Droylsden 2-2 Trafford Trafford win 8-7 on penalties

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 


Trafford 3-4 Droylsden

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 


Glossop 2-4 Droylsden

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





Atherton 2-0 Droylsden

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


Chadderton 1-1 Droylsden (Chadderton win 4-2 on penalties)

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.

Missed penalties from Liam Caddick and Michael Brewster saw Droylsden eliminated 4-2 after Chadderton had equalised in the dying minutes of normal time.
The Bloods had commanded much of the first half and took the lead after just ten minutes when a brilliant individual run by Faustin Makela saw the striker hit the back of the net from just outside the edge of the area.
It was though to be their only shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, their only other chance coming just before half time when a last ditch tackle by Tayo prevented Bagshaw from shooting on goal while at the other end Manuel cleared off the line with Thompson beaten by Harry Pratt’s effort.
Chadderton made a double change at half time and came close to an equaliser almost from the resumption, Chris Thompson saving well to deny Butterworth.
Faustin Makela then forced a good save from Hadlow as the striker burst into the box.
Dave Pace brought on Gonzales and Doyle on the hour mark for Bagshaw and Daly but the home team began to dominate.
Thompson was called into action saving well from Shawcross and the keeper saved well again with seven minutes left pushing Turnbull’s shot behind for a corner.
Chadderton were rewarded for their efforts with two minutes left on the clock, Butterworth finding himself one on one with the keeper and sliding under Thompson.
The Bloods though had a great chance to progress to the next round almost from the restart, Gonzales crossing from the byline, Lewis Doyle failing to connect with the ball with the goal gaping and Makela’s goalbound shot blocked by a defender.
With penalties to decide the winner after ninety minutes, Caddick and Brewster’s efforts were well saved by Hadlow and though Thompson saved Tayo’s effort, Chadderton held their nerve to go through

Droylsden 1-2 Colwyn Bay

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