Kendal 1-4 Droylsden

The Bloods brought their losing run to an end with a welcome three points at Kendal on Bank Holiday Monday.

Goals from Liam Caddick, Stavros Tserpes, Sefton Gonzales and a Mike Brewster penalty secured the win in a game that saw both teams reduced to ten men early in the first half.
Both teams had early chances, Tserpes prodding the ball onto the roof of the net while Ryan Moore for the home team saw his effort clip the outside of the post.
Droylsden went ahead on the quarter hour mark. O’Rourke brilliantly tipping Burgess’ header over the bar but was helpless in stopping Caddick’s glancing header from the subsequent corner.
Moore nearly levelled five minutes later, Thompson keeping out Moore’s header from close range.
Both teams were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark when Ryan Hopper and The Mints skipper Cory Vickers clashed on the half way line.
The Bloods doubled their lead soon after, Brewster’s driving run setting up Tserpes who made no mistake from a tight angle but Kendal got back into the game just before half time when they failed to clear a free kick, Thomas Stead making no mistake from twelve yards.
The Bloods dominated in the second half, attacking down the slope.Michael Brewster scoring the third from the penalty spot after Gonzales was felled at the back post looking certain to score.
Gonzales saw his own effort blocked by two defenders but on sixty eight minutes finally ended his goal drought when he headed home from Rigby’s fierce cross.
Only O’Rourke’s brilliance prevented the Bloods from increasing their lead, making a string of saves, twice from substitute Faustin Makela, punching away Rigby’s effort and then saving from Gonzales right at the death.

Droylsden 0-2 Market Drayton

Two second half goals from James Jennings saw the visitors take all three points back to the Midlands and condemn the Bloods to a fifth consecutive defeat.

In a game of two halves which saw Droylsden fail to capitalise on a number of chances in the first forty five Jennings took full advantage of the room given to him as the Droylsden defence crumbled and only Chris Thompson in the end prevented Market Drayton scoring more.

It could have been so different early on. After just two minutes a quick free kick by Brewster caught out the visitors defence but Liam Caddick failed to take advantage of The opportunity.

It was almost one way traffic as a succession of chances and half chances went astray, Stavros Tserpes having the best chance which saw Ballard tip his effort round the post for a corner.

Market Drayton served up a warning of what was to come in the closing minutes of the half as Jennings broke down the centre, his effort going narrowly wide.

The second half saw the visitors switch their keeper into an outfield player while manager Martyn Davies who had come on as an early sub for the injured Hartlebury went between the posts.

The Bloods shuffled their pack, Ollie Ford coming on for Harry Pratt and Faustin Makela replacing Danny Hewitt but less than a minute after second change, lost Antoine Clarke to injury with Dom smith coming on,

The forced reshuffle at the back changed the game and the visitors began to take full advantage. McClean breaking down the left into the area, his shot hitting the side netting.

With twelve minutes left Town took the lead, A Thompson save and a block on the line looked to have prevented the first goal but the rebound fell to Jennings who made no mistake.

Thompson prevented a second a minute later saving from close range from McClean but could do nothing to prevent the second goal as his defence went Awol Jennings shooting into an empty net and to cap a poor afternoon, Tserpes saw a straight red for a clumsy challenge deep into added time


Colne 1-0 Droylsden

A last minute goal from substitute Alex Curran decided this game after it had looked destined to be a goalless draw

In a game of few chances, Curran’s last minute strike kept Colne’s promotion hopes alive while consigning the Bloods to a fourth successive defeat.

Droylsden had the better of the chances that were created during the game, Bianga shooting over with less than a minute of the game gone while a Caddick shot flew wide of Burton’s post just before half time.

For the home side both Morgan and Lynch had chances before half time, the former shooting over from close range.

The second half produced the best chance of the game, Burton producing an excellent save low down to deny Gonzales while Rigby’s long range shot just cleared the bar before Curran final minute winner


Ramsbottom 4-0 Droylsden


Another disappointing afternoon for the Bloods saw them succumb to promotion chasing Ramsbottom with Nic Evangelinos scoring all four goals for the Rams.

The Bloods were behind after just six minutes when Rainford was brought down in the area by Thompson after a poor back pass.

The referee had no choice but to point to the spot and Evangelinos made no mistake for the spot.

Four minutes later the home team doubled their lead, Evangelinos heading home at s second attempt from Moran’s cross.

The Bloods had the ball in the net after Ashton fumbled Rigby’s free kick but the referee ruled that the keeper had been fouled.

Minutes later Evangelinos claimed his third,his free kick from 25 yards finding the top corner and on twenty minutes it could have been four after Rainford beat the offside trap, his effort just clipping the post with Thompson beaten.

The Bloods chances were few and far between, Gonzales beat Jacobs down the left, his cross finding Rouse but he couldn’t keep his effort down.

Six minutes into the second half saw a triple substitution, Barber, Bianga and Tserpes coming on but Ramsbottom continued to attack.

Ruben Jerome saw his effort cleared off the line while Thompson saved from Rams substitute Ggoden.

Droylsden had a chance to get back into the game on seventy minutes, Gonzales intercepting a back pass but the striker took too long on the ball and the keeper easily collected.

A second penalty saw Ramsbottom get their fourth, Kieran Lugsden brought down as he tried to round Thompson and Evangelinos making no mistake from the spot.


Droylsden 0-3 Kidsgrove

A disappointing night for the Bloods saw Kidsgrove take all three points back to Staffordshire.

An own goal after just seven minutes from Tyler Golden began what would become a poor night for Dave Pace’s side, the full back heading the ball past Chris Thompson from Baker’s cross.

Four minutes later, Williamson got behind the defence only to be denied by an excellent save from Thompson.

Chances were few and far between for the home side, skipper Michael Brewster saw his effort deflected wide on the half hour mark after Gonzales had flicked on for s throw in.

With two minutes of the first half left, the visitors doubled their lead, a long ball over the top floor biding top scorer Malbon who struck the ball cleanly into the far corner of the Bloods net.

Droylsden had early chances to get back into the game after the break, Bianga’s shot just wide of the far post while a Makela free kick was well saved by Harrison.

At the other end, Thompson saved well from O’Neill’s header before substitute Rumenio slotted home a third with twenty five minutes still remaining.


Droylsden 1-2 Trafford

Ross Davidson’s fifty seven minute strike saw Trafford take all three points at the Butchers Arms on a disappointing afternoon

The Bloods were forced into changes at the back with Shaquille Antoine Clarke playing as centre half and new signings in the week, Andreas Bianga and Harry Pratt coming straight into the side.

The game had burst into life in the first ten minutes, Sam Egerton gave Trafford the lead on seven minutes crashing in the ball at the far post from a corner.

Droylsden could have levelled straight from the restart, Sefton Gonzales through on the keeper but the striker hesitated for two long and Cooper pushed the ball out for a corner.

From the corner, The Bloods levelled Liam Caddick striking his shot through a crowded area as the ball landed at his feet

The striker had a great opportunity to make it two when Cooper’s misclearance landed his feet but failed to capitalise while at the other end, O’Brien’s free header from the corner cleared the cross bar in a half otherwise lacking any clear chances for either side

The second half followed the same pattern with few chances before or after Davidson’s winner.

Late into the game, O’Brien saw another free header from a corner come back off the bar while substitute Rydings should have done better after he broke into the box but with the goal seemingly at his mercy, hesitated for too long.

Star man for the Bloods Shaquille Antoine Clarke


Skelmersdale 1-2 Droylsden

A superb strike into the top corner by Domaine Rouse ten minutes from time saw Droylsden take all three points on a frustrating afternoon at Voltair Park.

With the clock ticking down as the Bloods, despite much possession, had failed to break down a stubborn Skelmersdale defence,Rouse collected the ball outside the box, turned and hit the ball into the top corner.

The home team took an early lead in nineteen minutes,Mukendi, rising high from a corner to nod home.

Droylsden had already squandered two chances before that, Gonzales heading wide unmakes from six yards and Kirkman making a fine stop from Caddick.

Mukendi had a chance to make it two, hitting the side netting brim inside the six yard box but Caddick made up for his Eskisehir miss by striking home with six minutes of the first half left and could have scored again after a great run in the box only to drag his shot ride.

The second half proved a frustrating one for Droylsden, having much of the possession but creating little in the final third.

Kirkman again denied Caddick with a good save, Ollie Ford, on for Gonzales, saw his follow up shot blocked while Aaron Burgess saw his effort fly across the face of goal from inside the eighteen years box.

Rouse’s strike looked like it might open up the floodgates but Kirkman twice denied the Bloods, saving from both Caddick and Golden.

Star man for the Bloods Liam Caddick


Droylsden 2-3 Ramsbottom

An injury time winner from Nic Evangelinos saw ten man Ramsbottom take the points at the Butchers Arms.

Substitute Jason Carey broke down the right wing with seconds remaining, his low cross finding Evangelinos who struck home to keep the Rams promotion hopes very much alive.

The Bloods had so nearly win it themselves a minute earlier when Liam Caddick found himself through in goal only for defender Tom Schofield blocking the striker with the goal at his mercy and shooting wide.

The visitors took an early lead,just three minutes into the game, a long ball catching the Blood’s defence out and Jamie Rainford slotting home.

The visitors found themselves down to ten men when skipper and former Blood, Kelvin Lugsden shown red for pulling down Ollie Ford with the striker through on goal, Steve Rigby’s resultant free kick was well saved by Ashton.

Droylsden equalised soon after, Ollie Ford’s well taken goal finding the bottom corner after a great run from Caddick found the striker.

The Bloods were forced to reorganise at half time, an injury to Sam Baird seeing skipper Brewster forced into the back four with Aaron Burgess making his debut.

The visitors kept pressing, Thompson forced to save after Rainford broke thru and it was Rainford who struck with half an hour left,heading home a Kennedy cross as the Blood’s defence switched off.

Droylsden drew level with a quarter of an hour left, Burgess crossing to find Gonzales who got just enough on the ball to see it trickle over the line.


Widnes 1-1 Droylsden

A second penalty save in less than a week from Chris Thompson and a last minute goal line clearance from Sam Baird won the Bloods their third successive score draw as they visited Widnes’ Halton stadium.

The home side started strongly, Thompson forced into an early save from Lomax and they took the lead on seventeen minutes, the outstanding Sinclair-Smith who was to cause Droylsden problems all night, getting past Rouse and calming slotting the ball into the far corner.

Droylsden created few chances in the first half and could have fallen further behind in the stroke of half time after conceding a penalty.

Thompson though guessed correctly diverting Hodkinson’s effort onto the bar, and somehow the Bloods kept the rebound out with the ball scrambled off the line.

Jack Pirie came on for Ismael Camara after the interval and a reshuffled team began to look more dangerous.

Michael Brewster’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender while a Liam Caddick effort went inches wide.

The equaliser came on fifty five minutes, Faustin Makela’s cross finding Sefton Gonzales and the striker finding the bottom corner of the net for his third goal in two days.

Droylsden though soon found themselves pegged back. Thompson called twice into action, saving well from Brazel and then parrying Sinclair-Smith’s effort away while Sam Baird, who had defended well through got his body in the way of a goal bound strike from Hodkinson.

Still the home team pressed for a winner, Brazel should really have done better and Holden had broken down the left while a quick corner nearly caught the Bloods defence out, Sinclair-Smith’s effort flying across the face of goal.

The game really opened out in the last ten, both teams pressing but neither could find a winner. Deep into injury time Widnes will feel they should have won it only for Sam Baird to head the ball off the line but the Bloods held on for the point.

Star man for the Bloods Sam Baird


Kidsgrove 3-3 Droylsden

There is never a dull moment watching Droylsden, the old adage says and the visit to Kidsgrove proved the theory.

Three goals down after fifty five minutes and thankful for keeper Chris Thompson for not being even further behind, an inspired last thirty minutes saw two goals from Sefton Gonzales and an injury time equaliser from Dom Smith saw the points shared.

It was a quiet start to the game, the home team creating the early chances, Domaine Rouse forced into clearing off the line from Kyle Diskin while Kyle Blake’s effort from the edge of the area went narrowly over the cross bar.

But the home team suddenly began to dominate in the last fifteen minutes of the first half.Anthony Malbon putting them in front after the Bloods had lost the ball on the halfway line and breaking down the right before the striker skilfully kept his cool to find the back of the net.

A minute later he could have had a second,bustling into the area only to see his effort fly across the face of goal.

A minute later Kidsgrove had a second, Thompson saving well from Diskin before the ball fell to Malbon for his second and he nearly had a third just before half time, Thompson to the rescue smothering the ball after the striker was put through.

Manager Dave Pace made two changes at half time, Reece Webb Foster and Dom Smith coming on for Faustin Makela and Ismael Camara and started to throw men forward to get back into the game but continued to look vulnerable at the back.

Keeper Thompson was called into action with a superb double save at close range from Malbon before Diskin put the third effort wide.

On fifty seven minutes Malbon got his hat trick, superbly finding the top corner from the right hand edge of the area.

Droylsden looked dead and buried but the third goal seemed to rejuvenate them,Sefton Gonzales pocking the ball home from the edge of the six yard area with twenty five minutes remaining.

Three minutes later Michael Brewster’ goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by the fingertips of Harrison.

The Bloods were back in the game soon after,Brewster getting to the byline to cross for Gonzales to nod home for his second.

As the clock ran down both teams had chances, Grove substitute Valido Barai with the best shooting straight at Thompson after breaking down the left.

A minute into injury time, Droylsden levered, Brewster again getting to the byline and crossing for Gonzales to head down,Dom Smith getting the final touch as it hit the back of the net.

In the dying seconds the Bloods nearly won it as Gonzales took the ball around Harrison only for the defender to clear.

Star man Chris Thompson