Blue Square Bet North – Monday 1 April 2013

 by Gary Owen

 The day finally arrived when Droylsden were consigned to relegation from the Blue Square Bet North for the first time in their history. This defeat on the Wirral, combined with Corby Town’s victory, meant that the gigantic chase was over.

 The game itself summed-up Droylsden’s sorry season – lacklustre up front, leaky at the back, but capable of holding good midfield possession. However, without the necessary elements at either end of the pitch, midfield possession counts for nothing.

 The Bloods probed well early on through Steve Hall and John Grant, but with no end product, and when a mis-placed pass from Sam Minihan was pounced upon by Craig Mahon, resulting in Ashley Stott shooting narrowly wide, that was a sign of things to come.

 It was Stott who broke the deadlock on 22 minutes, steering home after the Motormen had held the ball up well in the Droylsden box.

Droylsden responded well as Grant shot straight at Zac Jones and Lee McEvilly steered an effort too high and wide, but the Motormen’s lightening counter-attacking and clinical finishing was again on display as Stott recorded his brace on 35 minutes.

Either side of that goal, Karl Noon had shot wide and saw another strike saved by Aaron Ratchford, but Vauxhalls soon made it 3-0 when Lewis Killeen lost possession in the left back area, and Motors worked the ball to Dan Fearnehough just inside the box, whose first time effort beat Ratchford.

The Bloods battled on after the break with Grant heading Adman Ahmed’s deep cross straight at Jones from a tight angle, but Motors killed the game of with a splendid goal on 52 minutes, as Tom Rutter volleyed in Mike Burns’ corner kick at the near post.

 Both sides had further chances, but there were to be no further goals. Matty Ward stung the palms of Jones, and at the other end Andy Nicholas hooked over after Ratchford had dropped the ball.

In the closing stages, Ahmed had Jones at full stretch to tip over his effort, and Sissons saw a volley fly just wide from Ward’s corner, but there was to be no way back for Dave Pace’s men, who left the field facing the prospect of Northern Premier League football next time (barring any administrative ‘get out of jail’ cards).


Vauxhall Motors:            Jones, Roberts-Nurse, Wainwright, Hannigan (Kocsis, 80’), Nicholas, Fearnehough (Martindale, 84’), Mahon (Anoru, 71’), Burns, Rutter, Stott, Noon.

Sub. Not used:            Ellison

Droylsden:                  Ratchford, Minihan, Killeen, Langford, McEvilly (Chalmers, 64’), Sissons, Derbyshire, Ahmed, Grant, Gilchrist (Ward, 64’), Hall (Cox, 64’).

Subs. not used:            O’Neill, Latham.

REFEREE:                                        Mr. Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire)

 ATTENDANCE:                             148

Category: Match Reports