Stretford Victoria 3 - 1 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Rogers, Johnson, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Quaye, Stiff, Bishop, McDonald, Berté, Harrison, (Bermingham, Trecarichi)
Man of the Match: N/A
AFC Didsbury continued their woeful run of recent form after slumping to a 3-1 defeat to an impressive Stretford Victoria side.
The two sides met earlier in the season and largely cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw. This time around Stretford Victoria started the game very brightly and constantly caused problems for a besieged AFC Didsbury defence.
The hosts took a well-deserved lead on the twenty minute mark with a towering header from a corner which punished some poor Didsbury marking.
The goal seemed to spark some life into a lethargic Didsbury side and they began to mount some good pressure. Matthew Harrison, playing as a lone striker linked up well with the midfield on a several occasions but the away side was largely restricted to long range attempts.
Didsbury levelled the scores on the half hour mark when an Ollie Quaye corner was not dealt with and Colin McDonald was able to capitalise with a superbly improvised overhead kick.
Stretford Vics restored their advantage immediately prior to half time when Didsbury’s failure to clear their defensive lines was punished by some good
The home side was then able to easily contain a poor Didsbury side in the second half and on several occasions were unlucky not to extend their lead. With 10 minutes to go Stretford Vics killed the game off by breaking quickly from a Didsbury set piece and the centre forward was able to round the goalkeeper and finish smartly from a tight angle.
The game finished at 3-1 and gave the home side a well-deserved victory on the day.
Words by Ben Jaffray