Two goals in the last ten minutes from skipper Domaine Rouse saw the Bloods claim all three points in this Boxing Day Derby.
Rouse was at the far post to poke home Jack Kay’s cross with ten minutes left and was gifted a second eight minutes later when Trafford keeper Matthew Cooper let Rouse’s shot roll under his body.
It was a battling performance from Droylsden who were on the back foot for much of the game against a Trafford side pushing for the playoffs-
Keeper Chris Thompson was called into action several times in the first half, saving well early on from Darius Palma and from Salmon who got behind Adam Rooney playing as an emergency full back to force the keeper into a block at his near post.
In between, Colin Murray should really have done better from Kay’s cross after the striker broke down the right but with time on his hands his shot went wide of the far post.
The visitors dominated much of the possession for the rest of the half, Johnson’s free kick flying just wide of the post while the same player forced Thompson into a spectacular one handed save low down to his far post just before the break.
The second half evened out in the wet condition, neither side really dominating. Droylsden brought on Harry Canon Noren for his debut along with Jamie Frost and Noren had an ambitious attempt soon after coming on, breaking down the right hand side before skying his attempt.
It began to look like the odd goal would pinch the tie and Rouse obliged on eighty minutes after the hard working Kay’s cross found him at the far post.
Trafford weren’t finished though, a double save from Thompson preventing an equaliser before Rouse secured the points at the other end.
A goal almost from second half kick off from Connor Hughes was the difference between these two sides as the Bloods despite having the better possession failed to capitalise and fell to a second successive away defeat.
The first half saw few chances, Hakon Burton pulling off a fine save from Domaine Rouse after the Bloods captain had run from his own half way line was the best chance of the half.
At the other end Harris saw his shot go just wide of the far post, while Jamie Frost had two efforts easily saved in the Colne goal.
Dave Pace’s team though switched off as the second half commenced to let Hughes in, and while having much of the possession created little.
Jack Kay should have equalised on seventy one minutes, the striker having a free header at the back post which sailed over the bar.
Colne though finished the stronger, Thompson pulling off a fantastic save to deny Lynch and with the game going into injury time Harris saw his effort come back off the post
- The Bloods crashed to defeat against high flying Ramsbottom despite playing much of the game against ten men.
Iyrwah Gooden saw red for the home team after just thirteen minutes for a challenge on Tom Moore.
The home side were already in front though, Josh Hmami lobbing the advancing Thompson after the Bloods defence switched off and it could have been much worse for Dave Pace’s team, an unmarked Ritchie Baker heading wide from a corner and Thompson saving from close range from Gooden as the defence looked vainly for an offside flag.
At the other end Jack Kay had a glorious opportunity to level after Wilkins broke down the right but overran the ball allowing Stewart a touch.
Droylsden took control of the game after the sending off but created little, Webb Foster should have done better with a header at the far post from Rigby’s floated cross and the same player saw another effort hit the side netting
Deep into firs my half injury time, Rammy got a second, an Evangelinos free kick headed home by Hmami
A minute after the resumption, the home side put the game beyond doubt, Evangelinos tapping home after Thompson saved from former Blood Rubens Jerome.
The Bloods though had two glorious opportunities within a minute, Kay’s effort at the back post coming off the post and then Webb Foster’s shot clipping the bar.
Dave Pace made a triple substitution bringing in Smith, Murray and Clooney but as they pressed forward, Ramsbottom took advantage at the back, first sub Daniel Naidole chipping the advancing Thompson with a quarter of an hour to go before Karl Jones tapped in from a few yards out to end a disappointing trip for the Bloods
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The Bloods brought some sunshine on a rainy day to the Butchers Arms this afternoon and came away with the three points after a performance which must be up there as one of the best of the season,
Marske started the stronger and peppered the Droylsden goal in the opening encounters and for the first twenty minutes were on top,
Chris Thompson in the Droylsden goal made a couple of really good early saves but was helpless to do anything about the Marske goal which was an outstanding curling effort by the Marske no 4 Maloney on 15mins, Tommo was called upon again minutes later and saved smartly down low.
As the game progressed the Bloods fought their way back into it and on 27 minutes Domaine Rouse broke down the middle and set up new signing Jack Kay who opened up his body and finished early and decisively in the bottom corner. The first half finished on a flourish, the ball could have ended up in either net after great chances for both teams just before the break. The Bloods continued in the second half with some classy possession football and grew into the game, Droylsden took the lead on 66 minutes, Steve Rigby’s cross from a free kick caused all sorts of problems for the Marske defenders and as they try to clear their lines the ball loops up and behind only to fall to Kay for a tap in and his second of the day, there were chances at both ends to follow and the match was a credit to both sides who provided a great afternoons entertainment, the Bloods held firm in the later stages for a deserved win.
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