AFC Didsbury: Leighton, L Darlington, Battersby (C), McDonald, Wedl (Mackie), Lee (Agyeman), Whiteley, Harrison, Vasko, Menghini (Kennedy), Corbett (M Darlington).
GOALS: Menghini, M Darlington ASSISTS: Lee, L Darlington MAN OF THE MATCH: L Darlington
Didsbury fail to get over the Fitton Hill
In the first game back from what has to be the longest Christmas break ever; the Didsbury boys were keen to grace the field in Oldham with fury having not kicked a ball since late October.
Fresh from Pete Kilgour’s surprise 30th and still trying to get over Gaz New’s neck tensing entertainment, the setting couldn’t be more perfect for the ABC1’s. (Minus the car park sofa sale, occasional pitch puddle and distinct smell of medicinal herbs…!).
The referee’s pre game speech proved to be correct, the visitors were set to enter a long & tough 90 minutes. Despite the warning, Didsbury were taken aback in the first 10 minutes. Fitton Hill started quickly and were able to take advantage of a well-delivered long free kick, scoring from the following scramble.
Within 20 minutes, things were looking up for the visitors. Matt Harrison and Tom Whiteley started to play ‘dodge the foul’ in the centre of the park and eventually were able to spark a telling team move. The ball made it out to Gareth Lee, who despite still fuming at team-mate, Matt Kennedy, for locking the keys in his car, managed to skin his man and dink a beautiful ball onto the penalty spot. The eagerly awaiting Ross Menghini was there to volley home with his right foot.
A pivotal moment in the match came only seconds after the equaliser. Still celebrating like Jurgen Klopp after scraping a draw at West Brom, Didsbury weren’t focussed. Some poor defending led to a quick return goal from the home side.
The remainder of the half was packed with excitement…! Both teams treated to a quad-dirt-bike-feral-crazy-child-chicken-drag-race circling the pitch. These distraction techniques clearly paid off.
3-1 @ HT
The second half saw little let up from Fitton Hill; with the return of their standout player after a timeout listening to his fav, they were able to gloat their way to a 5-1 lead.
I was guna go to class ……. I could have cheated, and I could have passed ……. La da da da da da.
John Battersby fought fire with fire in an attempt to riel the men in white, which only evoked a cutting response, “you’re one of those IT geeks aren’t you”. Oh dear.
Substitutes Matt Kennedy and Matt Darlington provided fresh legs up front and Didsbury began to grow in the final 20 minutes. From the edge of the box, an outstanding finish from substitute Darlington, placing the ball in the top right securing a consolation goal.
The final whistle blew, 5-2 the score line and a true Oldham style celebration was under way. They lit their fireworks, the quad-dirt-bike-feral-crazy-child-chicken-drag-race resumed… and Gaz called the AA.
All in a Sunday afternoon at Snipe Fields.
Words By Ross Menghini
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