Inter Mancs 1 - 5 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Jaffray, Rogers, Mackie, Bermingham, Stiff, Bishop, Berté, Wallace, Trecarichi, Quaye.
Goals: Own Goal (Inter Mancs), Bishop (3), Trecarichi
Assists: Trecarichi (2), Wallace (2), Berté
Man of the Match: Trecarichi
Didsbury serve up a 5 star performance
Didsbury produced a fine display to see off a capable Inter Mancs team and ensure they kept pace with the league leaders.
The game started brightly with both sides looking to get the ball down and play some decent football. Chances were few and far between, though, as both defences stayed on top for the majority of the opening exchanges.
It took until the twenty fifth minute for the game to open up with Didsbury’s James Leighton twice producing fine stops to deny the Inter Mancs forwards. These chances only seemed to spur Didsbury on, as a chipped through ball from right back, Ben Jaffray, found striker Paul Trecarichi unmarked in the opposition box. His attempt on goal was then inadvertently converted by the covering Inter Mancs defender.
Deep into first half stoppage time Didsbury grabbed their second with more good work by Wallace down the right. He produced a pin point cross into the 6 yard box and Chris Bishop supplied the finish.
The second half started with Didsbury in control, only for a mistake by Jonny Mackie to allow Inter Mancs in to make it to 2-1.
This was to be the only scare for Didsbury as a goal from man of the match, Trecarichi and two more from Bishop, capped off a dominant second half display and secured 3 points for the travelling side.
Words by John Battersby
AFC Didsbury 3 - 1 Davyhulme Park
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Rushton, Rogers, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Stiff, Bishop, Creasey, Harrison, Corbett, New (Quaye).
Goals: Corbett, Battersby, Bishop
Assists: Harrison, Creasey
Man of the Match: Leighton
Following a heavy defeat in their previous game, AFC Didsbury responded well to record their 5th league win of the campaign against a spirited Davyhulme side in what was a very entertaining game.
AFC Didsbury started the game brightly with top scorer Mike Corbett causing the Davyhulme defence problems. It was Davyhulme who took an early lead when their centre forward headed in a superbly flighted cross from the left side following an incisive counter attacking move.
The majority of the first half was then played in the Davyhulme half, with AFC Didsbury dominating possession and creating several good openings which were not converted. The pressure was eventually rewarded five minutes before the break when a long pass from the Didsbury left back, Ben Jaffray, found Matthew Harrison in space on the right wing. Harrison’s perfectly weighted through ball picked out a well-timed run from Corbett, who finished in clinical fashion.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first half with Didsbury enjoying large spells of possession and Davyhulme continuing to threaten on the break.
The second Didsbury goal came when good work from winger Gareth New forced a foul in the left wing position. Neil Creasey delivered a superb ball into the box from the resulting free kick which was met with a towering header from Didsbury captain, John Battersby.
A third goal came midway through the second half which effectively killed the game. A Creasey corner was only partially cleared and the ball fell to Chris Bishop who scored with a brilliantly struck half volley into the top right corner from twenty yards out.
With a two goal lead Didsbury were able to see the game out comfortably as a late spell of Davyhulme pressure was unable to produce any clear cut chances.
Words by Ben Jaffray