AFC DIDSBURY: Leighton, Mackie (Simpson), Hield, Bishop (C), Harrison, Kendrick (Quinn), Whiteley, Agyeman, Kilgour, Vasko, Smith (Menghini).
GOALS: Whiteley, Kilgour, Vasko (3), Menghini
ASSISTS: Vasko, Harrison, Whiteley, Kendrick, Vasko
MAN OF THE MATCH: Vasko
DIDSBURY ON POYNT TO MAINTAIN WINNING START
As we enter Autumn, Didsbury host their first game at home against bottom of the league , Poynton FC. The day’s preparation couldn’t have gone much better. The nets were up at 8.30am, so that we could warm up for 1 hour 45 minutes before the game.
As we sat in the changing rooms there was some confusion in the Didbury ranks. Firstly, Matty Harrison, who I understand is considering a family outing to Glasto next year with his new born daughter (?!) was in charge of the riddums for the changing rooms. In true Cumbrian stud muffin style, he proceeded to get the lads up for the game by playing ‘do they know it’s Christmas time’. Strange.
After healing the world, it was over to Jack Simpson (shit chat) to walk in with his shorts the wrong way around. After some challenge from the lads he broke down with a tear in his eye to say ‘I am just really really nervous’.
More drama followed, as top scorer Ross Menghini was nowhere to be seen. According to our very own Slovakian heartthrob, Rossi was drunk dialling him from Deansgate locks at the early hours. A wake up call from Manager Adam Musson and Menghini was on his way!
The game got under way and despite all the talk before the game about not getting complacent, Didsbury started slow. It was the visitors that had the upper hand in the early exchanges and they converted this pressure into a goal. A peach of strike from the centre forward into the bottom corner left Leighton De Gea stranded in the middle of his goal. 1- 0 Poynton.
Didsbury started to come into the game and were showing some flashes of brilliance. Pete Kilgour attempted a Berkamp-esque chip that pinged off the crossbar (this loosened the cross bar for later in the game).
Didsbury soon got back on level terms with a great bit of football, a Pavol Vasko shot that was saved by the keeper and a Tom Bear Whiteley follow up slotting home for 1-1.
Soon after and Kilgour, still reeling from his narrow missed chip from the edge of the box, pinged one from 30 yards straight into the top bin. One of the best Sunday league goals you will see and surely a shoe in for goal of the season already! Take a bow, son. 2-1 to the mighty oranges.
Two goals in quick succession for the Didsbury army gave us a 4-1 lead heading into the break. The third a great bit of play by Whiteley to square to Vasko for an easy finish. The fourth a great through ball from the Ginger Xavi (Matt Kendrick) to put through the on-fire Vasko, you can guess the rest…
The second half was much of the same, Didsbury only in 2nd gear but in control of the game and never looked like losing. Another two goals to take the lead to 6-1.
The first was a ball over the top from Vasko and Menghini, looking rather hungover somehow fumbled the ball into the back of the net. The second another from our Slovakian storm trooper who was unplayable on the day!
At 6-1 and coasting, it must be said we took our foot off the gas and started to soak up some pressure.
Didsbury’s ‘long term’ number 1 was in fine voice throughout the game and his passion was clear to see throughout, with some good saves to keep the score at 6-1.
In the final 15 minutes, Poynton broke, Leighton saved the first shot to his right, their forward squared it and they fumbled the ball over the line.
What happened next was slightly bizarre but clearly a result of Pete loosening the bar in the first half. Disappointed with the fashion of the Poynton goal, keeper James Leighton let his passion for AFC Didsbury overspill. He let out a huge shriek and kicked the left hand post. The post came out and the cross bar landed on top of his head. To make matter worse, the crossbar wouldn’t go back in and the whole net had to be dissembled to be put back up. Not the finest ten minutes for the Didsbury veteran. A calamity moment.
The game finished 6-2 and whilst not a stellar Didsbury performance, a good win to make it 4 out of 4 this season.
All eyes now turn to a top of the table clash. Will Didsbury keep their unbeaten run going? Stay tuned.
Words by James Leighton
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