I interviewed a very proud Mark Burke on the coach on the way home from Didcot:
On Saturday we had the pleasure of playing on a veritable carpet of a pitch at Top Field and the rain added a zip to the surface which allowed us to play football on the ground at pace. Having said that it took us until the second half to play with the style we wanted with Didcot having the better of the first half.
We took an early lead but then seemed to retreat and give Didcot the initiative. We then improved in the second half and created some good chances with their keeper making several good saves, while one shot was cleared off the line. We were not able to make our pressure play and had to settle for a replay at Didcot.
Unfortunately the playing surface was the complete opposite of Top Field. The grass was patchy and the surface was uneven with visible drainage lines. I felt sorry for the Didcot management team who were very apologetic about the pitch. Obviously this made football very difficult to play and we were forced to adapt to the conditions. I felt we did this very well and every player put their body on the line to ensure we ended up with a clean sheet.
We had a couple of gilt edged chances in the 120 minutes and could have avoided the penalty shoot out. But in the end it required Michael Johnson to make 3 excellent saves to see us safely through to the third qualifying round.