West Didsbury & Chorlton 0 - 5 Congleton FC
13th October 2018
"A triumph for non-league"
On Saturday we took ourselves to the 9th tier of English football, the North West Counties League, Premier Division, and West Didsbury and Chorlton. Only a short bus ride from Fallowfield it is an ideal non-league club for students to pay a visit to. With £3 entry, £2.50 pies, and £3 pints, there is nothing not to like. It was the 7th annual non-league day, held during an autumn international break each year, and we were joined by 344 others on the banks of the Recreation Ground.
It was not to be Didsbury's day however, as they played a side they'd lost 4-1 to in the away fixture four weeks previous. A strike from outside the box that really should have been saved, followed by a simple header meant the visitors went into the break two to the good, and they came back out with no sign of letting up. The more important half time activity however was @dan_frankland and myself settling down in the heated club house for a pint. I think I'm right in saying the first @ontheloan visit to a indoor half time facility, and it's one of the main reasons we will be returning. Congleton convincingly outplayed their opponents in the second half, and the 93rd minute 5th goal summed up the game, with young defender Brew-Butler easily shrugged off the ball by last season's top scorer Dec Fletcher rolling the ball past Didsbury's crestfallen keeper.
Perhaps our favourite moment of the day was the PA system letting us know that there would be an additional period of 4 minutes added on "that we'll never get back". Given we were actually pretty impressed with the standard of football, got 5 goals and a great day out, West Didsbury and Chorlton get a phenomenal 9.5/10 from the team.
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