EvoStik Northern Premier League – Doodson Cup First Round

Tuesday 11 November 2014

by Gary Owen


The Bloods cruised through to the next round with this convincing victory over their higher-ranked opponents.

The visitors’ plight was not helped by the rather harsh dismissal of their goalkeeper, Ed Wilczynski on 26 minutes, but by that time Droylsden had already created numerous chances.

Read more: Trafford, Home 11/11/14

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EvoStik Northern Premier League – Division One (north)

Saturday 8 November 2014

by Gary Owen


Two early goals proved to be the difference between the two sides, with the Dolly Blues really making a game of it in the second half.

Droylsden scored on eight minutes when Ben Deegan headed the ball into the danger area for Ciaran Kilheeney’s volley to cause an almighty goalmouth scramble, before Ben Hampson finally stabbed home from close range.

The winning goal arrived ten minutes later from Dale Wright’s header, but the home bench was fuming when Droylsden were denied a clear penalty following a foul on Adam Morning that could have put the game to bed.

Instead, Lancaster appreciated their luck with the impressive Ryan Wilder shooting narrowly over and and Tom Kilfin missed a great chance to reduce the arrears before the break, shooting wide with only Russ Saunders to beat.

Just before that, though, a great run and cross at the other end by Morning found Kilheeney’s head, but he could only direct his effort straight at Mike Hale in the City goal.

After the re-start, Billy Akrigg shot over from a tight angle for the visitors, and moments later the same man was again off target, but this time following strong claims for handball in the box from the visiting players. 

Lancaster kept up their second half pressure, as Saunders did well to tip over a wicked dipping volley from Lee Dodgson, but Droylsden had the final chance when Hale was forced to save from Fernando Moke, with Kilheeney hooking the loose ball over the bar, and so the Bloods held out for their third successive victory to leave them sitting nicely in second spot in the table.


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Evo-stik Division One North - 1st Nov 2014

Colin Donald

Droylsden gained a valuable three points against a Warrington team with supposedly one eye on their forthcoming FA Cup First Round tie, although judging by their second half showing you wouldn’t have thought so.

The bloods took the first half honours with some neat passing football although Town showed some encouraging moments when they got their own game together as the half went on.

It was an early chance for Warrington on 3 minutes that saw Russ Saunders rush off his line to palm clear the danger from the oncoming Steven Foster after he had beaten the off side trap.

An Adam Morning free-kick was tipped over by Town stopper Karl Wills. The resulting Kevin Leadbetter corner was headed clear only as far as morning whose shot came off a defender and Ciaran Kilheeney was on hand to steer the ball home from an angle on the edge of the six yard box.

The Bloods went close to a second when a Leadbetter free-kick found Ben Deegan but neither him or Kilheeney could get enough on the ball to find the net.

After some good approach play Droylsden won another corner and leadbetter found the head of defender Ben Hampson who headed home from just outside the six yard box for a two goal cushion after 21 minutes.

Warrington received an unexpected lifeline right on the stroke of half-time when a long hopeful free kick was hooked over Saunders into his own goal by Kilheeney.

The Bloods seemed to take their foot off the pedal at the start of the second period as Warrington, encouraged by reducing the deficit at the end of the first half, pushed forward and had the ball in the Droylsden goal after a flick on from a throw in was slid under the advancing Saunders, but was ruled out for offside. Ben Wharton was denied by Saunders and then a neat passing move found defender Phillip Davies who cut inside Leadbetter but fired inches over.

Leadbetter then had a shot just over for Droylsden and soon followed that up with an effort that just evaded the top corner of the Town goal.

It seemed as though Droylsden wouldn’t get the third goal they needed but then a long ball from wide found Alex Frost who’s header in turn found Deegan, who powered a shot on goal inside the area. Wills made a point blank save, but the big centre forward looped in a header after the ball had spun back up, for his twelfth League goal of the campaign, to finally seal the three points.


DROYLSDEN:  Saunders, Brown, Hampson (Holden), Frost, Dogan, Wright (Burke), Myler, Leadbetter, Deegan, Kilheeney, Morning (Moke 59’). UNUSED SUBS: McNamara, McLoughlin

WARRINGTON TOWN:  Wills, Davies, Corrigan, Mannix, McCarten, Hardwick, Booth (Gahgan), Burke, Wharton, Foster (Ruane36’), Metcalfe (Durnin). UNUSED SUBS:  Rogers, Robinson.

Referee: Mr Michael Hanley (Liverpool).

Attendance: 223

MOM:  Ben Hampson

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EvoStik Northern Premier League – Division One (north)

Tuesday 28 October 2014

by Gary Owen

The Bloods got back to winning ways with this thumping victory over a rather poor Padiham side, and it took Dave Pace’s men just 16 seconds to score as Ciaran Kilheeney burst through to blast past the helpless Marcus Burgess.

Read more: Padiham. Home 28/10/14

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