AFC DIDSBURY: Rogers (C), Simpson, Coleman, Johnston, Blackburn (Birtwistle), Tauro, Williams, Gowrie, Cowley, Williamson, Adcock (Connolly).
GOALS: Gowrie, Williams
MAN OF THE MATCH: Gowrie
DIDSBURY LEFT DEVASTATED BY D&C
I will be doing this match report in the style of the Fresh Prince…
Noooooow this is a story all about how,
The Didsbury 2’s got turned upside down,
I’d like to take a minute as I lay the scene,
I’ll tell you how we got beat by a team from Lacey Green.
That’s it - not all black people can rap, you racist. That took me an hour. If you want rap go to Col- he’s the realest in the game, yo.
Difficult times for the seconds, a disastrous run of results resulted in a reupping of effort on the training front, with an extra session called during our week off, and a good turnout at Thursday training.
D & C Athletic had been well beaten just over a month ago, a game that saw our last victory and last goal. Surely this was a great opportunity to arrest the slide and get back to winning ways?
The immediate build up to the game was not ideal, with goalkeeper Thom Bannister pulling out injured after failing to recover from a knock 2 weeks prior, followed by Will Westall (in training) and Ollie Quaye (falling out of bed- not true but funny so let’s go with that). This led to one senior 2’s official describing the game as ‘cursed’. Both Quaye & Claude Birtwistle arrived late due to road closures for the Manchester marathon, but did at least make it for kick off, something Gareth New did not manage. Although he assured management that he ‘got here as soon as I could’ after texting the gaffer that morning saying he ‘had something to sort out’ (more money laundering?). The team felt truly blessed by his mere presence.
The first half was a good example of the type of football 2nd team manager, Ciaran Bermingham, and club coach, Colin McDonald, had been drilling into us at training, with calm measured passing and good communication all over the pitch. Down the wings, Amit Tauro and debutant, Pete Cowley, linked up well with their full backs, Nick Blackburn and Jack Simpson. Tauro in particular was having success in breaching the D & C back line, once being called offside (when he wasn’t), and once being called onside (when he wasn’t) but failing to test the keeper when through on goal. In central midfield, veteran Stuart Williams and Dave Gowrie were playing with confidence and Jake Coleman was stepping forward to cover when required. Jack Adcock and Andy Williamson managed to link up a few times, but a half of few chances ended with a positive half time team talk, and instructions from the gaffer to stay on the attack second half.
Soon into the second half, the 2’s found their scoring touch, buoyed by the encouragement to shoot on sight, Gowrie picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, put his laces through it and overpowered the keeper- scenes. This gave the lads a lift and the match looked there for the taking.
Sadly, this was short lived, when a free kick from the right was spilled by stand-in keeper Wayne Rogers who was left red faced as the tap-in brought about the equaliser. After this, we went a goal behind, Rogers again in the thick of it, as he made a good save low to his right, the shot looped up in the air where Mike Johnston made a mess of his ‘clearing’ header to slot the ball past a hapless Rogers for an own goal.
To be fair to Didsbury, heads did not go down, as was emphasised at half time, and the best move of the team's fledgling existence brought parity, as half time substitute Gaz New started a move down the left that involved Adcock, Gowrie, Williamson and finally Williams who finished off a sweeping move after some nice short passing around the opposition penalty area. 2-2. At this point the goal scorer ran to retrieve the ball, as Didsbury looked to grab the winner, and he had a great chance to soon after, when a corner from Blackburn was cleared back to the taker, he delivered a great ball to the far post, evading the keeper, but Williams just couldn’t keep his header down for what surely would have been the winner.
Devastation was to come. As Didsbury pushed forward for a deserved winner, the team was caught out defensively and conceded a scrappy goal with less than 5 minutes remaining. Huff and puff and they did, the guys just didn’t have the final say and another disappointing result, although a much more encouraging performance.
The feeling from me afterwards was that if we play like that results will follow, we do need to make improvements, of course, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day. (Not surprising, have you seen how fit Italian birds are? Those workmen would have been hopelessly distracted)
Chin up fellas, it’s not easy at the moment but then nothing worthwhile is.
Words by Ollie ‘Cheesestring Hamstring’ Quaye
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