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
AFC Didsbury 7 - 2 Halton Juniors
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Mackie, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Bishop, Creasey, Berté, MacHugh (Rushton), Corbett, Quaye.
Goals: Corbett (3), Berté (2), MacHugh, Quaye
Assists: Berté (2), Corbett (3), Creasey (2)
Man of the Match: Berté
Didsbury coast to victory against Halton Juniors
Didsbury hit back from a goal down early on to score an avalanche of goals with an assured performance.
An unusually lacklustre start saw Didsbury a goal down, but the scores were soon level again after a devastating run and powerful finish from Mike Corbett, who had been put through by man of the match, Luke Berté. Corbett then returned the favour, with a neat pass to Berté who managed to find the net from long range.
The move of the game saw good work down the left side by Ben Jaffray and Ollie Quaye, and was finished when Neil Creasey delivered a precise cross into Kieran MacHugh, whose placed volley angled off the post and in. The half ended on a high and a seemingly unassailable lead when Berté grabbed his second, following some more great linkup play with Corbett.
After inviting some early pressure in the second half Halton Juniors pulled a goal back and shortly after, Didsbury goalkeeper, James Leighton found himself at full stretch to palm away a curling free kick, which had always seemed destined for the top corner.
Understandably, Halton then began to build some momentum but this was soon distinguished after with a quick double from Didsbury’s number 9. Corbett completed his second hattrick of the season, with the goals set up by Berté and Creasey. He then also completed a hattrick of assists, after his powerful low shot ricocheted off the Halton keeper and Quaye was first to react to the loose ball, chalking up Didsbury’s seventh of the game.
All in all, another impressive scoring display from Didsbury and a well deserved 3 points.
Words by Ollie Quaye
Sierra Stars 2 - 3 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Westhall, Rushton, Johnson, Bishop (C), Jaffray, Stiff (Mackie), Creasey, Harrison, MacHugh (Berté), Corbett, Quaye (New).
Goals: Corbett, Bishop, Harrison
Assists: MacHugh, Creasey, Quaye
Man of the Match: Corbett
Sierra Stars eclipsed by below par Didsbury
Didsbury responded to their first dropped points of the season with a hard fought but faltering display against a talented Sierra stars side.
Sierra boast an abudandance of speed that put Didsbury on the back foot at times but without troubling stand-in goalkeeper William Westhall. However, there was one heart in mouth moment when Ben Jaffray did well to clear a corner off the line.
The opener came from good Didsbury pressure, Kieran MacHugh pouncing on a short clearance and playing in Mike Corbett, who showed icy cool composure to lift the ball over the advancing keeper.
Still unable to get a foothold in the game, Didsbury’s lead didn't last long as Sierra equalised from close range. Didsbury failed to improve after the restart but a well delivered corner from Neil Creasey was headed in at the far post by Chris Bishop to put Didsbury back in the lead. The pace of the Sierra forwards however, brought them level once again as they sprung the offside trap.
The Didsbury winner came from more pressure on the Sierra defence, when Quaye blocked a clearance on halfway, sprinted to the by line and clipped the ball into Matt Harrison who had made up significant yards to thunder home a header.
Didsbury put in a good defensive shift to hold on, Westhall making one impressive stop to preserve the lead. In the end the final whistle brought relief and three more points vital points.
Words by Ollie Quaye