AFC Didsbury 1
MAN OF THE MATCH: Darlington
Dire Didsbury Die A Death
Two words, one man: Michael Corbett. Fresh from his week of finishing training with Swindon Town FC, Corbs, as he's affectionately known, knew he had a belter of a goal in him this week and he wasn't far wrong. He started the game his usual self, causing the cagey Fallowfield defence all sorts of problems with his movement. And it wouldn't be long until he got that chance (he only needs one) to prove himself in front of goal. It was only seventy minutes in when substitute Matt Kennedy took a cross from the right onto his chest, caressed it around the corner of the onrushing centre back, and lofted a gloriously weighted pass into Corbs' path. The irrepressible Didsbury forward watched the ball drop over his shoulder on the edge of the box, had time to bend down and shine up his left boot and smashed a half volley with his wrong foot, right into the postage stamp. It was one of those goals that I'm sure the Fallowfield boys will all say 'I was there that day when...' in years to come, but for the Didsbury lads it's only what they've come to expect from their magical number nine.
Unfortunately, aside from Lloyd Darlington’s warrior-like performance in midfield, which earned him man of the match, this was the single highlight from an otherwise poor game. Starting with two linesmen on the same side of the pitch, the referee clearly had his mind on his forthcoming GCSEs J, but in fairness he wasn't the only one who seemed distracted. Struggling for composure on the ball or any pace or purpose on the break, Didsbury allowed their excited opponents to sneak three well worked tap-ins, which was enough for them to secure a deserved victory. Their enthusiastic celebrations at the end of the game showed what it meant to them and on this holiest of Mothering Sundays, I'm sure they all did their mums proud. Credit to the opposition but Didsbury now look ahead and know that they must improve ahead of Sunday’s JA Kennedy Cup semi-final, away to Hulme.
Words by Pete Kilgour