Brighouse 0-1 Droylsden

The Bloods hung on to collect all three points despite being reduced to ten men halfway through the second half but will have felt that they could have put the game to bed at halftime

Dan Wilkins strike after eighteen minutes was the only goal of the game played in windy conditions at the Yorkshire payments stadium, the striker latching on to a deflected attempt by Michael Brewster.

It was a deserved lead, the Bloods could easily have been in front in the first minute, Clooney putting Murray through but the midfielder’s tame shot was easily saved by Smith in the home goal.

Only a last ditch tackle by a Brig defender prevented Rouse having a clear shot on goal but it was Rouse who had the best chance to double the lead,winning the ball on the half way line and breaking with only the keeper to beat but in attempting to round Smith, the keeper managed to grab the ball.

At the other end, the home team had their chances, two falling for Stewart, along ball over the top finding the striker who volleyed wide, then breaking from a Bloods corner, hitting a weak shot straight at Thompson.

On the half mark, Eddie Church had a glorious chance to equalise but sliced his effort horribly wide.

Bianga replaces the injured Colin Murray with ten minutes of the first half remaining and Danny Hewitt saw yellow just before the break.

Liam Caddick was an early second half change coming on to replace George West but lasted just 43 seconds, the refere showing a straight red for a two footed challenge.

The Bloods though remained organised with Clooney running himself into the ground as the lone striker.

Brighouse has chances to equalise, a Lazenby effort going just wide while a ball across the face of the goal needed just the slightest of touches to hit the back of the net.

But the Bloods defended well and counter attacked on the break, Clooney’s cross for Wilkins saw the goal scorer shoot over.

Substitute Heeley had a chance to equalise with just ten minutes left on the clock but shot wide and the Bloods stayed strong to take all three points and propel themselves up the table.

Star player for his work rate Rhys Clooney


Droylsden 2-1 Mossley

The Bloods claimed their first win of the season with a 2-1 Victory over local rivals Mossley on a hot Bank Holiday Monday at the Butchers Arms

Mossley took the lead against the run of play after twenty minutes when Ben Halfacre collected the ball  on the edge of the area hitting his shot into the top corner of Chris Thompson’s net.

Bloods levelled seven minutes before half time when skipper Domaine Rouse slotted home from the edge of the area after good work down the right from Diego Lattie

Droylsden lost Andy Langford just before half time colliding with midfielder Colin Murray as the two players tried to clear the ball.

In a tight second half with few chances, Droylsden took the lead when substitute Stephen Rigby scored directly from a free kick on the edge of the area, Forth parrying his effort is not the back of the net.

Rigby could gave claimed a third shortly afterwards bursting into the box only  for keeper Forth to save from close range.

At the other end as the visitors pressed for an equaliser Thompson saved from close range to deny substitute Keogh’s near post header.





Liversedge 1-0 Droylsden

The Bloods crashed out of the FA Cup at the Preliminary Round stage for the second year running on a hot afternoon in West Yorkshire.

A scrambled goal four minutes from time from Joe Kenny at the far post saw Liversedge claim a place in the first qualifying round following a disappointing performance from Dave Pace’s team.
The Bloods had chances to control the game, Aaron Burns unmarked heading wide from a Rigby free kick after just five minutes while Domaine Rouse created room on the edge of the area forcing a good save from Josh Hill in the Liversedge goal
Danny Wilkins forced a point blank save from Hill shortly afterwards after a precision cross from Clooney.
Liversedge also created chances, Zalo heading over from close range while Hamilton caused problems down the Bloods right side.
Minutes into the second half Droylsden had a great chance to take the lead, Rigby’s corner finding Rouse at the back post who saw his effort hit the crossbar.
As the second half continued, the home side looked the more likely to score, Chris Thompson making a good save low to his left from Sinclair before Liversedge with the tie heading to a replay, netting with four minutes to go.

FA Cup journey begins

The Bloods can take their minds off the league this Saturday as they travel into Yorkshire to meet, for, as far as we know the first time Liversedge Fc.

The team resides in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are so far unbeaten this season having taken seven points from their opening three games.

They have FA Cup form as well, back in season 2004-05 getting to the Fourth Qualifying Round, beating three higher-ranked opponents along the way.

In the extra qualifying round, they beat Manchester club Abbey Hey.

The Bloods will be hoping for a cup run after the disappointments of the last few seasons culminating in a defeat at this stage last season to Squires Gate, losing the replay after being 4-2 up at the Butchers Arms.


Widnes 3-1 Droylsden

Poor defending in the first half cost the Bloods this game but the home side’s failure to put away numerous chances nearly let Dave Pace’s team claim a point at the Halton Stadium.

Droylsden, in a poor first half,  found themselves two down inside fourteen minutes, both goals coming from man of the match Hodkinson.

The first from a break after Domaine Rouse lost the ball on the halfway line, the second from the penalty spot after being pulled down in the box getting the better of Diego Lattie.

The Bloods could have taken the lead after just six minutes when Danny Wilkins was put through on goal but took one touch too many round keeper Wheeler and pushed the ball wide.

It was one way traffic for the rest of the half with Hodkinson creating problems for the Droylsden defence, centring for Conor Ready whose effort was blocked and skilfully turning the Bloods defence only to shoot over with the goal at his mercy.

In between former Blood Shaun Holden shot inches wide from the edge of the area and Thompson saved low to his left from full back Steele.

After the restart, Steele had a glorious chance for a third getting behind the Droylsden defence only to lob Thompson and the Bloods crossbar.

Soon after came changes, Jamie Frost and Colin Murray on for Andy Langford and Jack Dorney and the men in blue sprang into life.

Wheeler saving from point blank range to deny Aaron Burns before a third change saw Rhys Clooney on for Rigby and it was the substitute who    Created the goal, his shot deflected for the corner which he took and found the unmarked head of Phil Clarke who scored in the top corner.

The Bloods now seemed the more likely to score again and really should have equalised when Wheeler under pressure dropped the ball with the hooked attempt coming back off the underside of the bar with just five minutes left on the clock.

But with Droylsden pushing for a second, Widnes substitute Klein Davies was allowed far too much time in the box to drill the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.



Droylsden 3-3 Colne

The points were shared in this opening day clash at the Butchers Arms in a game of  two halves,

The visitors took  a 3-1 lead into half time,Sefton Gonzales on his return to the Butchers Arms heading home from close range on twelve minutes after Droylsden had lost the ball on the half way line.

Colne could have got a second minutes later, Thompson saving well at the feet of Hazeldine before Droylsden equalised.

Rhys Clooney’s shot was well saved by Burton but Colne failed to clear and Liam Caddick picked up the ball just outside the area and fired home

Chippendale scored two in three minutes for Colne ,Gonzales laying off the ball for him to score the first from inside the area, the second from a penalty after Thompson had brought down Hazeldine as he burst through the centre of Droylsden’s defence.

The Blood were denied a second shortly after with Burton pulling off a brilliant point blank save to deny Aaron Burns.

A revitalised Droylsden started strongly in the second half and pulled one back on 51 minutes ,Clooney heading home for his first for the club from a superb Wilkins cross

Nine minutes later Droylsden were level,Caddick with his second threading the ball through the defence into the back of the net.


Fixture change for the Bloods

Droylsden will play league newcomers City of Liverpool on Tuesday 1st October at the Butchers Arms with a 7.45 kick off.

The game was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday but was postponed because of City of Liverpool’s involvement in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy.

The Bloods will now have a blank weekend on the 28th September