A big congratulations to midfielder Luke Daly who has won the November player of the month award sponsored by Bowland Breweries
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
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
The Bloods put their recent league disappointments behind them in this six goal thriller that booked a home tie against Trafford in the third round of the Integro League Cup.
Centre half Andy Hollins put Droylsden ahead,heading home from a Luke Daly corner after fourteen minutes but the home side levelled ten minutes later, Dominic Marie capitalising at the end of a move which started with the Bloods losing the ball in midfield.
Scores were level though for just two minutes, Ollie Ford finishing a move with a strike into Saunders’ bottom corner only for the Bloods to let North End back in just before half time,Pete Boyle allowed far too much room on the edge of the area to strike low past Thompson into the bottom corner.
The Bloods had the advantage of kicking with a strong wind in the second half and were back ahead five minutes in,Lewis Doyle striking home after the ball was squared just inside the box.
North End had a great chance to equalise with thirteen remaining in the clock, Adam Latham failing to control the ball with only Thompson to beat before Phil Marsh put the game beyond doubt.
Star man for the Bloods Andy Hollins
It was a familiar tale for Bloods fans who saw their team dominate possession in the first half against the league leaders only to fall behind with the home team’s first chance on goal.
Jordan Cover’s strike on goal after twenty one minutes against the run of play was followed by a superb strike from Tom Bentham midway through the second half who beat Thompson from just outside the edge of the area after Cover had flicked the ball forward.
Bloods gave a debut to full back Stephen Rigby and he was involved in two early chances, breaking into the box on the left before Liam Caddick’s shot was blocked by a defender.
On fifteen minutes this time down the right he had a great chance to put Droylsden in front, bursting into the box after a one two with Michael Brewster only to drag his attempt across the face of goal.
Cover’s goal dented the Bloods confidence and it was the home team who began to get back in the game, Thompson forced into a superb save to tip Cover’s effort over the bar for a corner after the Atherton striker had brilliantly turned inside Andy Hollins.
The second half started as more of a scrappy affair, Domaine Rouse booked for a foul on Peet and the Bloods were nearly punished from the free kick when Lafferty headed over unmarked from the edge of the six yard box.
Dave Pace changed the formation with half an hour to go bringing on Clive Smith and Phil Marsh but minutes later they fell behind to the spectacular Bentham strike and from that point on the league leaders dominated.
Hardcastle’s rebounded strike ended at the feet of former Blood Adam Farrell but the flag was raised for offside and deep into injury time, a mistake from Hollins let in the same man only for the attempt to come back off the far post.
Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby
The Bloods exited the Manchester Premier Cup on penalties to a side two divisions after failing to capitalise on earlier possession and being outplayed in the second half.
Colwyn Bay edged this tight game at the Butchers Arms thanks to two first half goals despite the home team dominating much of the possession.
The Bloods named an unchanged team after their midweek win.
In a first half of few chances, the game changed in five minutes at the end of the half
Blake Robinson put the visitors ahead on thirty eight minutes after James Barrigan held the ball up at the edge of the area and a minute before half time, Bay doubled their lead, Tom McCready given far too much room on the edge of the area to fire past Thompson.
Droylsden created few chances despite having much of the possession and were restricted to long range efforts easily dealt with by the Bay defence
The Bloods bossed the second half bringing on Michael Brewster and Phil Marsh for Clive Smith and Lewis Doyle but could easily have gone three behind when a mix up at the back gifted the ball to Pritchard who pulled his shot badly wide.
Ollie Ford went close, forcing a good save from Coughlin at his near post whilst a goal bound strike from Luke Daly was deflected for a corner.
The Bloods won a penalty on sixty seven minutes when Liam Caddick was felled in the area but Gonzales’ low powerful effort was saved by the legs of Coughlin.
Droylsden brought on Levi Philips for Ollie Ford in an effort to break through as the visitors kept everyone behind the ball looking to catch the home team on the break.
Both Gonzales and Caddick saw goal bound efforts blocked by Bay defenders as they continued to press.
They finally got a goal with four minutes left ,Gonzales heading home at the near post from a perfectly weighted Marsh free kick but with the clock ticking down,could not get the much needed equaliser
Star man for The Bloods Andy Hollins
Big Congratulations to Andy Hollins who has won October’s player of the month award sponsored by Bowland Brewery.