Sierra Stars 2 - 3 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Westhall, Rushton, Johnson, Bishop (C), Jaffray, Stiff (Mackie), Creasey, Harrison, MacHugh (Berté), Corbett, Quaye (New).
Goals: Corbett, Bishop, Harrison
Assists: MacHugh, Creasey, Quaye
Man of the Match: Corbett
Sierra Stars eclipsed by below par Didsbury
Didsbury responded to their first dropped points of the season with a hard fought but faltering display against a talented Sierra stars side.
Sierra boast an abudandance of speed that put Didsbury on the back foot at times but without troubling stand-in goalkeeper William Westhall. However, there was one heart in mouth moment when Ben Jaffray did well to clear a corner off the line.
The opener came from good Didsbury pressure, Kieran MacHugh pouncing on a short clearance and playing in Mike Corbett, who showed icy cool composure to lift the ball over the advancing keeper.
Still unable to get a foothold in the game, Didsbury’s lead didn't last long as Sierra equalised from close range. Didsbury failed to improve after the restart but a well delivered corner from Neil Creasey was headed in at the far post by Chris Bishop to put Didsbury back in the lead. The pace of the Sierra forwards however, brought them level once again as they sprung the offside trap.
The Didsbury winner came from more pressure on the Sierra defence, when Quaye blocked a clearance on halfway, sprinted to the by line and clipped the ball into Matt Harrison who had made up significant yards to thunder home a header.
Didsbury put in a good defensive shift to hold on, Westhall making one impressive stop to preserve the lead. In the end the final whistle brought relief and three more points vital points.
Words by Ollie Quaye