The Bloods crashed out of the FA Cup at the Preliminary Round stage for the second year running on a hot afternoon in West Yorkshire.
The Bloods can take their minds off the league this Saturday as they travel into Yorkshire to meet, for, as far as we know the first time Liversedge Fc.
The team resides in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are so far unbeaten this season having taken seven points from their opening three games.
They have FA Cup form as well, back in season 2004-05 getting to the Fourth Qualifying Round, beating three higher-ranked opponents along the way.
In the extra qualifying round, they beat Manchester club Abbey Hey.
The Bloods will be hoping for a cup run after the disappointments of the last few seasons culminating in a defeat at this stage last season to Squires Gate, losing the replay after being 4-2 up at the Butchers Arms.
Poor defending in the first half cost the Bloods this game but the home side’s failure to put away numerous chances nearly let Dave Pace’s team claim a point at the Halton Stadium.
Droylsden, in a poor first half, found themselves two down inside fourteen minutes, both goals coming from man of the match Hodkinson.
The first from a break after Domaine Rouse lost the ball on the halfway line, the second from the penalty spot after being pulled down in the box getting the better of Diego Lattie.
The Bloods could have taken the lead after just six minutes when Danny Wilkins was put through on goal but took one touch too many round keeper Wheeler and pushed the ball wide.
It was one way traffic for the rest of the half with Hodkinson creating problems for the Droylsden defence, centring for Conor Ready whose effort was blocked and skilfully turning the Bloods defence only to shoot over with the goal at his mercy.
In between former Blood Shaun Holden shot inches wide from the edge of the area and Thompson saved low to his left from full back Steele.
After the restart, Steele had a glorious chance for a third getting behind the Droylsden defence only to lob Thompson and the Bloods crossbar.
Soon after came changes, Jamie Frost and Colin Murray on for Andy Langford and Jack Dorney and the men in blue sprang into life.
Wheeler saving from point blank range to deny Aaron Burns before a third change saw Rhys Clooney on for Rigby and it was the substitute who Created the goal, his shot deflected for the corner which he took and found the unmarked head of Phil Clarke who scored in the top corner.
The Bloods now seemed the more likely to score again and really should have equalised when Wheeler under pressure dropped the ball with the hooked attempt coming back off the underside of the bar with just five minutes left on the clock.
But with Droylsden pushing for a second, Widnes substitute Klein Davies was allowed far too much time in the box to drill the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
The points were shared in this opening day clash at the Butchers Arms in a game of two halves,
The visitors took a 3-1 lead into half time,Sefton Gonzales on his return to the Butchers Arms heading home from close range on twelve minutes after Droylsden had lost the ball on the half way line.
Colne could have got a second minutes later, Thompson saving well at the feet of Hazeldine before Droylsden equalised.
Rhys Clooney’s shot was well saved by Burton but Colne failed to clear and Liam Caddick picked up the ball just outside the area and fired home
Chippendale scored two in three minutes for Colne ,Gonzales laying off the ball for him to score the first from inside the area, the second from a penalty after Thompson had brought down Hazeldine as he burst through the centre of Droylsden’s defence.
The Blood were denied a second shortly after with Burton pulling off a brilliant point blank save to deny Aaron Burns.
A revitalised Droylsden started strongly in the second half and pulled one back on 51 minutes ,Clooney heading home for his first for the club from a superb Wilkins cross
Nine minutes later Droylsden were level,Caddick with his second threading the ball through the defence into the back of the net.
Droylsden will play league newcomers City of Liverpool on Tuesday 1st October at the Butchers Arms with a 7.45 kick off.
The game was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday but was postponed because of City of Liverpool’s involvement in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy.
The Bloods will now have a blank weekend on the 28th September
The Bloods will travel to Liversedge on the 24th August in the FA Cup Preliminary Round after the Northern East Counties Premier League Club beat Abbey Hey 5-1 in yesterday’s extra preliminary round.
Dave Pace will come away from this final pre season friendly the happier manager after Droylsden’s passing game stifled a Hyde side.
Aaron Burns gave the Bloods the lead on thirty eight minutes, deflecting Liam Caddick’s shot into the back of the net before Tongue’s unmarked header from a free kick on the stroke of half time.
With the scores level after ninety minutes at a windy Ewan Field’s a penalty shot out decided the Ray Stanley memorial cup with the Bloods winning 5-4
In their last but one pre season friendly the Bloods claim the Tony Downes memorial trophy in a hard fought win against their Welsh Premier League opponents.
Two early goals from Aaron Burns, including one of the spot put Droylsden in the driving seat before a well taken goal from Jordan Evans put the visitors back in contention four minutes before half time.
There were scares for Droylsden in the second with the woodwork being hit twice and an clearance off the line before a stunner from Domaine Rouse clinched the game