GOALS: Mackie ASSISTS: Kelly MAN OF THE MATCH: Carr
DIDSBURY FAIL TO GET INTO THE GROOVE AS THEY TRAVEL TO THE GROVE
On a morning that can only be described as ‘arid’, AFC Didsbury 2nd team travelled south down the A6 for a head to head with FC Torkington, who lay 2 points behind Didsbury boasting an impressive goal difference despite playing a million games less than everyone else. With Torkington having what can only be described as an eager fan club, the 12th man was out and the odds weren’t ever in our favour. However, with 3 Division 3 games kicking off on the same park there was a lot to play for, including the affections of our lovely female referee.
After an even start with neither team getting into any kind of rhythm it was the home side who broke the deadlock with a gifted goal courtesy of the aforementioned ref who decided the ball went over the line and handed the 1-0 regardless of whether they actually thought it went in themselves – or even appealed. That’s Sunday League and that’s 1-0 FC Torkington.
The game continued being messy with the ground similar to Atacama Desert (Google it boys). With the heat getting to everyone there was the constant asking of how long’s left and tempers boiling with Sham Rohman partaking in customary handbags. It all petered out and play continued. With the sun facing Didsbury it was all in all a difficult half but only 1-nil down due to an atrocity ain’t too bad.
No changes at half time saw the game continue in a similar fashion. Bouncy, bobbly and not at all pleasing on the eye.
A few Didsbury corners glimmered a small amount of hope with Dave Reynolds getting on the end of most of them but to no avail. As a result, it was a swift counter attack from one of said corners that dug the hole a little deeper. 2-0 and it’s looking hard work now.
Hard work paid off though and Didsbury found themselves back in the game with a Chris Kelly free kick being spilled into the path of Jonathan Mackie steaming in on the follow up. Cue the first of several ‘injuries’ after several spills by the Torkington keeper, which only appeared to be nothing more than a bruised ego. As one of their players put it - ‘Get up you “silly person”, it’s the same every “flipping” week’.
With Didsbury looking to snatch the equaliser it had the opposite effect and the result was condemned fairly late on with a long ball pelted forward catching an attacking Didsbury on the back foot. 3-1. Game over.
After an unbeaten stretch extending over 6 weeks it’s disappointing to lose a game we could have won. We move on though as the season draws to a close with 3 games to go including top of the table. Bring it on.
Words by Dave Gowrie
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