As half of the match day squad walked towards the pitch in a scene not out of place in Dawn of the Dead, the previous day's session in the pub seemed like a bad idea.
Despite this, Didsbury started the game brightly and were rarely troubled by an opposition who'd managed to anger the referee pre-match by locking him in the changing room, things were looking on the up.
Forming a defensive wall Donald Trump would have been proud of, the 2's limited Offerton Park Reserves to very few chances in the first half, but unfortunately could not make their superior possession count and only managed to register a couple of shots on target.
Then, a cross into the box was met by Sham Rohman, directed goalwards and landed in the empty net... 1-0 to the away team!!! No?? Ruled out for offside despite the hosts having at least one man on the line, one of at least 20 baffling decisions from the referee that day regarding the offside rule, still raging and maybe a tad confused having been detained in the changing room pre-game.
The rest of the half was stop start with the referee taking centre stage, and the half time whistle blew, 0-0.
A change of formation to pack the midfield was the decision of 2's manager and the second half kicked off, with the intention of testing the opposition 'keeper more than Didsbury had managed in the first 45.
It worked, a few long rangers, one following a mazy run from inside his own half by James Plowright did test the opposition number 1, but it remained goalless.
Defender, Dave Reynolds, the most hungover of the Didsbury XI did rise highest from a corner to almost give the visitors something to celebrate, but it was cleared on the line.
Then, disaster. A blatant dive on the edge of the Didsbury area (an admission from the opposition striker followed) resulted in a free kick that was hammered home by Offerton Park defender, despite 'keeper Thom Bannister getting a hand to it.
Regroup and we go again was the cry.
Fast forward 60 seconds.
Disaster struck again. Close control from the oppositions Eden Hazard wannabe took him around 3, 4, 5 players, and poked it into the Didsbury net, 2-0.
Full time whistle, 2-0. Harsh on Didsbury who started well but just couldn't get the first goal their dominance deserved.
Words by James Cook
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