Halton Juniors 2 - 1 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson (Bermingham), Rogers (Wallace), Johnson, Jaffray, Mackie, Stiff (McDonald), Bishop (C), Quaye (MacHugh), Harrison, Corbett.
Man of the Match: Jaffray
Didsbury progress halted by Juniors
2013 started with a whimper as AFC Didsbury slumped to defeat after a limp display that won’t live long in the memory.
A first half of little footballing ability from either side ended goalless with few highlights, with Didsbury unable to test the Halton goalkeeper.
Half time brought a change in personnel and formation, and soon after the restart this brought dividends when half-time sub MacHugh picked up the ball on the edge of the area, shifted onto his right and beat the Halton keeper after a slight deflection. The goal failed to stoke Didsbury into a better performance however, and slack defending led to Adam Musson giving away a penalty which was despatched with venom despite keeper Leightons best efforts. Leighton was in the wars soon after as the Halton forward bared his studs dangerously but the referee took no action. Eventually, one of the careless set pieces given away led to Haltons winner when a ball to the far post found a Halton forward unmarked.
A shocked and dejected Didsbury must make sure they can put this abject performance behind them and return to their pre-christmas form.
Words by Ollie Quaye