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Tribute to Kevin Randall

Those of you who known our own Nigel Randall will, I am sure wish to pass on their condolences after the death of his brother Kevin at the age of 73 yesterday.

Kevin has been involved in the world of football for more than fifty years and we understand began his career at Droylsden after two trials at Manchester United had come to nothing back in the early 1960’s before joining Bury and then Chesterfield where he was to make over 250 appearances.

His playing career stretched to 1980, playing for Notts County, Mansfield and York City before he moved into management,most famously being John Duncan’s assistant when the club reached the semi final of the FA Cup in 1997.

His later year have been spent scouting, most notably for clubs managed by his old friend Neil Warnock.

 

 

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Skelmersdale 1-2 Droylsden

A superb strike into the top corner by Domaine Rouse ten minutes from time saw Droylsden take all three points on a frustrating afternoon at Voltair Park.

With the clock ticking down as the Bloods, despite much possession, had failed to break down a stubborn Skelmersdale defence,Rouse collected the ball outside the box, turned and hit the ball into the top corner.

The home team took an early lead in nineteen minutes,Mukendi, rising high from a corner to nod home.

Droylsden had already squandered two chances before that, Gonzales heading wide unmakes from six yards and Kirkman making a fine stop from Caddick.

Mukendi had a chance to make it two, hitting the side netting brim inside the six yard box but Caddick made up for his Eskisehir miss by striking home with six minutes of the first half left and could have scored again after a great run in the box only to drag his shot ride.

The second half proved a frustrating one for Droylsden, having much of the possession but creating little in the final third.

Kirkman again denied Caddick with a good save, Ollie Ford, on for Gonzales, saw his follow up shot blocked while Aaron Burgess saw his effort fly across the face of goal from inside the eighteen years box.

Rouse’s strike looked like it might open up the floodgates but Kirkman twice denied the Bloods, saving from both Caddick and Golden.

Star man for the Bloods Liam Caddick

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Droylsden 2-3 Ramsbottom

An injury time winner from Nic Evangelinos saw ten man Ramsbottom take the points at the Butchers Arms.

Substitute Jason Carey broke down the right wing with seconds remaining, his low cross finding Evangelinos who struck home to keep the Rams promotion hopes very much alive.

The Bloods had so nearly win it themselves a minute earlier when Liam Caddick found himself through in goal only for defender Tom Schofield blocking the striker with the goal at his mercy and shooting wide.

The visitors took an early lead,just three minutes into the game, a long ball catching the Blood’s defence out and Jamie Rainford slotting home.

The visitors found themselves down to ten men when skipper and former Blood, Kelvin Lugsden shown red for pulling down Ollie Ford with the striker through on goal, Steve Rigby’s resultant free kick was well saved by Ashton.

Droylsden equalised soon after, Ollie Ford’s well taken goal finding the bottom corner after a great run from Caddick found the striker.

The Bloods were forced to reorganise at half time, an injury to Sam Baird seeing skipper Brewster forced into the back four with Aaron Burgess making his debut.

The visitors kept pressing, Thompson forced to save after Rainford broke thru and it was Rainford who struck with half an hour left,heading home a Kennedy cross as the Blood’s defence switched off.

Droylsden drew level with a quarter of an hour left, Burgess crossing to find Gonzales who got just enough on the ball to see it trickle over the line.

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Supporters trip to Colne on the 13th April

We will be running a small minibus to our away fixture at Colne on the 13th April.

The bus will leave the Butchers Arms at 11.00am to arrive in Colne around an hour later where there will be plenty of time for eating, drinking or even shopping before the Ko.

The bus will return around 5.30

The price will depend on numbers but should be around the £17 per person mark.

if you want to come along, drop an email to Nigelbarlow@aboutmanchester.co.uk

There are thirty places and it will be first come, first served

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Widnes 1-1 Droylsden

A second penalty save in less than a week from Chris Thompson and a last minute goal line clearance from Sam Baird won the Bloods their third successive score draw as they visited Widnes’ Halton stadium.

The home side started strongly, Thompson forced into an early save from Lomax and they took the lead on seventeen minutes, the outstanding Sinclair-Smith who was to cause Droylsden problems all night, getting past Rouse and calming slotting the ball into the far corner.

Droylsden created few chances in the first half and could have fallen further behind in the stroke of half time after conceding a penalty.

Thompson though guessed correctly diverting Hodkinson’s effort onto the bar, and somehow the Bloods kept the rebound out with the ball scrambled off the line.

Jack Pirie came on for Ismael Camara after the interval and a reshuffled team began to look more dangerous.

Michael Brewster’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender while a Liam Caddick effort went inches wide.

The equaliser came on fifty five minutes, Faustin Makela’s cross finding Sefton Gonzales and the striker finding the bottom corner of the net for his third goal in two days.

Droylsden though soon found themselves pegged back. Thompson called twice into action, saving well from Brazel and then parrying Sinclair-Smith’s effort away while Sam Baird, who had defended well through got his body in the way of a goal bound strike from Hodkinson.

Still the home team pressed for a winner, Brazel should really have done better and Holden had broken down the left while a quick corner nearly caught the Bloods defence out, Sinclair-Smith’s effort flying across the face of goal.

The game really opened out in the last ten, both teams pressing but neither could find a winner. Deep into injury time Widnes will feel they should have won it only for Sam Baird to head the ball off the line but the Bloods held on for the point.

Star man for the Bloods Sam Baird

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Kidsgrove 3-3 Droylsden

There is never a dull moment watching Droylsden, the old adage says and the visit to Kidsgrove proved the theory.

Three goals down after fifty five minutes and thankful for keeper Chris Thompson for not being even further behind, an inspired last thirty minutes saw two goals from Sefton Gonzales and an injury time equaliser from Dom Smith saw the points shared.

It was a quiet start to the game, the home team creating the early chances, Domaine Rouse forced into clearing off the line from Kyle Diskin while Kyle Blake’s effort from the edge of the area went narrowly over the cross bar.

But the home team suddenly began to dominate in the last fifteen minutes of the first half.Anthony Malbon putting them in front after the Bloods had lost the ball on the halfway line and breaking down the right before the striker skilfully kept his cool to find the back of the net.

A minute later he could have had a second,bustling into the area only to see his effort fly across the face of goal.

A minute later Kidsgrove had a second, Thompson saving well from Diskin before the ball fell to Malbon for his second and he nearly had a third just before half time, Thompson to the rescue smothering the ball after the striker was put through.

Manager Dave Pace made two changes at half time, Reece Webb Foster and Dom Smith coming on for Faustin Makela and Ismael Camara and started to throw men forward to get back into the game but continued to look vulnerable at the back.

Keeper Thompson was called into action with a superb double save at close range from Malbon before Diskin put the third effort wide.

On fifty seven minutes Malbon got his hat trick, superbly finding the top corner from the right hand edge of the area.

Droylsden looked dead and buried but the third goal seemed to rejuvenate them,Sefton Gonzales pocking the ball home from the edge of the six yard area with twenty five minutes remaining.

Three minutes later Michael Brewster’ goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by the fingertips of Harrison.

The Bloods were back in the game soon after,Brewster getting to the byline to cross for Gonzales to nod home for his second.

As the clock ran down both teams had chances, Grove substitute Valido Barai with the best shooting straight at Thompson after breaking down the left.

A minute into injury time, Droylsden levered, Brewster again getting to the byline and crossing for Gonzales to head down,Dom Smith getting the final touch as it hit the back of the net.

In the dying seconds the Bloods nearly won it as Gonzales took the ball around Harrison only for the defender to clear.

Star man Chris Thompson

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Droylsden 1-1 Glossop North End

Bloods keeper Chris Thompson was the star player as local rivals Droylsden and Glossop fought out a draw at the Butchers Arms.

Thompson saved a penalty from North End skipper Jack Tuohy correctly guessing and diving into the right hand corner just before the half hour mark as the visitors dominated.

Glossop would have been wondering how they failed to score in the first forty five minutes, earlier Thompson was forced to save low at his new post from a Tuohy free kick while Dom Marie saw his effort from a corner come back off the post,O’Leary then with the goal st his mercy shot over the crossbar.

Adam Latham was guilty of another miss just before half time, shooting wide after being set up by Marie.

Bloods had little to show from the first half but against the run of play took the lead midway through the second half.A counter attack by Ryan Hopper whose cross found the head of Sefton Gonzales for his nineteenth goal of the season.

A minute later, Thompson was once more called into action,this time saving at close range from Hill while former Blood Samassa header over unmarked at the far post from a corner.

The visitors deservedly equalised with twelve minutes left on the clock, substitute Etches heading home from close range giving the keeper no chance.

Both teams had chances to win it in the final minutes, Holmes in the North End goal saving well from substitute Makela while Boyle with the goal seemingly at his mercy, failed to keep his shot down with just a minute of normal time remaining.

Star man for the Bloods Chris Thompson

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Radcliffe 2-1 Droylsden

A disappointing afternoon for the Bloods at promotion contenders Ratcliffe with goals from Kingsley Williams and a Ben Wharton penalty the difference between the two teams on a windy afternoon.

Droylsden were forced into changes with Ryan Hopper filling in at full back with Antione Clarke injured, Michael Brewster returning into midfield while Dom Smith started up front in place of Liam Caddick.

Droylsden started the game well, Domaine Rouse’s run into the area forcing Martin into a save low down while Webb Foster held the ball up well for the same player who shot over minutes later.

The home team took the lead on twenty minutes, Kingsley Williams’ hitting the back of the net with a screamer of a shot from the edge of the area.

The home team proceeded to lay siege to the Bloods goal, Williams’s cross from the right flying across the goal only inches away from the boot of Owolabi and Scott Metcalfe’s effort fell just wide of Thompson’s post.

The Bloods started the second half well, Dom Smith bursting into the area before being stifled by the Radcliffe defence, Michael Brewster then saw his effort deflected behind for a corner.

However Droylsden fell further behind on fifty seven minutes, Ben Wharton converting from the spot after Ismael Camara had fouled.

Bloods brought on Ollie Ford and Faustin Makela for Dom Smith and Webb Foster but it was the home team that looked the more likely to increase their lead, Craig Lindfield going close with twenty minutes left on the clock.

Bloods got a consolation goal deep in injury time, a terrific strike from Domaine Rouse giving Martin no chance but it was too little too late.

Star man for the Bloods Sam Baird