Evo-StikNPL, Saturday 16 November 2013

by Gary Owen

 Droylsden were ultimately taken apart at high flying Skelmersdale, but only after they were reduced to ten men for most of the second half. Up to that point, The Bloods were very much in this game, although it was the high-flying home side who dominated possession.

The hosts opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Joshua O’Reilly headed in Shaun Tuck’s cross, but Droylsden were soon level when Domaine Rouse kept his composure to steer into an empty net after confusion in the home defence.

However, Skem reinstated their lead after Tuck exchanged passes with Dean Astburybefore firing past Sam Andrew, and that was not before Andrew had saved with his legs from Matty Hughes

Once again, though, Droylsden levelled matters with a debut goal from PavikFernandes-Balde, who stabbed home once Ryan McMahon had collided with his own player before dropping the ball from a Jamie Tandy delivery.

That was about as good as it got for The Bloods, because two minutes after the re-start, Ryan Hibbert was dismissed for a professional foul on Tuck, and from the resultant free kick Skem re-gained the lead that they never relinquished. The initial delivery struck the upright, and from the rebound, Skem also hit the bar, but Tuck eventually tapped home as Droylsden failed to clear.

Moments later, Astbury made it 4-2 with a smart shot on the turn under Andrew, which signalled the entrance of Aeon Lattie, who rolled back the years in an attempt to stem the tide and settle his side.

Rouse was unlucky to see his effort rise inches over the bar, before his free kick flew just wide of the upright. Between those efforts, Andrew made a great save at the other end, low to his left, to deny Kenny Strickland, which he followed-up with another superb stop to prevent Tuck’s strike from finding the top corner.

However, Andrew was beaten by a great goal from Hughes, beating The Bloods’ stopper from 25 yards with a beauty of a shot for Skem’s fifth.

As the game drew to a close, a raking pass from Rouse found the ever-willing Tandy on the opposite flank, and substitute Matt German should have done better than to side-foot the cross off-target, with Carlos Edmundson shooting over from the rebound.

Adam Morning then looked as though he had taken the ball too far when rounding Andrew, but he kept possession and eventually found the net to make it 6-2.

In added time, Droylsden pulled a goal back when Matt German atoned for his earlier miss by heading-in a Rouse free kick, but Tommy Lawson’s men had the last word when they made it 7-3 with the last kick of the match through Astbury.

Dave Pace missed the action whilst taking a planned break in Spain, and although the scoreline makes for hard reading, he would have been pleased with the character his team showed on the day.


SKELMERSDALE UNITED – McMahon, Strickland, O’Reilly, Hardwick, Wylie, Dunn, Hughes (Nicholson, 84’), Burton (Jackson, 78’), Astbury, Tuck, Ince (Morning, 65’). Subs not used – Ahmadi, Flood.

DROYLSDEN – Andrew, Knowles, Tandy, Hibbert, Mortimer, Mihell (McNamara, 77’), Edmundson, Freakes (German, 68’), Horan, Fernandes-Balde (Lattie, 54’), Rouse. Subs not used – McLoughlin, Brandao.

Referee:                                Mr.Barry Cropp (Blackpool)

Attendance:                           300

Category: Match Reports