Didcot Town ended their 10 match winless streak by overcoming Slimbridge at Loop Meadow on Saturday.
George Reid’s second half free kick and a late penalty save from Leigh Bedwell earned the Railway Men their first three points of 2017 – their first victory since Boxing Day.
In a game of two halves, the first 45 minutes was a dire affair with both sides having limited opportunities on goal.
Littered with sloppy passes and inaccurate finishing from both teams, Didcot just edged the first half with Marcus Beauchamp comfortably saving Ben Whitehead’s long-range effort.
The second half sprung into life when Slimbridge’s Edward Ward handled 25 yards from his own goal, four minutes in.
Up stepped Reid who unleashed a thunderbolt into the top left-hand corner to give Didcot the lead.
It was a wake-up call the game needed.
Moments later, Reid could have doubled Didcot’s lead when he was put through one-on-one with Beauchamp, but the goalkeeper did well to narrow the angle and block the shot.
Reid’s miss could have proved costly as minutes later, the side from Gloucestershire were awarded a penalty when James Organ was adjudged to have brought down substitute Ryan Thwaite.
Slimbridge captain Lee Smith took the spot kick, but lacking any power and direction, Bedwell flung himself beyond the ball’s trajectory and was able to smother it away with a trailing leg.
The victory lifts Didcot into 13th place in the table, whilst Slimbridge remain in 20th position, 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
Didcot’s next fixture is away to Barnstaple on Saturday.