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Droylsden 0-2 Radcliffe

Two first half goals after being reduced to ten men clinched the points for Radcliffe but it was disappointing afternoon for a Bloods team looking to make it three wins in a row.

Droylsden made one change from the team that started at Colwyn Bay last week with Shaun Holden in at left back in place of the suspended Steven Rigby and they made the early running in the game

Holden seeing his attempt come back off the bar and Webb Foster forcing an excellent save from Martin while Domaine Rouse’s header was tipped over the bar from close range by the keeper.

Martin was again called into action superbly saving from Michael Brewster.

The game changed after
Radcliffe lost their captain Kingsley Williams,shown a straight red after bringing down Liam Caddick through on goal.

Elliot Rokka thru on goal for the visitors was denied by Thompson as the ten men increased the tempo before they took the lead on 37 minutes, former Blood Scott Metcalfe capitalising to shoot home after the Bloods defence failed to clear.

A minute before half time Radcliffe doubled their lead,catching Droylsden on the break after they had lost the ball with Ben Wharton converting after Rokka had broken down the right.

Bloods were forced into a change at half time, a head injury seeing Ollie Ford replacing Holden with Liam Caddick reverting to full back.

Radcliffe looked the more likely to score in the second half, Rokka and Wharton catching the home defence on the break only for the latter to shoot wide while a free header from Grogan came back off the bar.

Droylsden had their chances,Gonzales twice put through but failing to capitalise after hesitating for too long on the ball.

On 72 minutes their hopes of a comeback evaporated when they were reduced to ten men as skipper Michael Brewster was shown a second yellow within the space of ten minutes for a foul after he had been booked for dissent,

Bloods though continued to try and get back into the game, Domaine Rouse’s long range shot going inches wide while with the clock ticking, Liam Caddick was denied from close range by Martin

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