AFC Didsbury 3 - 6 Nello James
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Jaffray, Mackie, Johnson (Rogers), Bermingham, Quaye (McDonald), Stiff, Harrison (C), MacHugh, Berté, Richardson (Creasey)
Goals: Jaffray, Quaye, Stiff
Assists: MacHugh (2), Harrison
Man of the Match: Harrison
Didsbury hit for six despite Quaye's farewell performance
Ollie Quaye bid farewell to his AFC Didsbury compadres with a virtuoso performance in a match where Didsbury once again fell short of their high standards. Another damaging defeat leaves the side in freefall and desperately looking for a return to early season form and confidence.
The side gave themselves a mountain to climb early in in the first half, with slack defending seeing them 2 goals down within 15 minutes. Shortly after, a free kick won by Sam Richardson, was cleverly played down the right flank, bypassing the Nello James wall and full-back Ben Jaffray showed typical poise and a delicate finish to place the ball into the far corner.
Then the games’ champagne moment came, when Luke Berté picked out Kieran MacHugh in space down the left, who turned and spotted Quaye in space. MacHugh then delivered a perfect defence splitting pass to Quaye, who dropped his shoulder, sold the defender a dummy and thundered a left-footed thunderbolt into the top corner. Unstoppable. Didsbury ended the half the stronger but were unable to take the lead.
The second half was uneventful until Quaye was penalised in the box for ‘impeding’ a winger who had already lost control of the ball, and shortly after the penalty was converted. The gap was then widened to two goals as more mistakes were punished by Nello James.
Didsbury briefly looked to impose themselves on the game when Mike Stiff converted a powerful penalty, after Matt Harrison had been scythed down in the area. However, after some miscontrol by Jonathan Mackie led to a fifth goal for the away side, this pretty much ended any hopes of a comeback. Nello James then punished Didsbury with a sixth goal, as the home side through men forward as a last resort.
Another disappointing result that will be difficult to take, but the club must ensure they can arrest the recent slump as soon as possible.
Words by Ollie Quaye