AFC Didsbury 3 - 1 Davyhulme Park
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Rushton, Rogers, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Stiff, Bishop, Creasey, Harrison, Corbett, New (Quaye).
Goals: Corbett, Battersby, Bishop
Assists: Harrison, Creasey
Man of the Match: Leighton
Following a heavy defeat in their previous game, AFC Didsbury responded well to record their 5th league win of the campaign against a spirited Davyhulme side in what was a very entertaining game.
AFC Didsbury started the game brightly with top scorer Mike Corbett causing the Davyhulme defence problems. It was Davyhulme who took an early lead when their centre forward headed in a superbly flighted cross from the left side following an incisive counter attacking move.
The majority of the first half was then played in the Davyhulme half, with AFC Didsbury dominating possession and creating several good openings which were not converted. The pressure was eventually rewarded five minutes before the break when a long pass from the Didsbury left back, Ben Jaffray, found Matthew Harrison in space on the right wing. Harrison’s perfectly weighted through ball picked out a well-timed run from Corbett, who finished in clinical fashion.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first half with Didsbury enjoying large spells of possession and Davyhulme continuing to threaten on the break.
The second Didsbury goal came when good work from winger Gareth New forced a foul in the left wing position. Neil Creasey delivered a superb ball into the box from the resulting free kick which was met with a towering header from Didsbury captain, John Battersby.
A third goal came midway through the second half which effectively killed the game. A Creasey corner was only partially cleared and the ball fell to Chris Bishop who scored with a brilliantly struck half volley into the top right corner from twenty yards out.
With a two goal lead Didsbury were able to see the game out comfortably as a late spell of Davyhulme pressure was unable to produce any clear cut chances.
Words by Ben Jaffray