It’s that time of year again! It’s time to get your balls ready for the new season. The lovely Helen Glinka will again be in charge of your balls this coming season & is ready to start to collect your pennies. Helen has assumed that unless told otherwise, balls are being retained & she will be at the game on Saturday 20th July to begin begging - sorry I mean collecting - bonus ball subs. It all starts with our first fixture on Saturday 17th August & will run for 36 weeks until our penultimate game of the season on April 18th 2020.
This means that the full season’s cost is £36. Helen is asking again for people to pay a minimum of £5 at a time but if you can pay more, or even pay for the full season up front, that would be great.
If you would like to make life even easier, you can pay directly into the club’s bank account. Please ask myself or John Eadie for details.
If you do not want to keep your ball please let me, John Eadie or Helen Glinka know as soon as possible before the start of the season so your number can be re-sold.
So good luck & as always, may your balls be lucky ones!
TRAFFORD 0 ALTRINCHAM 2
Tuesday 30th July 2019
Trafford produced another impressive display against non-league aristocrats Altrincham on Tuesday night but fell to a 2-0 defeat after conceding goals either side of half-time.
After early pressure by the visitors, Trafford almost took a surprise lead when Jordan Wynne struck a fine 25 yard drive that was touched onto the post by goalkeeper Tony Thompson.
At the other end, Matty Cooper brilliantly tipped a curling effort by Matty Chadwick over the crossbar, and on the half hour mark Thompson was in action once more, superbly saving one-handed to thwart a Joel Amado header.
In the 44th minute Phi Parkinson’s team broke the deadlock when Tom Peers was afforded too much space inside the Trafford penalty area and coolly steered his shot from 15 yards inside the left hand post.
And in the 54th minute Josh Hancock doubled Alty’s advantage when sloppy defensive play lead to a crisp drive from 20 yards that was deflected past the wrong-footed Cooper.
As is so often the case in pre-season friendlies, a raft of substitutions disrupted the flow and intensity of what had been an exciting encounter and the visitors dominated the remainder of the game without really troubling goalkeeper Cooper.
Trafford complete their preparations for the forthcoming season with two fixtures at the Home Estates Shawe View Stadium, entertaining Atherton Collieries on Tuesday night, kick off 7-45 p.m. and Scarborough Athletic on Saturday 10th August, kick off 3 p.m.
TRAFFORD TEAM: Matt Cooper, Harry Sheridan, Joel Amado, Laurence Taylor, Sam Baird,
Keil O'Brien, Jordan Wynne,Ross Davidson, Lewis Salmon, Darius Palma, Sam Grimshaw.
SUBS: Chris Palmer, Declan Rydings, Adam Farrell, Tom Schofield, Sam Egerton, Dougie Nyaupembe, Mike Jones.
TRAFFORD 2 SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 1
Tuesday 30th July 2019
Trafford completed their pre-season programme with an excellent performance against Premier Division Scarborough and can look forward to the forthcoming campaign with great confidence.
The hosts dominated the opening exchanges with Sam Grimshaw firing just wide of the far post in the 8th minute and Boro’ keeper Tom Taylor saving a Joel Amado effort two minutes later.
Grimshaw curled another drive inches wide in the 18th minute and Darius Palma broke clear shortly afterwards but Taylor blocked at point blank range.
In the 36th minute Palma atoned for that earlier miss when he gave Trafford the lead, coolly slotting the ball past the advancing Taylor after Trafford had sliced the Boro’ defence wide open.
The visitors came out for the second half in a much more determined mood and, boosted by a number of substitutions, began to show their pedigree, and in the 56th minute they levelled when Michael Coulson headed home at the far post following a slick move down the left.
Trafford once more assumed control and in the 78th minute the impressive Grimshaw released KaydeCoppin who saw his initial shot blocked by Taylor but had the wherewithal to head the rebound into the empty goal.
In the 82nd minute Adam Farrell should have made it 3-1 when he collected a misplaced header by Boro defender Barkworth but he hesitated and saw his shot defelected wide.
The final whistle signalled a superb victory for Tom Baker’s side but they must now focus their attentions on their league programme which begins on Saturday with a tricky trip to Tadcaster Albion. Then on Tuesday night Trafford host Workington at the Home Estates Shawe View Stadium, kick off 7-45 p.m.
TRAFFORD TEAM: Matt Cooper, Sam Baird, Joel Amado, Chris Palmer, Sam Egerton, Keil O'Brien,
Declan Rydings, Tom Schofield, Jordan Johnson, Darius Palma, Sam Grimshaw.
SUBS: Laurence Taylor, Jordan Wynne, Ross Davidson, Kayde Coppin, Adam Rooney, Adam Farrell.