Clarke clashed with Brighouse forward Jack Stockdill after just four minutes of play and the game was delayed by an hour while paramedics attended to him on the field for a suspended broken leg.
Just after 4.00pm the game restarted with Yomi Samuels replacing Clarke but the game was somewhat subdued for a while after the incident.
The home team created what few early chances there were, Stockdill’s free kick from the edge of the area coming back off the post with Coates stranded in the Bloods goal.
Two minutes later, Brighouse took the lead from a corner, Dan Illingworth getting the final touch after a flick came back off the bar and they doubled their lead six minutes before half time when Kurt Harris turned the Bloods defence on the right hand edge of the area, and hit the top left hand corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance.
A little unfortunate to be two goals down, Droylsden came out in the second half looking a different team.Early shouts for a penalty from what looked like a certain handball from a Brig defender were waved away by the referee but the Bloods soon had a goal back,Tom Peers getting between defender and keeper to loop his header into the top corner.
Three minutes later they were level, Luke Daly, who had been busy in midfield all game collecting the ball on the edge of the area, and striking his short low into the bottom corner.
The away team were controlling the game now and on sixty seven minutes were in front, a brilliant run into the area by skipper Domaine Rouse beating several Brig defenders before squirting his shot in the back of the net past the helpless Taylor in goal.
Bloods continued to press and looked the team most likely to score again but it took a last minute superb save from James Coates to keep all three points for Dave Pace’s team.
Star player for the Bloods Luke Daly