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The Only Way Is Up for Droylsden FC
Saturday 25th October 2014 @ 10:27 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

This time last year, Droylsden were rooted to the foot of the table without a point to their name.

Little did they know that the opening 12 games were a sign of things to come, with the Butcher’s Arms outfit only managing a solitary win throughout their entire campaign.

The Droylsden FC badge

The Droylsden FC badge

The hellish nightmare, which resulted in the Bloods dropping to the Evo-Stik First Division North, was an unsavoury sight for all to see; especially manager Dave Pace, whose financial and emotional investment in the club has taken them to places beyond their wildest dreams.

Following heavy recruitment over the summer sabbatical, it seems last season’s hangover has well and truly gone, with the Blood’s lying fourth in the table (at writing) having picked up 21 points in their opening 11 games.

One of those summer signings is right back, Ally Brown, who is determined to make a name for himself at the eighth tier club.

With a wealth of experience to his name, the 26 year old Liverpudlian has one thing in mind; promotion.

And he is optimistic the team can match his expectations, with the dynamic defender telling Reporter Sport “We have one goal and that is to gain promotion.

“The management team have assembled a very competitive squad, which i am sure will be added to as the season progresses.”

With three players departing earlier this month, in the form of winger Matty Kosylo, Lee Rick and Darren Green, it appears room has been made for potential new signings. But that’s not to say the squad needs any improvement, especially in the attacking department, where the experience of Ciaran Kilheeney, fused with the physicality of Ben Deegan, have caused defensive problems all season.

Questioned about why there has been a reverse in fortune this term, Brown emphasised the importance of his manager’s style of play. He added “We have good players and we are playing well as a collective team.

“The way we play requires 11 players who are comfortable on the ball and want to play football.”

The former Trafford player knows what it takes to achieve promotion, having contributed to his former employer’s triumphant season in 2008. Having tasted success in the past, he is keen to sample more.

Brown outlined his long-term vision with the club and stated “I have won promotion out of the Division previously with Trafford and it felt like a fantastic achievement.

“I aim to help Droylsden to the same success, on the road back to Conference football.”

And with a team full of talent and brimming with confidence, it’s hard to doubt Brown’s ambitions.

Despite the right back maintaining the belief that it’s a collective team effort, he also hinted at some personal goals he wishes to achieve.

The versatility of the player, combined with his pace, has influenced the squads attacking prowess. His marauding run down the wing facilitated a goal earlier this month, where his inch perfect cross found the head of Ben Deegan who duly nodded home.

Brown detailed his enjoyment on both the offensive and defensive side of the game. He said “Having a chance to affect the game at both ends of the pitch gives me a large influence in the game.
“I have set myself a target of 10 goals for the season, but I also know as a defender I can help the team to secure those tight fixtures, such as the Scarborough game.

“Everyone had to dig deep away from home to secure the three points.”

The Bloods made a premature exit from the FA Cup last month, when they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley. The Conference North outfit were pushed to the limit and the hosts performance justified a replay.

Once the disappointment of defeat subsided, the pride began to filter through, and Brown reiterated his desire to give the town something to be proud of. He told us “It was very disappointing (to be eliminated from the cup) because we played well and dominated the game, but lost 1-0.

“The FA Cup would have brought some nice prestige to the club, which the supporters, management and all associated deserve after a couple of difficult years.”

The clubs tumultuous period has finally been broken, with the Bloods heading in the right direction once again. The stewardship of Dave Pace and Aeon Lattie, coupled with a hungry squad starved of success, has laid the foundation for brighter times.