10 Dec 2017 in Match Reports
Bedians 6-3 AFC Oldham
An Ollie Carey wasn’t enough to prevent another defeat for AFC Oldham, in a game they will feel they should have won.
While many fixtures fell victim to the weather, the snow had yet to reach Didsbury and the conditions were almost perfect.
Only the bitterly cold winds gave an indication of the time of the year, Oldham would not have been blamed if they made a slow start, but they were dominant with Sean Salford and Carey linking up perfectly.
Manager Ross Elliot would have been pleased with the first goal, a Carey header from a Ben Tuohy free-kick into the box placed perfectly into the bottom corner of the goal.
The goal came at the perfect time, and the visitors could be forgiven for thinking that they would build on that to claim their first win since October.
Hopes faded when an incisive Bedians breakaway down the left saw the ball squared to an unmarked striker in the box who tugged home, back level AFC responded well.
This time good attacking play led to Carey breaking free in the box, a lovely finish saw him take his second.
There was just enough time for Bedians to equalise again, though, an amazing goal from the home side’s striker as he took the ball down his chest before hitting it on the half volley on the turn.
Going into break at 2-2 the game was still very much there for the taking, AFC had been good on the ball and had looked strong when they had strung passes to together.
If the first had been a tale of Oldham letting leads slip the second was about their capitulation as confidence was rung from the team again, another outstanding strike from the Bedians striker as hit a bending shot into the top corner made it 3-2.
Carey and Oldham responded well, however, with another smart finish after some intelligent build play levelled the scores again.
Bedians then pulled away scoring a fourth, before a change to the backline as AFC went for an equaliser saw a fifth and a sixth for the home side without reply.
Another defeat for the visitors in the last league fixture before the Christmas will be a bitter pill to swallow that is for, but with a cup game coming up next weekend there will be hope there will be something to build on.
Matt Hart (c)