With such mild weather and a decent train service from Paddington, I was tempted into a midweek jaunt to Oxfordshire. Didcot are the current holders of the FA Vase having lifted the trophy at White Hart Lane last May. As you would expect, winning a national trophy would give a boost to any club and Didcot are attracting good attendances. Didcot is on the mainline from Paddington and the Loop Meadow Stadium is just over 5 minutes walk from the station.
Alarmingly, Didcot play in red shirts with white sleeves and the club crest is a cannon! However, despite this I was impressed with their attractive, attacking football. They were always on top and could easily have scored more than their four goal tally. Once again I was impressed by the standard of football in the Hellenic League, opponents Witney United played their part too. My woolly hat came in useful as the early November chill took effect as the evening wore on. Those attending the Reebok Stadium next Monday might not be as keen to see this fashion accessory but I need it. I still prefer it to that dodgy jumper bearing the flag of St George that one Merton resident sports. Walking back to the station after the match, I felt the first spots of rain coming in from the west and I was comforted in the knowledge that I was heading east. Plymouth Argyle v Leicester City was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. The late running 21.35 (arrived 21.56) got me back to Paddington for 23.00.
Fare: £7.85 Cheap Day Return from Boundary Zone 6 with Goldcard discount