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


Droylsden 3-1 Skelmersdale

Two Luke Daly goals and a Sefton Gonzales penalty secured a second win in four days for the Bloods over bottom of the table Skelmersdale at the Butcher’s Arms.

Manager Dave Pace made one change from the side that won at Newcastle Town on Saturday with Clive Smith starting at right back in place of Shaquille Antoine-Clarke.

In a first half of few chances, Droylsden dominated the possession but were gifted a goal on the half hour mark when Luke Daly intercepted an attempted clearance by Terence Smith in the Skelmersdale goal and kept his head to score.

The visitors looked more lively in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser on fifty six minutes when William Dunne punished a Dylan Smith foul on the edge of the area,beating the wall and finding the back of the net.

The Bloods were in front minutes later,Sefton Gonzales scoring his third penalty in two games after Liam Caddick was tripped in the area.

Gonzales could have made it three two minutes later when Ollie Ford burst into the box from the left but his shot was charged down by the visitors defence.

Droylsden made sure of the three points into injury time,substitute Phil Marsh keeping his head on a one to won with the keeper,finding the goal blocked and laying back to Daly whose point blank strike found the bottom corner of the net.

Star Man Ollie Ford


Newcastle Town 1-3 Droylsden

A superb free kick from skipper Domaine Rouse and two penalties from Sefton Gonzales secured three much needed points for the Bloods on their trip to Newcastle under Lyne.

In a game that would be dominated by penalty claims,the home team felt they had one after just nine minutes when Antoine-Clarke brought down Orlando-Young only for the referee to give the foul outside the area.

Four minutes later Droylsden were ahead,Domaine Rouse proving a handful for the Town defence, brought down on the edge of the area, and striking the free kick low into the far corner of Johnson’s net.

Bloods took control of the game with some slick passing play,denying the home team even a sniff of the ball.

Rouse was denied a second after he burst through the centre by a fine save from Johnson and Liam Caddick fired over from close range after Luke Daly crossed from the byline.

Against the run of play, the home tram levelled on the half hour mark,Orlando Young causing problems down the left finding Matt Ward in the box whose shot gave Chris Thompson no chance.

The goal rejuvenated Newcastle and for a ten minute period,mostly through Orlando Young they dominated.

But on the stroke of half time, The Bloods were back in front,Steele adjudged to have pushed Caddick in the box and Sefton Gonzales stepping up to score from the spot.

The second half proved more open, both teams having chances to score,Caddick having the best for the Bloods after Gonzales burst into the box from the left only for the striker to slice his shot onto the back of a defender.

On seventy one minutes,Droylsden doubled their lead, Ollie Ford brought down on the right hand side of the box and Gonzales stepping up for a second time to score from the spot.

Orlando Young has chances to pull a goal back for the home side,one shot inches over Thompson’s cross bar but the Bloods managed the game well in the last fifteen minutes and nearly had a fourth deep into added time when substitute Faustin Makela’s shot forced a finger tip save from Johnson

Star man for the Bloods Domaine Rouse


Droylsden 2-3 Pickering (FAT Replay)

Droylsden crashed out of the FA Trophy after conceding three bad goals against the visitors from North Yorkshire.

After a last minute equaliser by Pickering on Saturday brought the tie back to the Butchers Arms,the Bloods took the lead after just six minutes when Clive Smith headed home a Shaun Holden corner.

The visitors equalised straight from kick off, with the Droylsden defence appealing for offside,Ryan Blott rounded Thompson to equalise.

Droylsden were in front again six minutes later,Shaun Holden getting to the byline to cross,Sefton Gonzales chesting the ball down and Lewis Doyle drilling the ball into Andrew’s bottom corner.

The visitors should have equalised on twenty five minutes when centre half Niall Tilsley headed against the cross bar from a free kick.

Adam Lund replaced Matty Turnbell for the visitors at half time and in less than the minute they were level when Lewis Taylor played the ball over a static Droylsden defence for Billy Logan to chip Thompson into an empty net.

Lund had a great chance to put the visitors in front shortly after,slicing wide from inside the box before Lewis Taylor was given far too much room with just over half an hour remaining to put the Pikes in front.

Manager Dave Pace made a triple substitution soon after bringing on Liam Dickinson,Phil Marsh and Ollie Ford,but it was the Pikes who nearly made it four when a Billy Logan strike came back off the post.

Droylsden pressed but made little impact on a solid Pickering defence,their best chance a Domaine Rouse header going wide from a corner.


Clitheroe 5-1 Droylsden

The elation of Saturday’s win against Widnes was well and truly blown away on a blustery night at Shawbridge St.

After a lively start and having taken the lead,The Bloods were reduced to ten men when skipper Michael Brewster was shown a straight red card for a challenge on midfielder Hyuga Tanner on twenty three minutes,conceded on the stroke of half time before the floodgates opened in the second half.

It could have been very different after Brewster had scored from the penalty spot on five minutes after Brandy had been shoved over in the area,but even before that could have been ahead after Terry in the Clitheroe goal saved Gonzales shot,the ball falling to Rouse on the six yard line whose shot was somehow blocked by the Clitheroe defence.

Clitheroe had their chances as the action swung from end to end,Rainford through in goal forcing a great save from Thompson and Hazeldine miss kicking in front of an open goal after Gregory had crossed.

After the Bloods were reduced to ten men,Clitheroe began to press.Twice more Rainford was denied by Thompson before right on the stroke of half time,the striker finally found the back of the net after the home team broke from a Droylsden corner.

In the second half,Clitheroe began to press their advantage and seven minutes it were ahead thanks to a screamer of a strike by Lewis Sugden from nearly 30 yards out which left Thompson routed to the spot.

Manager Dave Pace immediately changed the formation bringing on Dylan Smith and Jovan Vidal for Luke Daly and Febian Brandy.

The Bloods nearly equalised when a quick free kick by Shaun Holden caught out the home defence only for Domaine Rouse’s shot to be cleared.

But with just under half an hour remaining Clitheroe extended their lead, another strike by Sugden from the edge of the area finding the far corner of the Bloods goal.

After that it was one way traffic, and with twelve minutes left Rainford got his second of the night from the penalty spot when skipper Gregory was brought down after driving across the byline in the area.

Clitheroe made it five with three minutes left on the clock when Recizac struck a low shot from just inside the area.


Droylsden 6-2 Widnes

Five goals in the first half an hour finished the game as a contest as a buoyant Droylsden cruised to victory.

Febian Brandy opened the scoring,the striker fouled on the edge of the area and converting the free kick into the bottom corner after just ten minutes.

Six minutes later,Sefton Gonzales headed home from a Shaun Holden corner to make it two and almost from kick off Brandy got his second, beating two defenders in the box to slot home.

Liam Caddick made it four on twenty eight minutes,after Gonzales had taken the ball from the half way line and charged into the box before laying off the ball.

Two minutes later, Domaine Rouse was given far too much time and space in the box to make it five.

Widnes pulled a goal back just before half time,Antoine-Clarke heading into his own net from a corner and got a second just after half time Hodkinson netting the rebound after Korie-Butler forced a save from Thompson.

The Bloods continued to create chances,Domaine Rouse should have added to his tally after Gonzales crossed only to put his shot wide and Brandy was denied a hat trick by the boot of Nield in the Widnes goal

Droylsden made it six deep into injury time,skipper Michael Brewster dancing through the defence to score a brilliant individual goal

Star man Febian Brandy


Tadcaster 0-2 Droylsden (FAT Replay)

Two second half goals and a fine display of keeping from Chris Thompson booked Droylsden’s place in the next round of the FA Trophy.

Domaine Rouse finding the back of the net a minute into the second half with Sefton Gonzales converting the rebound after Ingham had saved a Liam Caddick strike to seal the victory with nine minutes left on the clock.

It was a game of two halves, the home team dominating the first forty five minutes kept at bay by the brilliance of Thompson and some last ditch defending.

Casey Stewart forced Thompson into the action after being put through by Davidson and the keeper was called into action soon after when full back Barkworth crossed from the byline and found the head of Savory pushing the ball away for a corner.

The Bloods found themselves on the back foot for much of the half, although a great move just before the half hour mark saw Antoine-Clarke force a great save from Ingham.

Tadcaster looked though the favourites to open the scoring, just before the half hour mark, a mistake at the back let in the dangerous Colley again forcing Thompson to save at close range while both Savory and Whitehouse saw their efforts just wide of the post.

A minute into the second half and Droylsden were ahead, Febian Brandy pushing into the area and forcing a save from Ingham. The Tadcaster defence failed to clear and Domaine Rouse finding the back of the net.

With a seemingly renewed energy, the Bloods began to dominate, Gonzales and Daly both creating chances but a momentary loss of concentration nearly let the home side back in with Thompson again saving from close range from Colley.

Thompson was once again called into action pushing a Whitehouse shot around the post for a corner.

At the other end with gaps appearing at the back,a Phil Marsh through ball set up Sefton Gonzales who turned a defender only to shoot over, and substitute Liam Caddick’s header produced a fine save from Ingham.

The Bloods though sealed the victory with just under ten minutes remaining, Caddick breaking down the left,his shot saved by Ingham only for Gonzales to convert the rebound and confirm the trip to Pickering in the next round

Star man-Chris Thompson


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