Droylsden 1 – 3 Harrogate Town

5 September 2012

A superlative display by Town saw them leave the Butcher’s Arms ground with a rare away victory over the Bloods.

Town, sporting their new all Blue away kit, dominated from the gun.

Home keeper Paul Phillips was in early action to deny Chib Chilaka from close range and it was fully ten minutes before Droylsden mounted a meaningful attack when skipper Joe O’Neill tested Jose Veiga with a swerving drive.

Town were handed an early advantage when after 16 minutes Dave Merris’s corner was swiftly returned into the box by Shane Killock and Nat Kerr headed into his own net while attempting to clear.

Town were in complete control and Alan White twice went close with two headers inside a minute,firstly, heading narrowly wide and then shaking the home crossbar.

Town, with debutant Leon Osborne proving a threat down the right flank, won a series of corners.

Paul Bolland and Luke Dean went close and Killock forced Phillips to produce a clawing save as his shot was bound for the top corner.

The half ended with Lee Elam sending Chilaka through, only for him to be denied by Phillips’s brave block.

After the break Phillips conceded an early corner from Osborne’s shot, before the Bloods survived a tremendous goalmouth scramble.

Droylsden sub Matt Walwyn created an opening for O’Neill,but Veiga saved the day with a timely dive at the forwards feet.

Just before the hour, Town looked to have made the game safe when Merris found Adam Bolder, whose through ball saw Chilaka turn on the proverbial sixpence and drive low into the far corner.

To their credit Droylsden rallied and Steve Hall and O’Neill shot wide,then after 78 minutes,O’Neill made it 2-1 from close range after Town had conceded an unnecessary corner.

However, Town’s fears were allayed with five minutes left when Bolder’s through ball to Chib Chilaka was unselfishly squared to Luke Dean, who shot into the empty net,giving Town a well earned victory.

Town 1 Veiga 2 Samuels 3 Merris 4 Bolder 5 White 6 Killock 7 Osborne 8 Bolland (c) 9 Chilaka 10 Elam 11 Dean

Subs (none used) 12 Johnson 14 Nowakowski 15 Blooomer 16 Stimpson 17 Meechan

Scorers Kerr (16 o.g) Chilaka 59 Dean 84 Bookings Elam

Attendance 202


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