Bloods are on the up!
Wednesday 6th September 2017 @ 11:18 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Droylsden assistant manager Aeon Lattie has instructed his players to make the Butchers Arms a fortress this season as the Bloods go in search of promotion.

Alongside long-serving manager Dave Pace, Lattie is hoping his side can maintain the current form that has seen them embark on a six game winning run in all competitions.

The Bloods are competing in the Evo-Stik First Division North for a fourth consecutive season, and with confidence sky high in the changing room, there is an air of optimism that the squad can bring success this season.

Following Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Skelmersdale United, thanks to goals from Liam Caddick and Steve Hall, Lattie spoke to Reporter Sport and heaped praise on the performance. “I thought the first half was probably one of the best games I’ve seen us play – if not the best” said Lattie.

“I thought the tempo was high and I knew it was going to drop at some point, and barring a couple of goals I thought we did everything in that first half”.

Had Droylsden been more clinical in front of goal on Tuesday, they would now be celebrating a double figure score line.

And although Lattie rues those missed chances, he maintains that the main priority is to just keep winning. “The boys are saying it and it’s also good that you guys are seeing it and reflecting the same thing” said Lattie.

“We’re just happy that we’re winning and keeping the clean sheet, but we do recognise that someone is going to get a drumming off us at some stage”.

Of the six consecutive victories this season, two have come in the FA Cup against Ossett Albion and Colwyn Bay.

Droylsden’s reward for progressing in the competition is a tie at Lancaster City in the second qualifying round on Saturday, September 16.

Having returned from the Giant Axe Stadium with a 3-1 victory at the start of last season, Lattie is hoping for a case of déjà vu in two weeks time.

However, he understands that it will be no easy feat – especially with Lancaster now a division above them after claiming the title last season.

Looking ahead to the tie, Lattie said: “I think the nucleus of the side they had last season has stayed the same.

“We do get an opportunity next week to watch them as we play on Monday night, so we’ll have a look at them against Ashton.

“We’ve played them before and I don’t expect it to be any different from the side we’ve played against previously”.

While excitement is building ahead of the FA Cup tie, Lattie’s main focus is to guide his team to a seventh straight victory at Kendal Town on Saturday. He said: “I think confidence is high and I think last year, when we were on a run, we went to Kendal and played really well for the first 30 minutes, but then disaster struck and we got battered up there, so I think the boys will go up there and put that one right”.