Fixtures update

The final three fixtures to be arranged for the league season have been announced today.

The postponed game at Widnes will now be played on Monday 11th March, the abandoned home game with Glossop will be replayed on Tuesday 5th March and we will entertain Ramsbottom United at home on the 19th March, all games will kick off at 7.45


Droylsden 3-1 Newcastle Town

Two goals in the space of two second half minutes from skipper Michael Brewster capped a superb first half performance from Droylsden with the visitors unable to deal with the home team’s slick passing game.
The Bloods made one change to the team that started the abandoned game against Glossop two weeks ago bringing newly signed striker Reece Webb Foster in place of Phil Marsh who dropped to the bench.
After controlling much of the game, Brewster put the Bloods in front from close range after 24 minutes and doubled the lead from the penalty spot two minutes later after Steven Rigby had been felled in the area.
Liam Caddick had a great chance to make it three ten minutes later, his first strike saved well by Johnson in the Town goal and then putting the rebound over the bar from close range.
Town made a double substitution at the start of the second half which saw heavy rain and strong winds play a huge part in the play.
The Bloods continued to create chances in the heavy conditions,Steven Rigby shooting inches past the post from close range.
At the other end Town’s best chance of the game saw Cole’s header come back off the bar.
Sefton Gonzales went close for the Bloods , shooting inches wide after Antoine Clarke’s good work on the right.
With seven minutes left the visitors pulled a goal back through Jordan Cole with the home side appealing for offside but the home side sealed it two minutes later, Johnson’s clearance falling at the feet of Luke Daly who took his time before finding the back of the net.
Star man Dylan Smith for Droylsden

Further statement on yesterday’s abandonment

The club wishes to add to the following statement that it made yesterday.

We note the many comments that have been made on social media,however we are unable to make instantaneous decisions and respond to the many reactions, and instead we have to abide by the league rules.

The statement we posted yesterday merely reiterated the rules that we have to adhere to following the abandonment of the game yesterday and was purely to let the fans know we would not be issuing vouchers as per league rules but nothing further could be sorted following the abandonment of the match.

We are not allowed to unilaterally announce discounts, free entry or any other concessions to an Evo Stik game without league approval.

When we hear from the League following our report that has been submitted we will announce provisions for the rearranged game.

We hope this clarifies the situation and once again apologise to all supporters who made the journey to the Butchers Arms yesterday


Abandoned Match against Glossop

Following the abandonment of the game this afternoon against Glossop North End following a floodlight failure in the 47th minute, the club apologises to all spectators who journeyed to the ground

Regarding refunds we would refer spectators to League Rule 8.32

In the event that a match is abandoned before Half Time,the club playing at home will issue a voucher to each spectator valid for free admission if the match is ordered to be replayed.

In the event that the match is abandoned during or after the half time interval the club playing at home is not obliged to issue such a voucher


Chasetown 1-0 Droylsden

A first half strike from Will Whieldon decided this game in what was a poor performance from Droylsden and gave Chasetown their first home league win of the season.

On the quarter hour mark Flint’s cross found Hill who laided  the ball off to Whieldon whose strike ended in the top corner of Thompson’s net.
The shot was one of the few attempts that troubled either keeper.
Shaun Holden’s attempt after five minutes for the Bloods flying over the bar while on the half hour mark, a good run from Luke Daly from the right forced Pond into a save low down at his near post.
In between,Vaan’s free header from a Flint corner sailed over the bar for the home team.
Second half substitutions from Dave Pace which saw Phil Marsh and Ollie Ford replace Shaun Holden and Luke Daly failed to shake up what was a lethargic performance from the Bloods.
What few chances they created were poorly finished, the best falling to Liam Caddick who failed to keep the ball down from inside the area

Mossley 1-0 Droylsden

A Ben Halfacre goal a quarter of an hour into the second half settled this game between the local rivals yet the visitors will rue the missed chances that really should have settled the game before that

Halfacre’s goal, converting from a Ben Richardson cross deflected in the net off a Bloods defender, came as the home team came out of the blocks strongly in the second half after the Bloods had dominated the first forty five minutes.
Sefton Gonzales should really have put the Bloods ahead after being put in the clear by Rigby on the quarter hour mark but the striker had almost too much time to decide and Ollerenshaw saved well, Gonzales then heading the rebound over the bar.
The Bloods continued to create chances, both Liam Caddick and Luke Daly shooting across the face of goal from the right while Daly was denied by an outstanding save from Ollerenshaw just after the half hour mark, the Lillywhites keeper getting down low to divert the ball for a corner.
Mossley began to create chances after the break, Mark Fish heading wide from Halfacre’s  cross while Andy Keogh twice failed to convert from close range and the same player saw his header come back off the post from a corner.
Meanwhile the Bloods had their chances, Gonzales again put through only for his weak attempt to be cleared.Two minutes later, the striker nearly made amends for his miss, squaring from the byline to Caddick whose strike was cleared off the line.
But the Mossley goal seemed to stifle the Bloods football as the home team began to control the game.
Substitute Steve Mason saw his header come back off the upright on seventy minutes while Max Leonard did all the hard work before dragging his shot wide.
The Bloods weren’t finished, Gonzales for the third time was put through but failed to finish while Stephen Rigby’s strike from outside the area was tipped over the bar by Ollerenshaw.
Star man for the Bloods Stephen Rigby