One shot on goal in ninety minutes summed up this lack lustre performance from Droylsden who capitulated in the second half to Prescot Cables for whom Matt Hamilton scores a hat trick
The Bloods fell behind after just nine minutes when debut keeper Nathan Wolland rolled the ball out to Tom Moore who clearance hit Matt Hamilton who easily converted, the player earlier having the first chance of the game which saw Wolland block at the near post.
The Bloods had a great chance to equalise soon after, Danny Wilkins corner finding Andy Langford at the back post whose shot was bundled away by the Cables defence.
The strong wind in the first half limited the play of both teams, Hamilton coming the closest seeing his free kick from the edge of the area just clearing the bar.
Kicking with the wind Cables took control of the second half, Wolland saving at close range from Myler, Hamilton’s follow up blazing over.
Minutes later Prescot doubled their lead from the penalty spot, Hamilton converting after Wolland brought down the striker on the edge of the area and seeing yellow
Hamilton got his third on seventy minutes with a superb free kick from twenty five yards finding the top corner of the net and Sean Myler made it four with a deflected shot from the edge of the area after the Droylsden defence failed to clear a free kick and finish a miserable afternoon for the Bloods with fifteen minutes remaining
We are saying goodbye today to goalkeeper Chris Thompson who is joining Clitheroe-
Everyone at the club wishes him all the success and a big thanks for his time at the Bloods
A big congratulations to Adam Rooney who has won December player of the month kindly sponsored by BowlandBrewery
A goal twelve minutes from time by James Steele was the difference between these two teams in what was a game of two halves
Droylsden had their chances in the first half. Jack Kay put through and forcing Scott into a save with his legs Harry Noren looked dangerous on the right turning inside the defence only to see his goal bound shot blocked.
At the other end Rhian Heelawell forced a save from Chris Thompson who also saved from Anointeo Chukwu after a mistake at the back.
The visitors took control in the second half Chukwu going close after another mistake at the back by Droylsden and the striker on loan from Salford City had a second chance slicing wide.
Chances were few and far between for the Bloods, Dom Smith doing all the hard work on the edge of the area before pulling his effort wide while Kay was put through on goal and seemed to found the keeper before going over for which the referee showed him a yellow card for diving.
But it was ex Blood Shaun Holden’s cross which set up the goal for Steele in sevenrt eight minutes which sealed the three points for the visitors and the striker went close to a second deep into injury time, his shot narrowly past the post.
A controversial goal by substitute Jamie Rainford saw Mossley take the points in the New Year Tameside Derby after a below par Bloods had got back into the game with a Jack Kay equaliser minutes earlier.
With Droylsden defenders appeal for offside, Rainford struck the ball past Thompson with twelve minutes remaining.
Jes Uchegbulam had put the home side in front on seventeen minutes after Tom Moore failed to deal with Fitzgerald’s through ball.
Earlier Moore had an early chance for the visitors, his header at the far post coming back off the woodwork.
Mossley though had the better of the first forty five minutes, Thompson called into action to save well from Brooke while the same player saw his header come back off the woodwork on the stroke of half time.
With half an hour left and having created little, Droylsden shuffled the pack bringing on Dom Smith, Harry Conon Noren and Shaquille Clarke and two of the three combined to set up Jack Kay to equalise on seventy two minutes.
The Bloods could have gone ahead shortly after,Clarke breaking down the right only to badly slice his attempt before Rainford’s strike put the home side back in front.
A game of few chances came alive in the last fifteen minutes as these two sides gained a point each in a hard fought draw.
Danny Wilkins put Droylsden ahead with thirteen minutes left on the clock, clinically finishing Domaine Rouse’s cross from the right.
But the visitors equalised with four minutes left on the clock, Jamie McDonald striking low in the bottom corner after John McGrath centred.
Both teams battled hard but chances were few and far between, Elliot Nevitt’s effort well saved by Thompson early on why Jack Kay was put through only to poke his effort wide.
Deep into second half injury time, Kay could have won it for Droylsden, Rouse’s cross to the far post somehow evading the striker.
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.