AFC Didsbury: Mackie, L Darlington, Kendrick, Bishop (C), Hadfield (Rogers), Lee, Benson-May (New), Harrison, Vasko, Menghini, M Darlington (Richardson).
GOALS: Menghini ASSISTS: - MAN OF THE MATCH: Kendrick
Didsbury Youths Caught Stealing Points in Daylight Robbery at Simon Field
According to fiction, St John (aka John the Apostle) is said to be the only of Jesus' disciples not to have died a martyr's death. Fitting then, that the visit of St Johns Greens to AFC Didsbury for this MASFL clash saw the away side ultimately 'die' whilst refusing to conform to the script depicting a straight-forward victory for the home team. In fact, Greens were disappointed not to come away with three points.
Starting the game with a stand-in keeper, Didsbury enjoyed some early possession, with Gaz Lee enjoying a first half spent weaving in and out of his fullback's reach like a French Bulldog chasing a pastie strapped to a remote controlled car. After forcing a corner down Lee's wing, Didsbury took the lead with an incisive finish from Ross Menghini, who took control of some goalmouth pinball to finish low to the keeper's left.
Didsbury failed to build any momentum however, and became increasingly pegged back by some heavy pressing from the Greens.
Halftime passed and Didsbury instated their 'proper' keeper for the game, Wayne Rogers, after he finally turned up. However, outfield personnel changes did not help Didsbury's grip on the game. St John's started enjoying more of the ball and repeatedly asked questions of DIdbsury's defensive quartet. Imperious displays from centre-backs Matt Kendrick and Chris Bishop helped to repel the onslaught, which was pretty consistent throughout the second half. They must have been KNACKERED but they are nice people so didn't complain too much.
Didsbury touched the ball once or twice in the second half but only to ricochet it back to Greens onrushing pursuers. In fact as this piece is written, I'm beginning to wonder how on earth the Didsbury defense held. But it did. Greens' inability to capitalise from good build up play meant that the points went to the home side.
Words by Matt Harrison
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