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.