AFC Didsbury were unfortunate to find themselves on the losing side, in a hard-fought encounter, against table toppers Davyhulme Park, at Simon Field.
Didsbury were the quickest out of the blocks, carving out an opportunity in the opening minute. After good pressing from kick off, the ball was stolen in midfield before being worked out to Matty Harrison, who's teasing cross wasn't cleared by the Davyhulme defence and fell to Neil Creasey to a slot home from 12 yards.
The visitors worked their way back into the game with a period of sustained pressure, looking dangerous from set pieces and it was through this route that they managed an equaliser. A header was blocked at a corner and fell to an opponent who was able to stab home from within the six yard box.
The home side continued to look a threat on the counter, with Pavol Vasko often getting the better of the opposing left back. However, both midfields dominated the majority of play for the remainder of the half.
Didsbury again started brightly in the second half, Tom Whiteley heading over from a Mike Corbett free-kick, before Harrison skewed a chance in the box after Whiteley got on the end of another Corbett cross.
Tempers flared briefly soon after, following a committed challenge by Colin McDonald. The Davyhulme number 10 threatened to munch on McDonald's ear and threw a punch lazier than Froch's jab. He was, however, to make the next major contribution and made Didsbury pay for their missed opportunities.
Davyhulme worked the ball through to their number 9 who managed to round James Leighton and square to the number 10 who stroked home.
It wasn't long until parity was deservedly restored when Didsbury captain, John Battersby, turned home a free kick from man of the match, Creasey. From there, Didsbury, and in particular, the centre half pairing of Battersby and Jon Turner, contained every attacking foray from the visiting side. However, their hard work was undone by a dubious and controversial offside call that allowed the Davyhulme striker through on goal and score the games' decisive goal.
In the dying minutes, John Corcoran found himself free in the box and looked likely to salvage a point for the hosts, only to see his shot saved by the feet of the keeper and the 3 points taken by the visitors.
A spirited display from Didsbury, who deserved a point, but instead must take something from their next fixture to end the year on a high note.