A few days ago Three Wise Men came baring gifts and if those gifts were three points then Droylsden manager Dave Pace would have probably been fighting Louis Van Gaal over the streets of Manchester for them as only one point was taken in this tasty derby match at The Butchers Arms this afternoon.
Both teams came into this game fresh after Saturday’s horrific weather which as decimated many communities in the north meant that Droylsden’s away game to Radcliffe Borough and Mossley’s home tie against Glossop were both called off.
Droylsden came out of the traps pretty well and looked set to make their mark early, Billy Cregg had a good effort parried in the opening exchanges before captain James Hampson missed the gift of an open net which went wide.
The home side finally broke the deadlock when Hampson easily slotted in on twenty five minutes from a long pass to make it 1-0 to the Bloods.
Mossley had limited attacks on goal with Godwin Abadaki having had a saved effort just seconds after the restart.
The Bloods almost doubled up before the half time oranges and bollockings when Cregg just let his lack of height let him down as he just missed a good heading opportunity from a cross from Daniel Grimshaw.
In the second half both teams were throwing caution to the wind as it got a bit chilly in this side of East Manchester, Mossley were doing their best to draw level while the home team wanted to get the game finished off.
Things took a different turn on the hour or so when referee Alan Clayton got injured and went to ground,as he did Mossley went upfield and scored but this was cancelled out,The excellent St Johns assisted him and while this was occurring an announcement went out for any qualified officials,brining Droylsden it’s own Jimmy Hill moment, thankfully the ref was fine to continue.
From here both teams tried to get the winning goal but even with eight minutes of added time no goal could be found despite many chances coming close to the net
Full Time,Droylsden 1 Mossley 1
A fair game in which a draw was probably unfair as both teams set out to get the points,Mossley were very physical with some of their defenders getting some very hard tackles in,Droylsden played their usual style of passing football and were unlucky not to be at least three up before the interval
All being well weather wise we shall be at Haydock on Wednesday for the Last Fling Chase