AFC Didsbury: Leighton, L Darlington, Bolas, Bishop (C), Harrison, Whiteley, Kilgour, Menghini (Quinn),
M Darlington (Ferguson), Vasko, Smith
MAN OF THE MATCH: Whiteley
DIDSBURY FALL FROM HIGH GROUND
Another beautiful Sunday morning and AFC Didsbury hosted top of the league, High Lane FC @ Ford Lane.
The night before Michael Bisping had defended his UFC title in Manchester and looking at the state of Ross Menghini upon arrival (25 minutes late) he was in the Octagon with him.
With the warm ups out of the way AFC Didsbury were ready to continue their unbeaten run………oh wait…
The game started off slow and the men in orange struggled to get into their stride in the early exchanges. The first half passed with very little to report on. Both sides went into the break with only two chances between them; Jame Leighton with a routine save 1-on-1 with their striker at his near post and a guilt edge chance fell to Menghini, who narrowly headed over from close range. Fans on the side-lines were fantasising about what could have been if he hadn’t been out until 6am!
Half time came and a chance to regroup for the lads. The talk at halftime was about us having possession in the right half of the field and becoming more direct in our style.
The second half continued with much of the same, neither side carving out much in terms of opportunities and the majority of the game played in Didsbury’s defensive third. The Didsbury defence looked like they would see the game out and defended brilliantly despite ball after ball being launched into the box, not allowing them time to get out of the penalty box.
The first chance of the second half fell to the visitors 15 minutes from time and came on the back of a quick counter attack by High Lane and with a few precise passes carved us open and slotted home from close range. 1- 0 High Lane. A hammer blow!
Shortly after and it was 2. Didsbury outnumbered at the back and left High Lane an easy square ball and their striker slotted into the corner to make it 2.
Didsbury showed some heart in the closing stages and started to apply some pressure late on, carving out one opportunity which was well saved by their keeper.
The game came to an end and finished 2-0 to High Lane. In truth, the first team to score was always going to win the game but it would have flattered Didsbury to get anything from this one.
Not a vintage Didsbury display and High Lane definitely a team that are beatable so the title aspirations remain intact.
We regroup and go again next week and hopefully give a much better account of ourselves against fellow league title chasers, Heaton Mersey CC FC.
I attach a quote from a good mate of mine Renzo Gracie, “If you don’t win you learn”
Words by James Leighton
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