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Droylsden 2-1 Widnes

Droylsden claimed a place in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy winning a tight extra preliminary game against fellow Evo Stik West League side Widnes.

The Bloods three new signings Sam Baird,Andy Hollins and Sean Miller all started,Phil Marsh also making his first start in midfield.

The visitors had an early chance,Rob Doran forcing Chris Thompson into an early save while at the other end Clive Smith blazed a shot over the bar from inside the penalty area.

Shaun Holden pulled up injured shortly after, Liam Caddick replacing him at full back before the visitors took the lead after 23 minutes,George Lomax converting from short range after being set up by Chris Lomax.

Droylsden were level five minutes later,Brandy shoved in the box by Akrigg and captain Michael Brewster converting from the penalty spot.

They were forced into a Second change soon after,Jovan Vidal replaced by Lewis Doyle .

Both sides created chances as the first half drew to a close, the visitors coming closest into injury time when Sean Myler hit the outside of the post.

Fabian Brandy was replaced at half time by Ollie Ford.Both teams had chances to go in front,Akrigg forcing Chris Thompson to parry his header onto the bar from close range while Ollie Ford forced a good save from Mottram at the other end after breaking down the right.

The Bloods settled the tie soon after, Sefton Gonzales beating the Widnes offside trap, and setting up Phil Marsh to tap home from six yards with fifteen minutes left and the Bloods finished the stronger team, looking the more likely to get a third.

Droylsden will now play Tadcaster at home in the Preliminary Round on the 13th Oct

Star man Michael Brewster for Droylsden

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New signing No 3

A warm welcome to our latest recruit: central defender Sam Baird has joined us for an initial two months on from our neighbours FC United
Sam featured regularly in the starting 11 at the start of the season and has played in 35 games in total. Sam is available for selection on Saturday.

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New signing No 1 Andy Hollins

We are please to announce that Andy Hollins will be joining us on loan from our good friends @southport_fc.

Hollins, from Liverpool, has spent time at Liverpool and Everton and has had brief loan spells at Colne and Marine. The 19 year-old central defender trained with the squad last night and joins fellow Southport loanee Lewis Doyle (pictured left).
Welcome to Droylsden Andy

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Glossop NE 1-1 Droylsden

The points were shared in this hard fought local derby with both sides ending the game with ten men at Surrey Street.

Droylsden had taken a lead from a free kick by new signing Febian Brandy before the interval but the lead was cancelled out with twenty minutes left with Darren McKnight’s strike from just outside the area finding the bottom corner of Chris Thompson’s net.

Chances were few and far between early in the first half, Thompson was called into action early turning a header from Ollie Thornley from a long throw round the post while a great block from centre half Dylan Smith got in the way of a Jordan Bove shot which seemed destined for the back of the net.

Chris Thompson was called into action again on the half hour mark when another long throw landed at the feet of Jason Hill but it was the Bloods who took the lead shortly after.

Febian Brandy,fouled on the edge of the area by Matty Russell and the striker curling a superb free kick into the top corner of Russ Saunders’ net.

The Bloods were forced into a change on the stroke of half time,Shaun Holden pulling up with what appeared a hamstring and replaced by Ben Barber.

It was Barber who came close to getting a second for the Bloods after the resumption ,his shot from outside the area whistling past the far post while Brandy from a tight angle saw his effort go across the face of goal.

As the game opened out,Liam Caddick saw his effort hit the outside of the post.

But the game changed with twenty minutes left,another long throw was only half cleared by the Bloods,with the ball falling at the feet of Darren McKnight who’s shot through a crowd of players ended in the bottom corner of the net.

Two sendings off in the space of eight minutes,North End skipper Matty Russell and Droylsden midfielder Luke Daly both for second bookable offences while in between Chris Thompson saved at the feet of Darrhyl Mason as the striker burst through the centre.

Droylsden could have taken the lead with five minutes left,substitute Ollie Ford put through only to shoot straight at Saunders while claims for a clear penalty were waved away by the referee after Brandy was upended in the box

But the home side looked the more certain to take the three points as the Bloods defence seemed to lose shape as the game ended and only a brilliant save from Thompson into injury time denied Mason the winning goal.

Star player for the Bloods Dylan Smith

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Atherton Colleries 1-2 Droylsden

The Bloods claimed only their second win of the season and in the process knocked the holders Atherton Colleries out of the Integro League Cup in a battling performance after falling behind after just one minute.

Goals from Luke Daly and Lewis Doyle against his former club cancelled out Jordan Cover’s early strike after Droylsden had lost the ball in midfield, James Sigsworth’s attempt to find the back of the net ending up being dragged across the area to fall at the feet of Cover whose shot gave Livesey,making his Bloods debut no chance.

Dave Pace’s team though should have levelled minutes later,a mix up at the back leaving Olly Ford with only the keeper to beat dragging his shot wide.

Atherton looked the stronger team,the dangerous Cover forcing Livesey into another save on the half hour mark while the home team thought that they had a penalty soon after when Livesey brought down Hardcastle only for the linesman to be flagging for offside.

With four minutes of the half remaining Droylsden were level,Sefton Gonzales picking up the ball on the half way line and playing it through to Luke Daly.

The midfielder still had plenty to do but calmly slotted the ball past Latham.

Hardcastle had a great chance to restore the home team’s lead just after the resumption,a Dylan Smith mistake letting him in but he sliced his attempt horribly wide of the far post.

Atherton kept pressing, Sigsworth forcing another save from Livesey as he got to the byline and the keeper was called in again pushing a scorching shot from Hardcastle behind for a corner with half an hour to play.

With ten minutes left,Droylsden struck,Luke Daly playing the ball through on the right to find substitute Lewis Doyle who calmly struck the ball into the far corner and claim a place in the next round.

Star man for the Bloods Ryan Livesey

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Droylsden 2-4 Chasetown

Chasetown registered their first win of the season against a poor Droylsden team at the Butchers Arms

The Bloods made one change from the team that drew against Colne,Lewis Doyle coming in for the injured Callum Bagshaw.

The visitors took the lead after just three minutes when Daniel Cocks was allowed to get to the byline and his cross was chested home by George Carter.

Chasetown looked the more dangerous in the opening fifteen minutes,going close when a free kick found Beaumont’s head going just wide of the post

Droylsden levelled after 23 through Sefton Gonzales,the striker starting and finishing the move,turning in the box and shooting low past Pond.

Bur Chasetown continued to press,with the Bloods defence appealing for offside,Lovatt broke on the right finding Carter whose shot cannoned off the post and they went ahead just before half time,Jacob Lovatt heading home James O’Neill’s long throw in the six yard box.

Droylsden came out after the break,Domaine Rouse shooting just wide from outside the area while a terrific strike from Sefton Gonzales struck the cross bar.

But their hopes were dashed after Jack Langston made it three from the penalty spot after Cocks had been brought down.

The visitors could have had a fourth soon after Beaumont unmarked in the box heading over from a Langton cross and only the legs of Chris Thompson prevented Carter getting a second after he was put through

Substitute Brandon Zibaka gave the home side a chance of getting back into the match firing home a Luke Daly cross with just under ten minutes left but the visitors secured all three points in the last minute of added time,William Whielden breaking from inside his own half to slot past Chris Thompson.

Star man Daniel Cocks for the visitors