Droylsden 4-2 Runcorn Linnets

A six goal thriller at the Butcher’s Arms saw Droylsden get their season underway with three points against newly promoted Runcorn Linnets.

Seven players made their debut for the club in the starting line up but it was old faces Sefton Gonzales and Liam Caddick who put the Bloods ahead before half time in in a first half of few chances.

Gonzales scoring from close range after 20 mins and Liam Caddick doubling the lead ten minutes later latching onto a loose ball to hit a long range past Dylan Forth in the Linnets goal.

The visitors looked more dangerous after conceding the second, Chris Thompson in the Bloods goal forced into saving a Louis Corrigan free kick which was heading for the top corner but the Bloods had a great chance to make it three on the stroke of half time when Domaine Rouse burst into the penalty area but was unable to finish

The visitors came back hard in the second half, and pulled a goal back eight minutes into the half,Freddie Potter scoring from close range.

They controlled the game for a while, a corner only needing a touch as it flew across the Bloods six yard box and they had the ball in the net on sixty five minutes only for the linesman to rile Paul Shanley’s header offside.

But against the run of play a second brilliant individual goal from Sefton Gonzales with twenty minutes seemed to have sealed the game for the home team, Gonzales latching onto a long ball,shrugging off the defender and rounding the advancing goal keeper to put the ball into an empty net.

But the visitors weren’t finished, Thompson was forced into a great save to deny Kieran Holt before Potter claimed a second converting substitute Sherlock’s cross with ten minutes left.

Potter could easily have had a hat trick just a minute later, his header from a Corrigan free kick going inches wide before Droylsden sealed it at the other end, Gonzales beating two defenders and setting up substitute Sam Madeley to head home

Star man for the Bloods Sefton Gonzales


Pre Season Friendly Droylsden 2-1 Witton Albion

A final run out for the Bloods saw Dave Pace’s team come from behind to score two late goals to clinch victory against Evo Stik Premier opposition.

New signing Chris Thompson made his debut in goal for the Bloods and made several crucial saves early on.

The visitors took the lead in the second half from the penalty spot through James Foley but Droylsden were level just one minute later with Sefton Gonzales scoring from close range at the far post and took the lead three minutes later through Sam Madeley.