Three goals in the opening eight minutes set the tone for this hotly contested Manchester Cup semi final with Trafford victorious thanks to a Max Hazeldine first half hat trick.
Hazeldine opened the scoring after just two minutes, a through ball leaving him one on one with the Bloods debutant keeper Elliott Wynne.
Two minutes later, Droylsden were level as skipper Domaine Rouse fired home giving Matt Cooper no chance from the edge of the area.
But on eight minutes, Hazeldine put the home side back in front, his strike from the right hand side finding the net on Wynne’s near post.
Both teams had chances soon after, Wynne saving at the feet of Darius Palma while Travis Boyles shot inches wide for the Bloods after Rouse had put the striker through
Droylsden lost Keano Deacon to injury midway through the half and Trafford began to take control of the tie, Wynne called into action twice, saving at his near post from Lewis Salmon and again shortly after from Sam Grimshaw
A Palma free kick went inches wide of the post but with five minutes of the half remaining, Droylsden were made to pay conceding a free kick again in a central position, this time Hazeldine stepping up and giving Wynne no chance finding the top corner.
The Bloods started the second half looking stronger, Rouse’s cross just evading Dom Smith at the far post while Boyles forced Cooper into a brilliant one handed save.
On fifty eight minutes, Droylsden were back in the game, Rouse’s free kick evading the Trafford wall and creeping into the net.
Rouse came close to squaring the tie soon after his effort from the edge of the area just going wide of the near post but they created little more in the final third, Trafford managing the game well to reach the final where they will play FC United
Ramsbottom stayed top of the league after a comprehensive victory and clinical finishing at the Butchers Arms.
Two goals by Josh Hmami and a strike from Ruben Jerome secured the points for the visitors.
There was little to separate the teams in the first half with the swirling wind around the ground probably being the winner before Hmami collected the ball just outside the box after a one two with Nic Evangelinos weaving past three Droylsden defenders to score past Nathan Wolland on thirty six minutes.
Jerome made it two four minutes into the second half, Andy Langford misreading the bounce of the ball to give the striker a clear strike on goal.
Travis Boyle making his debut for the Bloods forced his way into the box but his shot was easily saved by Tom Stewart in the Rams goal
The visitors were denied twice by Wooland, the keeper saving from close range from Nic Evangelinos and palming away a long range shot from Jamie Rother,
Droylsden made Twitter changes Kyle Wych replacing the injured Keano Deacon and Faustin Makela replacing Demell Cumberbatch
However Hmami got his second and sealed the three points for the visitors on seventy two minutes rising above the home defence to head home a corner
The Rams came close to a fourth, Evangelinos failing to get a touch from a Luke Thompson cross
Deep into added time, Stewart saved well from Boyle to deny Droylsden a consolation goal
We all know the pain and emotion in following the Bloods but new research out this week suggests that Fans who are ‘fused’ with their team are more likely to experience intense – potentially dangerous – levels of stress while watching live football.
Football fans around the world know the strong emotions brought on by watching their teams on match day, but particularly zealous fans are more at risk of experiencing dangerous levels of the ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol, commonly associated with stress. Researchers at the University of Oxford have now verified a scientific link between fans’ intense group bonding with their team and levels of cortisol (stress hormone) while they watch football.
‘Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,’ says Dr Martha Newson, researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford. ‘Fans who are more casual supporters also experience stress, but not so extremely.’ This study was published in the journal Stress and Health.
The study was conducted with Brazilian spectators during the 2014 World Cup, hosted in Brazil. The fans’ saliva was collected before, during and after matches, including Brazil’s historic semi-final loss (1 – 7) to Germany. ‘Cortisol rocketed during live games for the fans who were highly fused to the team,’ says Newson. ‘It was particularly high during games where their team lost.
‘Interestingly, there were no differences in cortisol concentrations between men and women. Despite preconceptions that men tend to be more bonded to their football teams, women were in fact found to be slightly more bonded to their national team than the men.’
‘This study has shown how people who are highly bonded to their football teams (and likely any other group identity) have a unique psycho-physiological profiles,’ says Newson. This can be seen in the well-known antics of football fans, from ritualised chanting and singing through to violence. ‘We can clearly see where these reactions are coming from, due to their surge in cortisol during a match compared to fans who merely support their team, but are not fused with them.’
There are many health conditions tied to extreme stress that hardcore football fans should be aware of. While cortisol is essential to responding to life’s daily stresses, too much cortisol over time can result in a suppressed immune system (more coughs and colds and even allergies), weight gain, and heightened blood pressure with a significant risk of heart disease. Indeed, previous research has established an increase in heart attacks among fans on important match days, at both the regional and national level. ‘From our research, we may be better equipped to identify which fans are most at risk of heart attacks,’ says Newson. ‘Clubs may be able to offer heart screenings or other health measures to highly committed fans who are at the greatest risk of experiencing increased stress during the game.’
The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies. ‘Strategies that aim to reduce stress hormones following particularly intense matches could help reduce incidents of hooliganism and violence,’ says Newson.
A flurry of activity on Friday saw four players brought into the club as injuries put pressure on the size of the squad.
Midfielder Keano Deacon joins us from Burgess Hill and right back and right sided midfielder Matthew Williams joins us from Mossley.
The Bloods have also taken midfielder Kyle Wych from Oldham’s academy while striker Demell Cumberbatch was also drafted into the squad for Saturday’s game at City of Liverpool
A free kick from Faustin Makela saw the Bloods secure three most needed points in a game of few chances.
Substitute Makela’s second half strike found the top corner of Owen Wheeler’s goal after City of Liverpool had conceded a free kick on the edge of the area.
The injury stricken Bloods saw two more players Kane Hickman and Jamie Frost carries off with injuries, the former with only after just twenty five minutes.
Droylsden had the best of the chances in the first half, Dom Smith’s effort saved by the legs of Wheeler after had found the striker in space in the area while earlier the same player after beating two defenders on the edge of the area had fired straight at the keeper.
The home team had the better of the play early in the second half but Droylsden showing resilience, battled hard and well deserved the lead with around fifteen minutes left.
Skipper Domaine Rouse nearly made it two shortly after, his shot just wide of the far post.
With ten minutes of stoppage time, the home team applied the pressure but the Bloods defence stood firm to win the points
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