AFC Didsbury weathered a second half storm at Nello James to grab a goal against the run of play and secure their third win of the season.
The game started in a cagey fashion, with both teams aware of their opponent’s abilities, from the previous seasons' bouts. It was Nello James who were starting to ask questions as the half drew on, utilising their pacey wide men to good effect. Didsbury's keeper, James Leighton, was in imperious form all afternoon however, pulling off numerous saves as his goal was peppered.
Didsbury dropped their 4-3-3 formation in the second half in an attempt to retain possession in the final third, as they struggled to keep the ball out their half.
As the game wore on it became more stretched, and this worked to Nello James' advantage as they counter-attacked a number of times and created several chances. The fact that no Nello goal was forthcoming was as much a testament to the Leighton’s safe hands as it was to some sloppy finishing from the home side's forwards.
Then ten minutes from the end, Ben Jaffray lofted a free-kick lofted into the box, which was then flicked on by Didsbury striker, Matt Harrison. The ball skidded and ricocheted out of the Nello keeper's hands, and Didsbury winger, Rick Peat, was first to react, tucking the ball home for a real smash-and-grab goal for the visitors.
Didsbury did enough in an edgy close to the game, with Nello James kicking themselves at the final whistle.