DIDCOT Town and Kidlington are relishing tomorrow’s Evo-Stik South League Division 1 Central derby clash.

Each club goes into the match full of confidence after impressive victories last week – and both require points for very different reasons.

The Railwaymen are a point outside the play-off places after a superb 3-2 win over high-flying Corby Town.

And Kidlington’s 3-2 success over Barton Rovers saw them move out of the bottom two for the first time this season.

“Kidlington away will be a very difficult game,” said Didcot boss Andy Ballard.

“Since Jules (Julian McCalmon) has returned, the club have been picking up wins, and, like us, are in really good form.

“But our confidence is really good at the moment, and hopefully we can carry that through Christmas.”

Seth Humphries, George Reid, Matty Woodley and Morgan Williams remain sidelined through injury, while Lewis Hayden is unavailable.

Cameron McNeill returns after completing a

three-match suspension.

Kidlington boast a fully-fit squad, with Mark Janes, Jack Bernasconi, Jack Quainton and Elliott Osborne-Ricketts back after missing last week.

Thame United have an availability crisis for their trip to fellow play-off hopefuls Berkhamsted, with boss Mark West unable to name a full squad.

Goalkeeper Craig Hill is ruled out with a back injury, and West is desperately trying to find a replacement.

Harry Mepham, Duran Martin, Lawrence Clarke and Aaron Jewell are all away, while Harry Scott has left the club to join Aylesbury.

It means West is currently only able to name a bare XI, although he is hopeful of new faces coming in.

He said: “It’s really frustrating, because we’ve got ourselves into a really good position in the league.

“The whole Christmas period is going to be quite tough, as we have a lot of lads away at various points. It’s all going to be hit-and-miss.”

He added: “At the moment, I’ve only got 11 players available, and I haven’t got a keeper. Hopefully I will have one in place before kick-off!”

North Leigh entertain Aylesbury looking to end their wretched run of form.

It is a crunch clash for the Millers against a fellow struggler, after they crashed 6-2 at Yaxley last week and remain rooted to the foot of the table.

  • BANBURY United are set to include 19-year-old left back and former Birmingham City professional Matt Timms in their squad when they entertain Rushall Olympic in the Premier Central Division.

Timms, a former pupil at the Warriner School in Bloxham, came through the Birmingham City academy programme and has recently been involved with Kidlington.


Kidlington (v Didcot Tn, home): from Warrell, Castle, Quainton, Bernasconi, Organ, Franklin, Gabbidon Willoughby, Benjamin, Osborn-Ricketts, Tooke, Singh, Janes, Odhiambo, Williams, Stanbridge, Cowlishaw, Thorne.

Didcot Tn (v Kidlington, away): from Bedwell, Barder, Carnell, Learoyd, McNish, Murphy, Gardner, Hackett, L Williams, Thomas, A Woodley, Ballard, Alexis, Isaac, McNeill.

Thame Utd (v Berkhamsted, away): Sturgess, A Goss, Evans, Ashworth, Murray, L Goss, James, West, Tack, Essex, Gledhill.

North Leigh (v Aylesbury, home): from Cavanagh, Pin, A Grant, Gunn, Simms, Ngathe, Tutton, H Grant, Alabi, Seacole, Cowan, Peart, Brown, Saunders, Landers, James.

Banbury Utd (v Rushall Olympic, home): from Agboola, Taylor, Nash, Wise, Shamsi, Johnson, Diggin, Awadh, Bell, Odhiambo, Kaziboni, Rasulo, Browne, Mills, Whitehead, Hottor, Bell, Timms.