Chasetown 1-0 Droylsden

A first half strike from Will Whieldon decided this game in what was a poor performance from Droylsden and gave Chasetown their first home league win of the season.

On the quarter hour mark Flint’s cross found Hill who laided  the ball off to Whieldon whose strike ended in the top corner of Thompson’s net.
The shot was one of the few attempts that troubled either keeper.
Shaun Holden’s attempt after five minutes for the Bloods flying over the bar while on the half hour mark, a good run from Luke Daly from the right forced Pond into a save low down at his near post.
In between,Vaan’s free header from a Flint corner sailed over the bar for the home team.
Second half substitutions from Dave Pace which saw Phil Marsh and Ollie Ford replace Shaun Holden and Luke Daly failed to shake up what was a lethargic performance from the Bloods.
What few chances they created were poorly finished, the best falling to Liam Caddick who failed to keep the ball down from inside the area

Mossley 1-0 Droylsden

A Ben Halfacre goal a quarter of an hour into the second half settled this game between the local rivals yet the visitors will rue the missed chances that really should have settled the game before that

Halfacre’s goal, converting from a Ben Richardson cross deflected in the net off a Bloods defender, came as the home team came out of the blocks strongly in the second half after the Bloods had dominated the first forty five minutes.
Sefton Gonzales should really have put the Bloods ahead after being put in the clear by Rigby on the quarter hour mark but the striker had almost too much time to decide and Ollerenshaw saved well, Gonzales then heading the rebound over the bar.
The Bloods continued to create chances, both Liam Caddick and Luke Daly shooting across the face of goal from the right while Daly was denied by an outstanding save from Ollerenshaw just after the half hour mark, the Lillywhites keeper getting down low to divert the ball for a corner.
Mossley began to create chances after the break, Mark Fish heading wide from Halfacre’s  cross while Andy Keogh twice failed to convert from close range and the same player saw his header come back off the post from a corner.
Meanwhile the Bloods had their chances, Gonzales again put through only for his weak attempt to be cleared.Two minutes later, the striker nearly made amends for his miss, squaring from the byline to Caddick whose strike was cleared off the line.
But the Mossley goal seemed to stifle the Bloods football as the home team began to control the game.
Substitute Steve Mason saw his header come back off the upright on seventy minutes while Max Leonard did all the hard work before dragging his shot wide.
The Bloods weren’t finished, Gonzales for the third time was put through but failed to finish while Stephen Rigby’s strike from outside the area was tipped over the bar by Ollerenshaw.
Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby

Runcorn Linnets 0-4 Droylsden

A Liam Caddick hat trick in the first half saw Droylsden gain a season double over league leaders Runcorn Linnets

Caddick’s treble came in the opening thirty minutes, striking home from close range just four minutes from the start, just a minute after his first attempt had been cleared off the line before adding a second six minutes later, converting from Sefton Gonzales cross.
Caddick made it three on the half hour mark after Gonzales had headed down a Luke Daly free kick to fire home.
The home side battled back just before half time but some resolute defending from the Bloods stifled the threat.
Droylsden could have extended their lead in the second half, the feet of keeper Forth denying Caddick his fourth with the striker clean through on goal and the keeper excelled again from the corner, with a  point blank save from Sam Baird header.
The Bloods got their fourth five minutes from time, a precision strike from Domaine Rouse finding the top corner from the edge of the area
Men of the Match
Liam Caddick for his goals and Sefton Gonzales for his work rate

Droylsden 2-3 Leek Town

Three goals in three second half minutes decided this game in quite appalling conditions at the Butchers Arms.

With the scores level at half time, Sefton Gonzales scored from the penalty spot to put Droylsden 2-1 ahead nine minutes into the second half but a minute later Leek were level when Sevenson broke on the right for Jordan Johnson to convert and then took the lead from the penalty spot through Tim Grice a minute later.

Grice had given Leek the lead early in the first half after Maguire had crossed and dominated much of the first half,only kept at bay by Chris Thompson in the Bloods goal, saving twice from Sevenson and once from Grice

Against the run of play Droylsden levelled just before half time, Liam Caddick drilling home from close range after Rigby had centred.

In driving wind and rain, Droylsden had chances to level in the second half, Dylan Smith should have done better when Rigby got to the byline only to poke his effort wide and Luke Daly saw his effort go inches wide of the near post minutes later.

But the Leek defence held out and with the Bloods pressing forward looked the more likely to score on the break as the second half continued.

Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby


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