AFC Didsbury 1
Stretford Victoria 3
MAN OF THE MATCH: Leighton
Didsbury Sunk by Stretford
AFC Didsbury were defeated 3-1 by a well-organised Stretford Vics side, condemning them to their first defeat on a Wednesday in 2015.
Coincidentally but equally alarmingly, the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris by militants – killing twelve people and injuring ten; the TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashing into the Keelung River near Taipei after clipping a minibus– killing 31 people; the attack on Tunisia’s Bardo National Museum by militants – killing 18 foreign tourists and 6, clearly less important locals; Jeremy Clarkson getting sacked from Top Gear – killing no one; and One Direction, Taylor Swift and Mark Ronson winning Brit Awards – killing the cultural integrity of this once fine country; all happened on Wednesday’s this year too.
They’re just five reasons, amongst many others to explain why no one truly likes Wednesdays. You’re still two days away from the weekend and have had just enough grief from those who grate on you in work that you start turning your attention to abusing yourself, both mentally and physically.
The weekend and excess is just in reach; however you’ve still got two poxy days left before you can forget you’ve grown up and failed at every promise you made along the way to travel and see the world before deciding it was better to work in supply chain finance. That fact nags away at you for a good 80% of your day in the office, classroom or living room but you have control. You’re well-skilled in dealing with the angst, the resentment and the anxiety now. It’s been seven years since you graduated from University, you’re well-versed. But it doesn’t make it any easier. In fact it gets harder the further away those days were, ask Jonno.
When the Wednesday fixtures come out, they’re a release. A break-up from the monotony and pain that exists week in-week out whilst you plod along in your professional role, using programs that make Microsoft Excel look like a good Thursday night in. You’re grateful that the Mancunian weather didn’t let you down from November-March and these rearranged fixtures can fill the gaping void you feel during the week, every week.
You’re playing football with your mates, and Gaz New, trying to enjoy the sorry existence you have.
It was a shame we lost on that Wednesday. It wasn’t down to any lack of effort or ability, but football can be like that. You could argue we played relatively well but were punished by 3 extremely well taken goals. It’s fair to say we went 1-0 down against the run of play and that we dominated the rest of the half, deservedly getting an equaliser from a Tom Whiteley volley 18-yards out (althought he will likely claim it was 30).
At times, we played some attractive football but didn’t do enough in the second half to trouble the keeper and get our noses in front. Meanwhile on the break Stretford always looked likely to sneak another, despite some excellent goalkeeping from Leighton, and unfortunately they did. Twice. They earned the three points.
Despite this, it was still up there as one of the better things I actually did on that Wednesday. Clearly not the best as we lost and I’m not actually sure whether I really like you all honestly. But if it wasn’t for football I wouldn’t have seen Gaz New’s dance with the ref’s dog, Matty Harrison eat a scotch egg or Jack Wallace sober. All glorious things individually let alone in the same 3 hour period.
Then it all ended. We all sulked back home, copped an earful and apologised profusely for everything and anything. Because we care.
The pain began to set again, but at least this time you could lay down your head and say goodbye to Wednesday. No-one fucking likes Wednesday.
Words by Mike Corbett
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