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Droylsden make it back-to-back victories with FA Trophy win
Monday 30th October 2017 @ 11:23 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

FA Trophy first qualifying round

Ossett Town 1-3 Droylsden

First half goals from Liam Caddick and Dominic Smith booked the Bloods place in Monday’s FA Trophy second round draw at a blustery Ingfield.

It was the home team that provided the early chances though and Droylsden had keeper Ritchie Branagan to thank for two fine saves to keep them in the game in the first fifteen minutes, first leaping to his left to deny a superb Emile Sinclair strike from the edge of the area and then saving with his legs when the same player took advantage of a ball over the top helped by the strong wind.

After those two early scares, Bloods began to get into the game.Centre half John Shaw was allowed to run into the home teams half and set up up Dom Smith whose first time shot flew just over the bar.
Minutes later Jamie Frost should have put the Bloods ahead, hesitating to give Overton the opportunity to save in the Ossett goal but the home team failed to clear their lines giving Frost the opportunity to set up Liam Caddick who made no mistake with his strike into the net.

Ossett came back into the game after the goal, an unmarked Danny South header from a corner going just wide whilst the same player’s chip over an advancing Branagan just evaded the net.
However it was the Bloods who doubled their lead five minutes before the interval. Awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, Luke Daly tapped the ball to Dominic Smith who strike found the bottom corner of the net.

Ossett came out strong in the second half, using the wind to their advantage and the Bloods quickly found their goal under siege and eight minutes in, the home team pulled a goal back, skipper Alex Peterson firing in at the far post.

The home team continued to press with Droylsden defending well for a quarter of an hour period with the Bloods goal under siege but they weathered the storm and began to create chances of their own, the best falling to Dom Smith, only a last second saving tackle by an Ossett defender preventing the big striker from being through on goal.

With Ossett pressing forward looking for the equaliser, gaps began to appear at the back and deep into second half injury time, the Bloods put the game to bed with substitute Shaun Holden firing home from inside the box.

By Nigel Barlow