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Runcorn Linnets 0-4 Droylsden

A Liam Caddick hat trick in the first half saw Droylsden gain a season double over league leaders Runcorn Linnets

Caddick’s treble came in the opening thirty minutes, striking home from close range just four minutes from the start, just a minute after his first attempt had been cleared off the line before adding a second six minutes later, converting from Sefton Gonzales cross.
Caddick made it three on the half hour mark after Gonzales had headed down a Luke Daly free kick to fire home.
The home side battled back just before half time but some resolute defending from the Bloods stifled the threat.
Droylsden could have extended their lead in the second half, the feet of keeper Forth denying Caddick his fourth with the striker clean through on goal and the keeper excelled again from the corner, with a  point blank save from Sam Baird header.
The Bloods got their fourth five minutes from time, a precision strike from Domaine Rouse finding the top corner from the edge of the area
Men of the Match
Liam Caddick for his goals and Sefton Gonzales for his work rate
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Droylsden 2-3 Leek Town

Three goals in three second half minutes decided this game in quite appalling conditions at the Butchers Arms.

With the scores level at half time, Sefton Gonzales scored from the penalty spot to put Droylsden 2-1 ahead nine minutes into the second half but a minute later Leek were level when Sevenson broke on the right for Jordan Johnson to convert and then took the lead from the penalty spot through Tim Grice a minute later.

Grice had given Leek the lead early in the first half after Maguire had crossed and dominated much of the first half,only kept at bay by Chris Thompson in the Bloods goal, saving twice from Sevenson and once from Grice

Against the run of play Droylsden levelled just before half time, Liam Caddick drilling home from close range after Rigby had centred.

In driving wind and rain, Droylsden had chances to level in the second half, Dylan Smith should have done better when Rigby got to the byline only to poke his effort wide and Luke Daly saw his effort go inches wide of the near post minutes later.

But the Leek defence held out and with the Bloods pressing forward looked the more likely to score on the break as the second half continued.

Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby

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Droylsden 2-2 Trafford Trafford win 8-7 on penalties

An epic penalty shoot out was the only way to separate these two sides in the third round of the Integro League Cup.

Trafford’s keeper Daniel Whiting correctly guessed which way Dylan Smith’s penalty was going after fifteen out of seventeen penalties had been scored to book Trafford’s place in the next round.

The game had finished level after 90 minutes, Liam Caddick having twice put the Bloods ahead but goals by Matthew Bryan and substitute Aaron Burns sent the game to penalties.

Bloods took the lead ten minutes before half time, Caddick getting on the end of a cross from the right, after the visitors had dominated a great deal of the possession, and could have had a second minutes later, being put through but forced wide by Whiting and seeing his effort deflected wide for corner.

The visitors were level shortly after half time, Bryan allowed to run from the left and shooting home from just inside the box.

The Bloods were back in front five minutes later, Luke Daly allowed to run and shooting from outside the box, his shot coming back off the far post, Caddick smartly following up to score.

The striker could have easily claimed his hat trick shortly after, denied by Whiting when thru on goal, Michael Brewster skying his follow up high over the bar.

Brewster himself could have scored with a quarter of an hour left, put through by Daly, the boot of a defender saw the shot deflect for a corner.

It was the Droylsden skippers last action, injuring himself in the process.

Trafford levelled with thirteen minutes left, the dangerous Aaron Burns who had come on as substitute slotting his effort under Thompson after beating the Droylsden offside trap.

Trafford could have claimed the tie, Harry Winter’s free header from a corner sailing high over the bar before the game went to a shoot out.

Star man for the Bloods Sam Baird 

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Trafford 3-4 Droylsden

It’s never a dull moment being a Bloods fan, a point proved at Trafford FC’s Shawe Lane as Droylsden crossed the winning line in a seven goal thriller.

Two headers from Sefton Gonzales, a Liam Caddick strike and a Michael Brewster gave Dave Pace’s team three valuable points against a team that had not lost in ten games.

Droylsden fell behind after just three minutes when a Danny Wilkins shot from the edge of the area crept inside the post and could have been two behind a minute later, when Chris Palmer found himself unmarked in front of goal only to clear the crossbar with his attempt.

Droylsden were level after eight minutes, Gonzales heading a Steven Rigby corner into the net and despite the home team having much of the possession, the Bloods took the lead through Liam Caddick 

on the Quarter hour mark, Liam Caddick’s shot finding the back of the net after Rigby and Ollie Ford combined on the left to cross.

Both teams had chances to score, Aaron Burns seeing his header blocked at the far post for the home while Liam Caddick got on the end of a Rigby cross to head over.

Trafford came out of the blocks in the second half, both Burns and Nightingale causing problems but Droylsden began to counter, Gonzales having a glorious chance to increase the lead, but firing across the goal while a third yard Caddick strike was well saved by Carnell.

With ten minutes of the second half played, Gonzales managed to squeeze home his header from a tight angle after Caddick had crossed to make it 3-1 but Trafford were by far not finished,Ten minutes later Nightingale’s Free kick on the edge of the D evaded both the Droylsden wall and Thompson to pull a goal back.

The game was still evenly poised when a Trafford attack broke down and the Bloods move ended with Steven Rigby being fouled in the box for Michael Brewster to score from the spot with six minutes left.

Still though Trafford weren’t finished, three minutes later they were back in when Burns got behind Antoine Clarke to cross and Palmer was left with a simple tap in to make it 4-3 but Dave Pace’s team hung on for the points.

Star man for the Bloods Sefton Gonzales