Fallowfield 4 - 3 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Johnson (Rogers), Battersby, Rushton (MacHugh), Robins, Creasey, McDonald, Mackie, Trecarichi (Stiff), Corbett.
Goals: Creasey, Corbett, McDonald
Man of the Match: Battersby
AFC Didsbury slump to defeat after a superb performance by Fallowfield
AFC Didsbury were beaten in an enthralling high scoring match against a much improved Fallowfield side.
Both teams started the game at a calm composed pace with the sides keen to play the ball on what was a superb surface. Didsbury conceded a cheap free-kick on the halfway line and a high ball caused confusion dropping in behind their defence with no-one getting a touch it skidded past Hargreaves.
Fallowfield doubled their lead with a superb header from a drilled corner which found the top right corner of the goal from 12 yards, beating both the goalkeeper and defender on the line.
Didsbury then asserted themselves into the game and a flurry of chances were created from set pieces with Paul Johnson coming close twice and Paul Trecarichi forcing a wonderful reflex save from the Fallowfield goalkeeper. A deflected strike from Colin MacDonald forced yet another another great stop and a low strike was initially spilled and eventually scrambled away.
The second half saw Didsbury force themselves back into the game when their territorial possession culminated in Neil Creasey slamming a low strike from just inside the box which finally broke the Fallowfield defence’s resistance.
Fallowfield restored their two goal cushion when a free-kick was not properly cleared and was volleyed goalwards and the slightest of deflections left Hargreaves flat-footed and beaten at his near post. The lead was further extended when a deep cross bypassed the Didsbury defence to be bundled home for 4-1.
Didsbury pushed to salvage something from the game and Mike Corbett pulled one back with a placed finish after capitalising on a misplaced pass before Colin Macdonald gave hope for a result for Didsbury. Despite a late onslaught it was not to be and defeat leaves the title race wide open going into the final 3 games.
Words by David Hargreaves