AFC Didsbury 2 - 3 Woodsend Ath.
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Mackie, Bermingham, Quaye (Wallace), Creasey, Stiff (Bainbridge), MacHugh, Harrison, Gillon.
Goals: Creasey, MacHugh
Assists: Musson, Quaye
Man of the Match: Harrison
AFC Didsbury dumped out of the John Old Cup by Woodsend Athletic
AFC Didsbury compounded their first defeat in the league in the previous week, by being dumped out of the John Old Cup in the first round by lower league 4th Division opposition Woodsend Athletic.
Woodsend Athletic went into the game in fine form unbeaten in the league picking up maximum points and scoring 46 goals in their opening 9 games. The goal threat was obvious in the initial stages, bombing forward using the pacy forwards to stretch the Didsbury defence. Early pressure culminated in a free-kick from 24 yards out and was superbly placed in-off the bar with Didsbury goalkeeper Hargreaves possibly unsighted by the low sun.
Within 20 minutes Woodsend had doubled their advantage after a counter attack down the left flank, which lead to the Woodsend number nine beating keeper Hargreaves once more, as he found himself with time and space inside the Didsbury box.
The two goal deficit seemed to eventually provoke a fight back from Didsbury and just before the half-time break, neat interplay and a wonderful cross field ball from the left wing allowed Didsbury’s captain, Adam Musson, to make the run from right-back and deliver a pinpoint cross, which Neil Creasey directed into the bottom right; 2-1 at half-time
Didsbury continued to apply pressure in the second half and a direct free-kick, from just outside the box, was sublimely curled into the far left by Kieran MacHugh to grab the equaliser.
The Didsbury comeback was short-lived however when a cross was only half-cleared and the loose ball drilled back towards goal straight at Hargreaves who contrived to let the ball squirm through his legs and gift Woodsend the win and passage to the next round.
Words by David Hargreaves