AFC Didsbury: Rogers, Mackie, Kendrick, Battersby (C), McDonald, Lee (Agyeman), Bishop, L Darlington (Whiteley), Vasko, Menghini (Smith), Corbett (M Darlington).
GOALS: M Darlington, Agyeman, Smith ASSISTS: Smith, Whiteley, Lee MAN OF THE MATCH: Battersby
Three Goals Meant Three Points For Didsbury
With Manager Adam Musson absent, it fell to Matt Harrison to take the reigns as a confident Didsbury side took on Fallowfield. The question on the fans' lips as always was 'would Gaz New, make the 11', with rivals eyeing up a big money summer transfer, could Harrison handle the pressure and risk New's backlash?
A tightly contested first half saw both back fours tested, but the resilient Battersby/Kendrick partnership kept their reputation in tact with a solid first half display. Off the back of a solid 1-0 victory, could Didsbury make it two clean sheets in a row? The defence was fired up with Lloyd Darlington in particular in no mood for niceties.
On the 30 minute mark, Harrison showed his hand; bringing both Eugene Agyeman and Matt Darlington off the bench to try and break the deadlock.
But the first half remained a stalemate.
The game opened up in the second half as Didsbury began to play their well renowned free flowing football. On the 55th minute substitutes Kieran Smith and Darlington combined, with Darlington taking a delightful touch on his chest finishing the move with a sweet strike across the keeper. 1-0 Didsbury.
Fallowfield came back at Didsbury with a wave of crunching tackles, which did in fact lead to fan favourite Lloyd Darlington ‘losing his head’. An end to end ten minutes left Didsbury red faced as Fallowfield pulled one back on the break. 1-1.
Harrison rallied the troops from the side-lines, staking his claim for a full time position as number 2 and Didsbury responded with a quick-fire double, asserting their authority over the league minnows. The first, a Trademark Gaz Lee in-swinging free kick headed home by the rising Smith from the penalty spot. The third was provided by Agyeman with a touch of class; the *tireless* Whiteley slid Agyeman through, for him to chip the rushing Fallowfield keeper and deliver the 3 points home.
*not adjudged by a box-to-box foot race with what can only be described as an ‘ageing’ referee.
Some resilient defending saw out the victory and Didsbury marched on with the top 3 in sight.
Words by Kieran Smith
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