Didsbury once again failed to overcome a quality, efficient and ruthless Moss Side
Didsbury started slowly but battled well for the first 30 minutes of the game with James Leighton, Didsbury’s number one, pulling off a couple of great saves and centre backs Jon Turner and John Battersby letting the Moss Side front two know it wasn’t going to be easy day at the office.
It looked like Moss Side where going to rue some of their early missed opportunities as Didsbury grew into the game – the midfield trio of Jonny Mackie (the ‘Bull Dozer’), Tom Whiteley (Didsbury’s own David Batty) and Neil Creasey (Christopher Dean) began to win more of the ball in the centre of the park with Matt Harrison and Colin McDonald on the flanks, causing the Moss Side full backs problems.
Albeit a slow start to the game for Didsbury, they sensed there could be the opportunity to go into the half time break 1 nil up or on an even footing with the MASFL champions. It wasn’t to be though as Moss Side broke quickly 10 minutes before the break and Turner produced a tackle that would happily fit into an axe advert to concede a penalty – on any other football field; a straight red would have been the outcome but the referee strangely decided to play the penalty before deciding Turner’s fate. Moss Side’s talented number 10 stepped up only for Leighton to parry out. Wayne Rogers was first to react with his typical lightning pace but failed to register the shouts of “TIME” and ended up clearing for a corner instead of a throw in. Before the corner was taken Turner was given a yellow…?! The resulting corner ended in a goal after some poor defending from Didsbury. Heads dropped slightly but application didn’t and Didsbury had their best spell of the game before the break – going close twice with Harrison producing a Les Ferdinand like header, which just went over the bar after some Giggs-esque dribbling and cross from McDonald on the left.
Didsbury went into the break one nil down but still felt that there was something in it. However, it wasn’t to be as Moss Side’s star player ‘Omar’ consistently skinned the Didsbury midfield and defence causing countless problems. The home side scored a second goal early on in the second half and Didsbury had no choice but to go 4-4-2 and push Harrison up alongside John Corcoran who worked tirelessly throughout the game to try and salvage a point. Unfortunately, this allowed Moss Side to continue breaking and Didsbury ended up conceding 3 goals, the last; Leighton will wish to forget!
Didsbury can take heart from the performance. The MASFL championship is by no means out of their grasp for future seasons; a bit more composure and quality in front of goal and who knows!