DIDCOT Town’s play-off bid is back on track after a 2-0 home victory over Yaxley.

Successive defeats had stopped the progress of Andy Ballard’s side in Division 1 Central of the Evo-Stik South League.

But a John Dennis strike and Dalton Bettles own goal strengthened their hold on a top-five place.

Having re-signed striker Felipe Barcelos on Friday, Didcot were further boosted by the return of Pablo Haysham.

Although the forward, who joined on loan from Salisbury until the end of the season, was not available, his absence did not hinder the hosts.

The Railwaymen got off to a flying start when a Seth Humphries shot in just the fourth minute was parried into the path of Dennis, who tucked his effort home.

The hosts were unable to double their lead before the break, but went 2-0 up two minutes after half-time.

Lance Williams headed across goal and Yaxley defender Bettles inadvertently nodded into the back of his own net.

Didcot introduced the returning Barcelos in the closing stages to complete a fine day.

Ten-man Thame United hold on to the final play-off place after drawing 1-1 at Kempston Rovers

The hosts took the lead through Nathan Tshikuna’s 16th-minute penalty, Tom Carter shown a straight red card for the foul.

But Thame levelled through Dan West on 23 minutes.

Although they had to play most of the match a man down, Thame created the better openings, but had to be satisfied with a point.

Kidlington missed a golden opportunity to climb off the bottom when held to a 0-0 draw against ten-man Welwyn Garden City.

A first half devoid of action came alive just before the break when visiting goalkeeper Lewis Todd, under pressure from Anaclet Odhiambo, handled outside his area and was sent off.

Welwyn skipper Dave Keenlyside was forced to don the gloves, but Kidlington were unable to beat him.

It took until the closing stages for Kidlington to really test the stand-in keeper, Odhiambo denied by a fine double save on a frustrating day.

Kidlington remain bottom, level on points with North Leigh in the drop zone.

The Millers were thrashed 6-1 by Cambridge City, falling behind after 68 seconds when Joel Gyasi netted.

It soon got worse with the hosts 5-0 ahead in the 39th minute, Joshua Oyinsan bagging a hat-trick and Ollie Thorne the other.

Henry Landers reduced the deficit on 69 minutes, but Cambridge had the final say, Gyasi hitting No 6 five minutes from time.

  • IT was an afternoon to forget for Banbury United as they lost 3-0 at Royston Town in the Premier Central Division.

Mike Ford’s side conceded all the goals in the second half.

Vance Bola put Royston ahead on 53 minutes, Thomas Newman doubling the advantage six minutes later.

Eren Kinali wrapped up the points eight minutes from time.