AFC Didsbury 0 - 5 Man United SC
AFC Didsbury: Rogers, Musson (Bermingham) Johnson, Battersby (C), Mackie, Stiff, Bishop, Creasey, Quaye, Wallace, New.
Man of the Match: New
Didsbury succumb to Halloween horror show against Manchester United Supporters Club.
Didsbury slumped to their first defeat of the season in depressing style as they were beaten comprehensively.
A threadbare squad and centre back, Wayne Rogers, acting as a stand-in goalkeeper, did not excuse such a sloppy start that saw Didsbury concede inside the first minute. Shortly after, a somewhat debatable penalty was given against full back, Adam Musson, for obstruction. Rogers managed to get fingers to the shot but still couldn’t keep it out, leaving Didsbury two down and reeling within ten minutes.
Aside from a few chances from set pieces, Didsbury never got back into the game in the first half and conceded a third just before the break. With bench options limited and morale sapped, the second half was a procession for Man United’s Supporters Club and they starved the home side of the one thing they required to get back in the game. Possession.
While Didsbury’s Gareth New made some good ground down the left wing, there was little end product and often no-one to support him in the box. A corner from Neil Creasey found Ollie Quaye but his downwards header was well saved. Quaye later found himself through on goal but he failed to convert what turned out to be the best opportunity of the game for Didsbury.
After another two goals, the tally reached five and the Supporters Club were good value for their win. This had been the worst result in the club’s history and a dejected Didsbury left the field with heads facing the floor, knowing that some drastic improvements need to be made if they wish to remain as genuine title contenders in this league.
Words by Ollie Quaye