North Yorkshire date for the Bloods

Droylsden will travel to Pickering in the FA Trophy first round if they overcome Tadcaster tomorrow night in the FA Preliminary Round.

Pickering, known as the Pikes, play in the Evo Stik East Division, after being promoted last season, and claimed their place with a 3-0 win over Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

The tie will be played on the 27th October



Droylsden 1-1 Tadcaster (FAT)

These two sides will meet again on Tuesday night after they couldn’t be separated in the blustery conditions at the Butcher’s Arms.

Brandon Zibaka’s goal five minutes from time cancelling out Casey Stewart’s goal for the visitors.

Tadcaster had the better of the first half, Casey Stewart must have thought he had scored just after the half hour mark,finding himself one on one with the keeper Thompson only to see his shot come back off the post while Lamin Colley through on the left saw his attempt saved by the keeper at the near post.

Droylsden created little,their best chance falling to Domaine Rouse whose header at the far post from a Febian Brandy Cross went wide.

Kicking with the wind in the second half,Tadcaster’s long ball game starting causing problems for the home defence but their best chance game from a Droylsden mistake as Rouse failed to clear only for Davidson to slice his shot horribly wide.

Tadcaster took the lead with just over twenty minutes left,Colley’s shot well saved by Thompson but the ball ricocheted into the path of Stewart at the far post who slotted home with the Droylsden defenders appealing for offside.

Manager Dave Pace brought on two new forwards,Phil Marsh and Brandon Zibaka and the tactic paid off with five minutes left,Sefton Gonzales chesting down a cross to set up the striker who fired home from the edge of the six yard box to set up the replay.

Star player Casey Stewart for Tadcaster


West Didsbury 2-3 Droylsden

The Bloods progressed to the next round of the Manchester Cup despite being pushed all the way by an organised West Didsbury and Chorlton side.

Two goals from Phil Marsh and a brilliant individual goal from Brandon Zibaka looked to have secured the game but the home side pressed in the last twenty minutes and substitute Anthony Potts’ goal in the dying minutes kept the away fans on tenterhooks until the final whistle.

West Didsbury looked the better team early on and were unlucky not to go in front when a Woods shot came back off the post.

Ollie Ford’s shot was saved by the feet of Burgess in Droylsden’s best move of the match after twenty four minutes but two minutes later the home side were ahead,Saul Henderson stabbing the ball home from close range from Tsegaye’s cross

The Bloods were level on the half hour mark, Faustin Makela crossing for Phil Marsh to glance home a header in the bottom corner.

West Didsbury could have gone into the interval ahead, Matty Kay’s shot being scrambled off the line by Clive Smith.

Two early goals in the second half appeared to have settled the game,Phil Marsh volleying into the bottom corner after the home defence had failed to clear just after the resumption.

Wood once again rattled the Bloods post but immediately the ball went up the other end and substitute Brandon Zibaka beat two defenders to fire home and make it 3-1 with thirty five minutes still left.

Only the feet of Burgess prevented Lewis Doyle making it four but slowly West Didsbury edged back into the match, a volley from Woods was well saved at his near post by Thompson and only a goal mouth scramble and a last ditch block from Dylan Smith prevented a second before Henderson saw his shot deflected into the post for a corner.

On the stroke of ninety minutes,West got their deserved goal,Potts striking home from close range and with the last kick of the match,Mason’s shot flew over the bar

Star man for the Bloods Dylan Smith


It’s a beautiful game, but how you see it is all in the mind…

Scientists have scanned the brains of die-hard football fans to find out why supporters of rival teams often have very different views on the same match.

When England played Colombia in the 2018 World Cup, many England fans complained about a high number of fouls from the Colombian side.

Simultaneously, in South America, a petition demanding a rematch because of the referee’s unfair bias against the Colombian team rapidly gained hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The two conflicting perceptions of the same match left many people wondering; did Colombia and England supporters see the same game?

Now, academics from the University of York have used MRI scanning to try and find out how people can have such different takes on football.

As part of the research they mapped and compared the brain activity of Manchester United and Chelsea supporters while they watched their beloved sides in action against one another.

The findings suggest that fans of rival teams do see the same match in a visual sense. That is, the regions of the brain that are directly involved in seeing showed similar activity in both sets of supporters.

However, the results of the study showed clear differences between the groups in the activity of higher regions of the brain involved in cognition, indicating that the same sensory information was interpreted and evaluated differently.

Professor Tim Andrews from the Department of Psychology at the University of York, said: “When we compared the brain activity of supporters of the same team and supporters of opposing teams, we found that activity in the sensory regions of the brain were aligned in all participants – or in other words, they all saw and heard the same game.

“But, in the frontal and subcortical regions of the brain – including areas known to be active in reward, self-identity and control of movement – there was a correlation between supporters of the same team, but significant differences between the groups. This is what allows fans of rival teams to develop a different understanding of the same game.”

For the study, the researchers recruited keen supporters of Chelsea and Manchester United. The participants had supported their team for an average of 15 years and had been to see them play over 25 times.

In an MRI scanner, participants were shown a Match-of-the-Day-style montage of highlights from games between the two teams.

One of the regions of the brain that showed the greatest differences between groups was the nucleus accumbens – an area central to the brain’s reward system. The research team suggest this link between group bias and reward may explain the ease and rapidity with which humans form groups and favour in-group members.

The research showed that multiple parts of the brain are involved in producing this group bias effect and that it reflects an interaction between a network of regions rather than a single mechanism.

Professor Andrews added: “The results of our study offer new insight into the neural basis for group bias and the human tendency to feel comfort and reassurance when part of a group, alongside distrust of outsiders and rivals.”

“The regions of the brain that showed the biggest differences between the groups of supporters – the subcortical regions positioned in the middle of the brain – are believed to have been conserved during evolution – this supports the idea that group mentality may reflect one of the more primitive human instincts”.


Droylsden 2-1 Widnes

Droylsden claimed a place in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy winning a tight extra preliminary game against fellow Evo Stik West League side Widnes.

The Bloods three new signings Sam Baird,Andy Hollins and Sean Miller all started,Phil Marsh also making his first start in midfield.

The visitors had an early chance,Rob Doran forcing Chris Thompson into an early save while at the other end Clive Smith blazed a shot over the bar from inside the penalty area.

Shaun Holden pulled up injured shortly after, Liam Caddick replacing him at full back before the visitors took the lead after 23 minutes,George Lomax converting from short range after being set up by Chris Lomax.

Droylsden were level five minutes later,Brandy shoved in the box by Akrigg and captain Michael Brewster converting from the penalty spot.

They were forced into a Second change soon after,Jovan Vidal replaced by Lewis Doyle .

Both sides created chances as the first half drew to a close, the visitors coming closest into injury time when Sean Myler hit the outside of the post.

Fabian Brandy was replaced at half time by Ollie Ford.Both teams had chances to go in front,Akrigg forcing Chris Thompson to parry his header onto the bar from close range while Ollie Ford forced a good save from Mottram at the other end after breaking down the right.

The Bloods settled the tie soon after, Sefton Gonzales beating the Widnes offside trap, and setting up Phil Marsh to tap home from six yards with fifteen minutes left and the Bloods finished the stronger team, looking the more likely to get a third.

Droylsden will now play Tadcaster at home in the Preliminary Round on the 13th Oct

Star man Michael Brewster for Droylsden


New signing No 3

A warm welcome to our latest recruit: central defender Sam Baird has joined us for an initial two months on from our neighbours FC United
Sam featured regularly in the starting 11 at the start of the season and has played in 35 games in total. Sam is available for selection on Saturday.


New signing No 1 Andy Hollins

We are please to announce that Andy Hollins will be joining us on loan from our good friends @southport_fc.

Hollins, from Liverpool, has spent time at Liverpool and Everton and has had brief loan spells at Colne and Marine. The 19 year-old central defender trained with the squad last night and joins fellow Southport loanee Lewis Doyle (pictured left).
Welcome to Droylsden Andy