Bloods Exit FA Cup
Wednesday 24th August 2016 @ 09:17 by Mark Phillip
Droylsden Football Sports

By Nigel Barrow

Droylsden’s interest in this season’s FA Cup came to an end after a lacklustre display at Radcliffe Borough’s Taurus stadium.

Two second half goals, one from the penalty spot from Boro skipper Jack Hindle cancelled out Steve Lewis’ first half strike and condemned Droylsden to their earliest FA Cup exit in twenty years.

Bloods made three changes to the team that drew 4-4 on Saturday, Phil Clarke, Russ Courtney and Jeff King coming into the starting eleven, and nearly fell behind after just three minutes in a near carbon copy of Saturday’s opening goal when a Rokka free kick cannoned off the crossbar with Coates beaten.

Droylsden lost their influential midfielder Luke Daly to a ligament injury just after the quarter hour mark, replaced by Young.

It was the Bloods that took the lead with their first real chance of the game, Jeff King combining well with Steve Lewis, the later running into the box along the touch line and somehow squeezing the ball under Johnson in the Boro goal.

The strike brought the home team to life, Domaine Rouse nearly putting the ball into his own net after deflecting Rokka’s free kick and two fine saves from Coates kept the Bloods ahead at the break.

Radcliffe equalised though with just four minutes on the second half clock, the referee pointing to the penalty spot after the ball hit the arm of a defender and Hindle converting.

Bloods were now on the back foot with Boro dominating,kept them on the back foot and with about a quarter of an hour left it was Hindle again who put the home team ahead, Bloods losing possession on the left hand side and with the danger seemingly dealt with, presenting Hindle with the ball inside the area to score past Coates.

Despite some late pressure from the Bloods with Liam Caddick getting a couple of chances, it was Boro who who will meet Spennymoor Town in the first qualifying round proper in a fortnight.