EVOSTIK NPL Division One (North)

Tuesday 6 September 2015

By Gary Owen

On another day, Droylsden could have won this match, but the scoreline merely reflects how important it is to score when your team is on top.  Witton executed this well, whereas Droylsden will again woo their profligacy.

Consequently, it made for an enthralling encounter played at a good pace, and it was The Bloods who too an early lead through a Steve Hall deflected effort.

However, Albion were level within five minutes when a long pass caught the Droylsden defence napping to allow Lee Cropper to take a touch before despatching a fine effort past Craig Ellison from 15 yards.

The Northwich side took the lead on 26 minutes when a slip by the returning Jamie Tandy – his last contribution before retiring through injury – sold Jacob Wood short, and Cropper stole in to bag his brace for the evening.

Droylsden responded well with Fernando Moke going close on three occasions, one of which struck the upright, but Albion came back through Ben Mills, who ought to have done better with a free header from Cropper’s cross.

Mills struck the bar with another header after the break, and Cropper shot wide when he should have tested Ellison as Albion began the second period on the front foot.

Droylsden weathered that mini-storm, though, and Hall was denied by a good save from Daniel Roberts, with the Droylsden midfielder’s follow-up effort blocked on the line.

Home substitute Saul Henderson was then denied by the legs of Roberts in the Albion goal, before Albion punished those misses by making it 3-1 with a sweet goal of their own, a 20 yard effort from impressive substitute Alex Titchener with his first touch.

Ellison was forced into action to rob the ball from Titchener’s feet, before Mills hit the post following a slip by Lee O’Brien, with Ellison saving the rebounded effort.

Another effort by Titchener skimmed the Droylsden bar, before the same man saw a header saved by Ellison.

In added time, Titchener rounded Ellison to give the scoreline a little gloss, but Albion deserved their victory over the 90 minutes’ play.

DROYLSDEN:           Ellison, Bowyer, Tandy (Parkinson, 28’), O’Brien, Wood, Haynes, Mullen (Clarke-Adams, 58’), Hall, Smith D. (Henderson, 58’), Douglas-Pringle, Moke.  Subs. not used – Pino, Lyn

WITTON ALBION:     Roberts, Gardener, Green, Smith R. (Warburton, 86’), Lycett, Chadwick, Baker, Diskin, Cropper (Titchener, 70’), Mills (Dawson, 86’), Andrews.  Subs. not used – Beaumont, Bainbridge.

Referee:                     Mr. Mike Hanley (Liverpool)

Attendance:               118

Category: Match Reports