Bloods battered at in-form Tadcaster
Monday 26th February 2018 @ 10:56 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Tadcaster Albion 4-0 Droylsden


Two goals from Josh Barrett and strikes from Billy Whitehouse and Chris Howarth meant the Bloods have yet still to win a game in 2018.

In a lacklustre performance, despite having much of the ball for long periods, especially in the first half , Droylsden failed to produce the final killer pass while the opposition took the chances that they were presented with.

The Bloods had an early scare after just seven minutes when an Aiden Savory strike came back off the post.

Droylsden then had two early chances, Sefton Gonzales breaking into the box on the left and forcing Langton into a good save low to his right and then the same player crossing along the six yard box, the ball evading the lunging feet of Kilheeney.

Despite having much of the possession after that, they created few, if any opportunities and were made to pay three minutes before half time when they failed to clear a corner, and the ball played back into the area was headed home at the far post by an unmarked Josh Barrett.

From the restart, The Bloods had a great chance to equalise, Kilheeney’s shot going inches past the post with Langton stranded.

Dave Pace brought on all three subs in the next ten minutes, Shaun Holder replacing Ben Barber and Domaine Rouse and Steve Hall coming in for Danny Ventre and Callum Bagshaw but it was the home side that struck just minutes later.

From the corner Aiden Savory’s shot was blocked on the line, the ball coming out to Josh Barrett whose unstoppable shot flew high into the net.

Minutes later the home side should have made it three, Richie Branagan first denying Stewart in a goalmouth scramble before the ball fell for Savory who was unable to poke the ball home.

Tadcaster scored the third on 75 minutes, Billy Whitehouse’s free kick evading the Bloods wall and creeping inside Branagan’s near post.

The hosts capped off a memorable day with five minutes to go after notching their fourth of the afternoon. A brilliant run down the right from inside his own half by Sheppard whose cross found Chris Howarth who made no mistake from inside the area.

The defeat leaves the Bloods in tenth place in the table, six points off the playoff places.

By Nigel Barlow