Woodsend Athletic 1
AFC Didsbury 3
Goals: Corcoran, Battersby, Corbett
Assists: Corbett (2), Harrison
Man of the Match: Corcoran
Didsbury look the more Athletic against Woodsend
Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s the ball that’s been hoofed in the air and...OMG, now it’s on the floor and it didn't even bounce.
Didsbury ran out deserved winners in a hard fought MASFL Premier Division league game at the weekend after a stop-start affair that reached boiling point on a couple of occasions.
Didsbury took the lead after some early pressure, with Neil Creasey and Tom Whiteley dominating the early stages, creating space and playing some neat soccer in the oppositions defensive quarter. It took 15 minutes of probing for Man of the Match, John Corcoran, to latch onto a Mike Corbett through-pass and execute a decisive shot into the inside-side-netting of the Woodsend goalmouth.
Continued pressure and some hard-fought midfield battles saw tempers start to flair, as Didsbury struck again through a rare John Battersby kicked-goal. The tall chap at the back is deadly with his Marv-like bonce but this time his right foot did the talking, and it said "I'll have some of that thank you very much squire", as the ball dropped to him just outside the 6-yard area.
The game then took an ugly turn, as a couple of incidents involving the Woodsend sweeper and the AFCD midfield led to some anger being vented in the direction of the referee. To his credit the referee maintained a firm grip on proceedings, and strongly suggested that the Woodsend gaffer consider a substitution. This opportunity was eventually taken after a series of breaks in proceedings more akin to the Superbowl than the MASFL.
Didsbury were visibly shaken by the confrontation, and were on the back foot for a spell. Woodsend capitalised, testing the Didsbury goalmouth on a couple of occasions. Athletic eventually found the net with a wickedly deflected shot, which left the Didsbury keeper James Leighton flapping like a Tesco bag caught in a greyhounds arse.
Before halftime there was time for more handbags, with the Woodsend No.7 reacting to a strong but fair challenge from Whiteley. The Didsbury man has a reputation for getting under the opponent’s skin and this game gave no reason to disprove the hypothesis. Luckily for Whiteley, his hero Adam Musson came to the rescue and diffused the situation by getting launched on his arse and bringing a humorous end to the melee'.
Halftime came around with the game delicately poised at 2-1.
The second half was a decidedly one-sided affair, with a switch of wingers for Didsbury and an injury to Athletic’s key-man.
The turning point came half-way through the second half. Didsbury's utility man Matt Harrison caught a ball from a launched clearance on the inside of his left foot and despatched Corbett for an attack down the left wing in one fluid motion. Literally, poetry in motion. This single act destroyed Woodsend's dreams and had the effect of a selfie with Usain Bolt on the Didsbury collective, who raised their game 2-fold and finished the scoring with a delightful counter-attack down the right-hand side, with Hay squaring to Harrison who drew three men before squaring to Corbett. The Darleck slotted first-time into the Woodsend goal, as if he was turning a key in a beautifully oiled lock.
The weather was perfection, the pitch was playable, and Didsbury were at it again. 3 points, 4 pints, and home for bed #smilesonfaces
Words by Matt Harrison