In the Division's match of the day, second placed Santos travelled to East Didsbury to take on fourth placed Bedians. There were debuts for David Spence and Aaron Orchard. After a succesful summer playing for Heyside Cricket Club we welcomed back Nick Campbell.
It was the hosts who started the game on top, testing the Santos defence. Eventually Santos managed to get their fair share of the ball, spraying it around, the passes neat and precise but had trouble finding the final pass in the final third. The defence on the other hand were working overtime, repelling everything Bedians could throw at them. It was against the run of play on the half hour mark when Santos took the lead. After a cross had been headed out, Sam Robinson sent a looping cross into the penalty area which was perfectly met by Jack Brocklehurst who placed his header wide of the goalie for his first Santos strike. This was the only goal of the half.
Bedians were fired up for the second half but still struggled to break down a resolute Santos defence. However disaster struck around the hour mark, when a couple of mistakes enabled Bedians to score twice within two minutes to take the lead. Santos didnt led their heads drop and equalised with ten minutes to go. A Ryan Kershaw corner was met by James Urens bullet header which struck the crossbar and came out to Jack Brocklehurst. His goalbound shot struck a defenders arm prompting the refereee to point to the spot. Captain for the day Jonny Harrison duly despatched the resulting kick. The hosts were not to be out done and managed to score two late goals to seal the win.
It was probably Bedians who shaded the game and deserved the victory, but on the other hand it was tough on Santos who all put in a shift and deserved at least a draw. We have no reason to be downhearted and look forward to the visit of Stoconians next week.