain to climb in the second half.
Showing commendable spirit and determination, Town reduced the arrears seven minutes into the second period as Sommers rose to head home Lee Smith's cross.
Bater came to Cinderford's rescue as he cleared Haysham's effort off the line then Wilson had a strong penalty claim waved away before shortly afterwards clipping the post when through on goal.
Greg Lewis unluckily had a goal ruled out as the referee deemed the keeper was fouled by Harrison.
With Town pouring forward, and the visitors defence under increasing pressure, Wilson was upended in the box and this time the penalty was awarded.
Calmly picking his spot the impressive Wilson sent Belloli-Periera the wrong way and Town were level.
But still the drama wasn't over as Didcot's Clarke failed to reach an inviting cross deep in injury time and the home fans could breathe again.
Cinderford Town: A Harris, A Evans, G Bater capt (S O'Sullivan, 78), D Harrison, A Lewis (G Lewis 63m), D Bird, L Smith, D Evans L Sommers (M Barnes, 58), S Wilson D Lee. Subs not used W Archer and A Malcolm.
Didcot Town: M Belloli-Pereira, S Elkins, T Browne, E Osbourne-Ricketts, G Thomas, capt, A Stanley, J Heapy, L Williams, J Clarke, P Haysham, M Williams (T Janes, 67). Subs not used R Tappin, C Harris and M Pereira.
Referee: M Stuart
Star man: Scott Wilson