Northern Premier League Cup Semi Final


Droylsden 3 : Bishop Auckland 2

6 March, 2004



Report from John Cowey - 6 March, 2004


Team:  Riches, Rowe, Foster , Ross, West, Hope, Moore, Robson (Shingleton 81mins), Maddison, Scaife, Irvine


Bishops were at their most competitive for their away semi final at Droylsden, but gifted Droylsden goals at key points to lose in disappointing fashion.  The game began on a bright day in front of Bishops' best away support for some time, and a few Droylsden followers.


The first half was even with few clear cut chances at either end.


1st Half:  Spot the Ball


Bishops best chance came from a flowing move involving Stuart Irvine who fed Hope in space, but his shot flew over the bar.  


1st Half:  Moore inflicts pain


Droylsden showed little class on the day, and the only danger posed by their two forwards was from their flailing elbows which appeared at every conceivable occasion.


1st Half:  Foster and West at the other end


The first half appeared to be ending honours even when Droylsden struck in the 47th minute when Foster's clearance up the line bounced fortuitously and was crossed to an unmarked forward to tap home an undeserved opener.


1st Half:  Irvine shows his class


Bishops came out fighting in the second half and should have been awarded a penalty on 49 minutes when Scaife was felled in the box, but the referee incorrectly waved play on.


But an equaliser came soon after when on 52 minutes Irvine stroked home Maddison's excellent pass.  A wonderful goal, and Bishops proceeded to batter the supposedly superior Droylsden team with a series of attacks which had the "bloods" in disarray.


However, Bishops again gifted Droylsden the lead when overplaying in defence as Robson was robbed and Droylsden punished the uncertainty with a clinical finish.


The game looked up when Scaife was robbed deep in his own half, and a third was added on 77 minutes.


Bishops immediately hit back and on 80 minutes the overdue penalty was awarded when Droylsden's No.5 handled in the area.  Irvine blasted home his 22nd of the season.


Pressure continued, but the best chance came on 92 minutes when substitute Shingleton fired over from close range with the goal at his mercy.


2nd Half:  Last chance gone




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