Droylsden were taught a Bank Holiday lesson by a strong and organised Mossley team
Two goals,from the penalty spot by Max Leonard and a first goal for his club by Dieter Downey saw the Lillywhites comprehensively defeat their local rivals.
Dave Pace’s team showed three changes from the FA Cup tie on Saturday with Michael Brewster injured, Domaine Rouse moved back into midfield with Ryan Jennings back up front, Kelvin Lugsden back in the centre of defence while his twin brother Kieran made his debut in midfield .
The Bloods started strongly with both full backs Dom Kerrigan and Shaun Holden looking dangerous down the flanks but the visitors took the lead against the run of play close to the half hour mark when Max Leonard got behind the Bloods defence to poke the ball past Thompson.
Two goals within six minutes at the start of the second half secured the game for the visitors, Dieter Downey converting from a cross just four minutes after the resumption and then Max Leonard was adjudged fouled in the area, converting the subsequent penalty on fifty five minutes.
Droylsden brought on Sam Madeley and Ian Bennett but failed to break past a resolute Mosley defence and it was the visitors who had chances to extend their lead, Chris Thompson forced into two excellent saves to deny Godwin Abadaki and Mike Fish.
A disappointing afternoon for the Bloods who travel to Market Drayton on Saturday hoping to turn around their form
FA Cup Preliminary Round
The two sides will meet again in 10 days time after an eight goal thriller at the Butchers Arms which saw the Bloods lead pegged back three times by a side one league below
In the first ever meeting of these teams Dave Pace’s line up saw a few changes from the team that drew at Leek midweek.
Dom Kerrigan coming in at right back for the injured Antoine Clark, Alex Frost starting for the first time this season in the centre of defence,Dylan Smith starting in midfielder with Domaine Rouse pushed up front
It was Rouse opened the scoring for after just seven minutes turning inside the full back to score past Fletcher in the Gate goal.
But the visitors were level six minutes later Gary Pett scoring a spectacular free kick from twenty five yards into the top corner of Chris Thompson’s net.
The Bloods were back in front a minute later Liam Caddick striking home at the far post after Dom Kerrigan’s cross hit the top of the crossbar.
The visitors levelled on the half hour mark,Seear heading home unmarked from a Peet cross but were back in front on the stroke of half time, substitute Callum Bagshaw who had come on for the injured Brewster, caught out the visitors defence after a quick throw in left the midfielder with only the goalkeeper to beat.
It was an end to end start in the second half, a brilliant save from Fletcher denied Gonzales what seemed a certain goal while a curling free kick from the edge of the area by Sumner was just wide of the Bloods post.
Droylsden made it four Sefton Gonzales converting a Kerrigan cross on fifty seven minutes.
But the visitors weren’t finished, a mix up at the back gave Ryan Charnley a easy chance to make it 4-3 with a quarter of an hour left and the game could still have gone either way.
Fletcher denied substitute Sam Madeley a goal from close range before the visitors equalised with six minutes left, Seear heading home unmarked from the six yard line from Andrew Richard’s pin point cross to send the tie to a replay on the 4th September
The draw for the First Round of the Integro League Cup has given the Bloods a trip to last year’s winners and fellow Evo Stik West team Atherton Colleries.
The team will be hoping for a repeat of the last time they played at the ground in December 2017 when they won 5-0 in the League.
The tie will be played on Monday 17th September with a 7.45 kick off.
The Bloods are back in FA Cup action this weekend when they take on Blackpool side Squires Gate in the FA Cup preliminary round at the Butchers Arms (Ko 3.00pm)
They will be hoping to get further in the competition than last year when they reached the second qualifying round before falling heavily at Lancaster City.
Their opponents , who play in the North west Counties Premier Division,have already got past one round having beaten West Didsbury and Chorlton in the competition’s extra qualifying round two weeks ago.
If the game goes to a reply it will take place in ten days time in the week commencing the 3rd September.
A six goal thriller at the Butcher’s Arms saw Droylsden get their season underway with three points against newly promoted Runcorn Linnets.
Seven players made their debut for the club in the starting line up but it was old faces Sefton Gonzales and Liam Caddick who put the Bloods ahead before half time in in a first half of few chances.
Gonzales scoring from close range after 20 mins and Liam Caddick doubling the lead ten minutes later latching onto a loose ball to hit a long range past Dylan Forth in the Linnets goal.
The visitors looked more dangerous after conceding the second, Chris Thompson in the Bloods goal forced into saving a Louis Corrigan free kick which was heading for the top corner but the Bloods had a great chance to make it three on the stroke of half time when Domaine Rouse burst into the penalty area but was unable to finish
The visitors came back hard in the second half, and pulled a goal back eight minutes into the half,Freddie Potter scoring from close range.
They controlled the game for a while, a corner only needing a touch as it flew across the Bloods six yard box and they had the ball in the net on sixty five minutes only for the linesman to rile Paul Shanley’s header offside.
But against the run of play a second brilliant individual goal from Sefton Gonzales with twenty minutes seemed to have sealed the game for the home team, Gonzales latching onto a long ball,shrugging off the defender and rounding the advancing goal keeper to put the ball into an empty net.
But the visitors weren’t finished, Thompson was forced into a great save to deny Kieran Holt before Potter claimed a second converting substitute Sherlock’s cross with ten minutes left.
Potter could easily have had a hat trick just a minute later, his header from a Corrigan free kick going inches wide before Droylsden sealed it at the other end, Gonzales beating two defenders and setting up substitute Sam Madeley to head home
Star man for the Bloods Sefton Gonzales
A final run out for the Bloods saw Dave Pace’s team come from behind to score two late goals to clinch victory against Evo Stik Premier opposition.
New signing Chris Thompson made his debut in goal for the Bloods and made several crucial saves early on.
The visitors took the lead in the second half from the penalty spot through James Foley but Droylsden were level just one minute later with Sefton Gonzales scoring from close range at the far post and took the lead three minutes later through Sam Madeley.
Manager Dave Pace has just one more pre season friendly coming up before the Bloods open their league campaign against new boys Runcorn Linnets and we briefly caught up with him on Saturday
Despite pre season defeats by Ashton United and Conwy Borough, Dave is seeing some optimistic signs especially in the centre of defence, certainly a problem area last year as Dave says, with four different pairings.
Up front there is, he admits still work to do, and he is the first to admit that the team are not creating a lot of chances and are lacking some firepower.
“By the start of the season, we will be right” says Dave
There is also some changes off the field, visitors will have noticed the ground is getting a bit of a much needed spruce up and the introduction of a new commercial role has, says Pacey, “given me a bit of a kick up the backside”
There is a real positivity around the club,he adds, saying there needs to be if we are gong to win that title.
“You don’t come into any season without the ambition of winning the title and that’s what I want to do but adding that he feels that the league will be harder than last season-”
Any clubs he has a particular eye on for challenging? “No” says Dave, “ I am only interested in getting the Bloods to win the league, if we get it right on and off the field, then we will succeed.”
Two first goals from Corrig McGonigle were the difference between the two sides in Dave Pace teams fourth pre season outing.
The first, an audacious shot from inside his own first half that caught Droylsden’s trialist keeper off his line,the second a penalty after the keeper was adjudged to have brought down Sean McCaffery.
Both teams played some good football in difficult dry and hot conditions with the Bloods having a lot of a ball without creating many chances while the home team will surely draw confidence from their display as they begin their league campaign next weekend.
The Bloods play their final friendly at the Butchers Arms next Saturday when they entertain Witton Albion