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Bloods battle back to take a share of the points
Monday 11th March 2019 @ 09:32 by Mark Phillip

Evo-Stik West

Kidsgrove Athletic 3-3 Droylsden

There is never a dull moment watching Droylsden, the old adage says and the visit to Kidsgrove proved the theory.

Three goals down after 55 minutes and thankful for keeper Chris Thompson for not being even further behind, an inspired last 30 minutes saw two goals from Sefton Gonzales and an injury time equaliser from Dom Smith saw the points shared.

It was a quiet start to the game, the home team creating the early chances, Domaine Rouse forced into clearing off the line from Kyle Diskin while Kyle Blake’s effort from the edge of the area went narrowly over the cross bar.

But the home team suddenly began to dominate in the last 15 minutes of the first half. Anthony Malbon putting the hosts in front after the Bloods had lost the ball on the halfway line and broke down the right before the striker skilfully kept his cool to find the back of the net.

A minute later he could have had a second, bustling into the area only to see his effort fly across the face of goal. 

A minute later Kidsgrove had a second, Thompson saving well from Diskin before the ball fell to Malbon for his second and he nearly had a third just before half time, Thompson to the rescue smothering the ball after the striker was put through.

Manager Dave Pace made two changes at half time, Reece Webb Foster and Dom Smith coming on for Faustin Makela and Ismael Camara and started to throw men forward to get back into the game but continued to look vulnerable at the back.

Keeper Thompson was called into action with a superb double save at close range from Malbon before Diskin put the third effort wide.

On 57 minutes Malbon got his hat trick, superbly finding the top corner from the right hand edge of the area.

Droylsden looked dead and buried but the third goal seemed to rejuvenate them, Gonzales pocking the ball home from the edge of the six yard area with twenty five minutes remaining.

Three minutes later Michael Brewster’s goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by the fingertips of Harrison.

The Bloods were back in the game soon after, Brewster getting to the byline to cross for Gonzales to nod home for his second.

As the clock ran down both teams had chances, Grove substitute Valido Barai with the best shooting straight at Thompson after breaking down the left.

A minute into injury time, Droylsden levelled, Brewster again getting to the byline and crossing for Gonzales to head down, before Dom Smith got the final touch as it hit the back of the net.

In the dying seconds the Bloods nearly claimed a winner. Gonzales took the ball around Harrison only for the defender to clear.

By Nigel Barlow