The Drum 3 - 4 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leonard, Musson (C), Rogers, Johnson, Jaffray, Mackie (Robins), Creasey, Stiff, Rushton (New), MacHugh, Corbett
Goals: Corbett (2), Creasey (2)
Assists: MacHugh, Johnson, Mackie, Creasey
Man of the Match: Creasey
Didsbury maintained their 100% start to the season with a third victory in succession. In truth they made hard work of the victory but 9 points from 9 tells its own story for the Division’s new boys.
Drum carry a strong aerial presence on but their opening goal was down to a lack of defensive concentration from a standard delivery and close range header (0-1). As in previous games, Didsbury were stung into action by the setback, a delightful one-two between Creasey and Corbett led to a great save from the Drum goalkeeper, and the resulting corner cannoned off the bar from the left foot of Kieran MacHugh. After sustained pressure the equaliser came after Neil Creasey threaded a precise through ball to release MacHugh who showed poise to unselfishly square for Mike Corbett to convert from close range (1-1).
On 40 minutes, Paul Johnson embarked on a marauding run from centre half, with Drum players unwilling or unable to dispossess him, and after two blocked attempts Neal Creasey registered his first of the game with a crisp finish (2-1).
Minutes later, tenacity from Mike Corbett lead to a shot which was saved, and Corbett himself tucked away the rebound only to be correctly adjudged offside.
Shortly after Neil Creasey provided the champagne moment of the game with a stunning 40-yard effort that whistled past an impressive Drum goalkeeper to make it 3-1. The strike drew applause and appreciation but there were more goals to come.
More lacklustre defending from Didsbury made it 3-2 when a routine delivery form a corner wasn’t attacked resulting in a free header. The team must improve their defensive concentration in future if they are to fulfil the promise that results are beginning to suggest they hold.
Didsbury appeared to have made the game safe when another Creasey through ball was clinically finished by Mike Corbett for his second and the game should have been made safe, but a glaring miss from Kieran MacHugh was closely followed by a third for Drum, but Didsbury had sufficient quality to see out the game and it ended 4-3.
10 goals in three games is a great return for the team, but a few defensive lapses have cost dear and as the season progresses, this is the sort of thing that must improve, but for now the positives have far outweighed any negatives and the team sit pretty at the top the 1st Division standings.
Words by Ollie Quaye