AFC Didsbury 1 - 4 Nello James
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Mackie, Battersby (C), Bermingham (Rushton), MacHugh, Stiff (McDonald), Bishop, Creasey, Wallace, Corbett.
Man of the Match: Mackie
Didsbury fall at the first hurdle in this year’s John Old Cup, after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Nello James.
The away side were gifted an early lead after some sloppy midfield passing by Mike Stiff. The ball was handed to a Nello James midfielder, who then found his striker in space and scuffed his shot in at the near post.
Their lead was then doubled after a corner was only half cleared and the ball fell kindly on the penalty spot, only for another Nello James striker to find the bottom corner through the crowd of players.
Didsbury managed to pull one back in the second half when a long ball was controlled by Kieran MacHugh, who unselfishly squared the ball for Mike Corbett to bag his 14th goal of the season.
Two minutes later, the game was effectively killed off by Nello James, when a long ball wasn't dealt with by Didsbury captain, John Battersby, and the Nello striker kept his composure to score.
The home side seemed to lack cohesion and their usual composure, and this was exploited with five minutes to go. Nello grabbed their fourth when the striker found space as Didsbury went to three at the back to chase the game.
Didsbury now find themselves with only the league to play for and as the title seems somewhat out of sight, the team must pull together to ensure that they still put on a string finish to their first season in the top flight.
Words by Jonathan Mackie