Fallowfield 2 - 5 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Phillipson, Musson (C) (New), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray, Creasey, Mackie, MacHugh, Trecarichi (Hargreaves), Gillon, Corbett.
Goals: Creasey, Gillon (2), Corbett, New
Assists: Trecarichi, New, Mackie, MacHugh, Corbett
Man of the Match: Mackie
AFC Didsbury put on a dominant second half display and extend their perfect start to the season.
Goals from Neil Creasey, Mike Corbett, Gareth New and a brace from Andy Gillon maintained AFC Didsbury's 100% record in Division One.
Heavy playing conditions impeded the passing style of Didsbury throughout the game but Paul Trecarichi played in Neil Creasey, who rode a strong challenge and slotted the ball away to give Didsbury the advantage after just five minutes. Fallowfield were unlucky not to be level by the break, as some would say they should have reacted faster to the teasing low cross that flashed across the Didsbury box.
Didsbury started the 2nd half with real purpose and after having a goal disallowed for offside, Andy Gillon feinted and swerved his way into a shooting position and was left amazed, as his tame shot was spilled into the net by a red-faced Fallowfield goalkeeper. Fallowfield continued to threaten but Didsbury goalkeeper and debutant, Jordan Phillipson, was at hand to make a fine double save when Fallowfield’s striker was put clean through. Didsbury then rubbed salt into the wounds by making it three, after Mike Corbett beat the offside trap and continued his fine form in front of goal with a powerful low strike. Fallowfield finally responded and pulled one back, making it 3-1 but shortly after, Andy Gillon restored the three goal cushion with a sublime deft chip from just inside the area, which left the opposition goalkeeper helpless, as the ball looped into the top corner.
There was a second goal for Fallowfield, resulting from a defensive lapse from a corner, which then threatened to make the final stages tense for Didsbury but Gareth New scrambled a simple goal from all of two yards.
A relatively lackluster performance from Didsbury despite scoring five goals but they go into a 2 week break with maximum points from their opening six fixtures and sit comfortably at the top of Division One.
Words by David Hargreaves