BATTERSBY HEROICS NOT ENOUGH TO STOP RUNAWAY LEADERS
With Didsbury's injury and unavailable list hitting obscene levels, it was left to a poor man's 2nd team to look to inflict the first defeat of the season on table topping High Lane FC.
This could have been the day that the names Claude Birtwistle, Ciaran Bermingham, Mark Hield and Ross Menghini stopped being the punchlines to hilarious jokes and started being the names associated with heroic victories.
Today was not that day.
1-0 down within 30 seconds meant it felt like Didsbury’s bare 11 were in for a hiding. If not for two point blank saves by Didsbury's stand in #1, it could have been over within 30 minutes. Instead, it was Didsbury who ended the half in the ascendancy with Menghini guilty of missing an open goal and a one-on-one. The backline were kicking lumps out of High Lane’s forwards and special praise to James Cook, who forced High Lane into substituting their best player at half time.
Sadly the lack of substitutes meant fitness was going to be crucial and with Whiteley injured for the 17th time this year, our midfield were left exposed to the counterattack. A disgraceful 10 minutes where three identical goals were shipped meant the game was up. At this point heads could have gone down and a cricket score was on the cards.
Credit to all the lads though as Didsbury fought back again and ended the game creating guilt edge chances for Menghini and Jack Adcock.
The result not reflective of the performance and Whiteley could be heard repeating his favourite mantra “Next year fellas, next year is gonna be…”
Words by John Battersby
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