Blue Square Bet North - Thursday 18 April 2013

 by Gary Owen

 Droylsden fought back from 0-2 down to salvage a point from this basement battle and had it not been for two disallowed goals in the closing stages, the Butcher’s Arms men would have come back with all three.

 However, it was the hosts who took advantage of their chances in the first period, both through Liam Canavan. For the first, Jack Lane made good ground down the right flank before crossing low, where Lewis Killeen turned the ball against his own post, and Canavan had the simple task of rolling the rebound into the Droylsden goal.

 Just after the half-hour mark, The Bloods failed to fully clear a ball into their box, and Canavan again capitalised to put the Knitters two up.

 Six minutes before the break saw the dismissal of Lane, following a late challenge on Rob Sissions, to give Droylsden a numerical advantage for the remaining 50 minutes.

 Jason Gilchrist saw his deflected shot held by Ashley Timms, before Flavien Chambaud screwed wide for the home side from a good position.

 Timms then held on to a strike from Carlos Logan, as did Latham from Luke Richards.

 However, Droylsden then hit two goals in six minutes, the first arriving from the boot of Matty Ward, striking across Timms into the far corner after he had beaten two defenders.

 Joe O’Neill then saw his header hit the bar from Logan’s free kick, and as Grant headed the rebound home he was flagged offside by the referee’s assistant.

 Droylsden did strike level when Sissons headed home at the far post from Logan’s deep cross.

With the man advantage and ten minutes still remaining, Droylsden sniffed a victory, and it looked as though they had secured it when Ward had only Timms to beat, but he pulled his shot wide.

 Another Grant effort was ruled out for what must have been a marginal offside decision, which saw the former Aldershot striker cautioned for dissent, and O’Neill saw his shot blocked in added time after a great run by Logan.

In the final minute, Richards got the better of Killeen and only had Latham to beat, but the Droylsden stopper held firm to prevent Hinckley from snatching an unlikely victory.


Hinckley United:            Timms, Kalonii, Branch, Chambaud (Bradshaw, 74’), Towers, Pickering, Lane, Hurren, Canavan, Richards, Brown (Moraka, 30’).

Subs. not used:            Lopez, Conway, Peet.

 Droylsden:                              Latham, Derbyshire, Killeen, Langford, Logan, Sissons, Chalmers (Ward, 63’), Gallagher, Grant, Gilchrist (O’Neill, 63’), Cox.

Subs. not used:               McEvilly, Hall, Lattie.

 ATTENDANCE:                 187

 REFEREE:                            Mr. Martin Dexter (Leicester)


Category: Match Reports