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.


Away trip for the next round in Trophy

Providing that they overcome Pickering Town in the First Qualifying Round replay tomorrow night, the Bloods will travel to the winners of the replay between Hednesford Town and AFC Mansfield in the next round.

The two clubs drew 1-1 on Saturday.Mansfield who were only formed in 2012 play in the Evo Stik East Division while Hednesford who won the competition back in 2004 and are known as the Pitmen play in the Evo Stik Premier Division


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


North Yorkshire date for the Bloods

Droylsden will travel to Pickering in the FA Trophy first round if they overcome Tadcaster tomorrow night in the FA Preliminary Round.

Pickering, known as the Pikes, play in the Evo Stik East Division, after being promoted last season, and claimed their place with a 3-0 win over Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

The tie will be played on the 27th October



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


It’s a beautiful game, but how you see it is all in the mind…

Scientists have scanned the brains of die-hard football fans to find out why supporters of rival teams often have very different views on the same match.

When England played Colombia in the 2018 World Cup, many England fans complained about a high number of fouls from the Colombian side.

Simultaneously, in South America, a petition demanding a rematch because of the referee’s unfair bias against the Colombian team rapidly gained hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The two conflicting perceptions of the same match left many people wondering; did Colombia and England supporters see the same game?

Now, academics from the University of York have used MRI scanning to try and find out how people can have such different takes on football.

As part of the research they mapped and compared the brain activity of Manchester United and Chelsea supporters while they watched their beloved sides in action against one another.

The findings suggest that fans of rival teams do see the same match in a visual sense. That is, the regions of the brain that are directly involved in seeing showed similar activity in both sets of supporters.

However, the results of the study showed clear differences between the groups in the activity of higher regions of the brain involved in cognition, indicating that the same sensory information was interpreted and evaluated differently.

Professor Tim Andrews from the Department of Psychology at the University of York, said: “When we compared the brain activity of supporters of the same team and supporters of opposing teams, we found that activity in the sensory regions of the brain were aligned in all participants – or in other words, they all saw and heard the same game.

“But, in the frontal and subcortical regions of the brain – including areas known to be active in reward, self-identity and control of movement – there was a correlation between supporters of the same team, but significant differences between the groups. This is what allows fans of rival teams to develop a different understanding of the same game.”

For the study, the researchers recruited keen supporters of Chelsea and Manchester United. The participants had supported their team for an average of 15 years and had been to see them play over 25 times.

In an MRI scanner, participants were shown a Match-of-the-Day-style montage of highlights from games between the two teams.

One of the regions of the brain that showed the greatest differences between groups was the nucleus accumbens – an area central to the brain’s reward system. The research team suggest this link between group bias and reward may explain the ease and rapidity with which humans form groups and favour in-group members.

The research showed that multiple parts of the brain are involved in producing this group bias effect and that it reflects an interaction between a network of regions rather than a single mechanism.

Professor Andrews added: “The results of our study offer new insight into the neural basis for group bias and the human tendency to feel comfort and reassurance when part of a group, alongside distrust of outsiders and rivals.”

“The regions of the brain that showed the biggest differences between the groups of supporters – the subcortical regions positioned in the middle of the brain – are believed to have been conserved during evolution – this supports the idea that group mentality may reflect one of the more primitive human instincts”.