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

Droylsden 1-2 Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay edged this tight game at the Butchers Arms thanks to two first half goals despite the home team dominating much of the possession.

The Bloods named an unchanged team after their midweek win.

In a first half of few chances, the game changed in five minutes at the end of the half

Blake Robinson put the visitors ahead on thirty eight minutes after James Barrigan held the ball up at the edge of the area and a minute before half time, Bay doubled their lead, Tom McCready given far too much room on the edge of the area to fire past Thompson.

Droylsden created few chances despite having much of the possession and were restricted to long range efforts easily dealt with by the Bay defence

The Bloods bossed the second half bringing on Michael Brewster and Phil Marsh for Clive Smith and Lewis Doyle but could easily have gone three behind when a mix up at the back gifted the ball to Pritchard who pulled his shot badly wide.

Ollie Ford went close, forcing a good save from Coughlin at his near post whilst a goal bound strike from Luke Daly was deflected for a corner.

The Bloods won a penalty on sixty seven minutes when Liam Caddick was felled in the area but Gonzales’ low powerful effort was saved by the legs of Coughlin.

Droylsden brought on Levi Philips for Ollie Ford in an effort to break through as the visitors kept everyone behind the ball looking to catch the home team on the break.

Both Gonzales and Caddick saw goal bound efforts blocked by Bay defenders as they continued to press.

They finally got a goal with four minutes left ,Gonzales heading home at the near post from a perfectly weighted Marsh free kick but with the clock ticking down,could not get the much needed equaliser

Star man for The Bloods Andy Hollins


Droylsden 3-1 Skelmersdale

Two Luke Daly goals and a Sefton Gonzales penalty secured a second win in four days for the Bloods over bottom of the table Skelmersdale at the Butcher’s Arms.

Manager Dave Pace made one change from the side that won at Newcastle Town on Saturday with Clive Smith starting at right back in place of Shaquille Antoine-Clarke.

In a first half of few chances, Droylsden dominated the possession but were gifted a goal on the half hour mark when Luke Daly intercepted an attempted clearance by Terence Smith in the Skelmersdale goal and kept his head to score.

The visitors looked more lively in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser on fifty six minutes when William Dunne punished a Dylan Smith foul on the edge of the area,beating the wall and finding the back of the net.

The Bloods were in front minutes later,Sefton Gonzales scoring his third penalty in two games after Liam Caddick was tripped in the area.

Gonzales could have made it three two minutes later when Ollie Ford burst into the box from the left but his shot was charged down by the visitors defence.

Droylsden made sure of the three points into injury time,substitute Phil Marsh keeping his head on a one to won with the keeper,finding the goal blocked and laying back to Daly whose point blank strike found the bottom corner of the net.

Star Man Ollie Ford


Newcastle Town 1-3 Droylsden

A superb free kick from skipper Domaine Rouse and two penalties from Sefton Gonzales secured three much needed points for the Bloods on their trip to Newcastle under Lyne.

In a game that would be dominated by penalty claims,the home team felt they had one after just nine minutes when Antoine-Clarke brought down Orlando-Young only for the referee to give the foul outside the area.

Four minutes later Droylsden were ahead,Domaine Rouse proving a handful for the Town defence, brought down on the edge of the area, and striking the free kick low into the far corner of Johnson’s net.

Bloods took control of the game with some slick passing play,denying the home team even a sniff of the ball.

Rouse was denied a second after he burst through the centre by a fine save from Johnson and Liam Caddick fired over from close range after Luke Daly crossed from the byline.

Against the run of play, the home tram levelled on the half hour mark,Orlando Young causing problems down the left finding Matt Ward in the box whose shot gave Chris Thompson no chance.

The goal rejuvenated Newcastle and for a ten minute period,mostly through Orlando Young they dominated.

But on the stroke of half time, The Bloods were back in front,Steele adjudged to have pushed Caddick in the box and Sefton Gonzales stepping up to score from the spot.

The second half proved more open, both teams having chances to score,Caddick having the best for the Bloods after Gonzales burst into the box from the left only for the striker to slice his shot onto the back of a defender.

On seventy one minutes,Droylsden doubled their lead, Ollie Ford brought down on the right hand side of the box and Gonzales stepping up for a second time to score from the spot.

Orlando Young has chances to pull a goal back for the home side,one shot inches over Thompson’s cross bar but the Bloods managed the game well in the last fifteen minutes and nearly had a fourth deep into added time when substitute Faustin Makela’s shot forced a finger tip save from Johnson

Star man for the Bloods Domaine Rouse