Trafford conceded four goals in the final twenty minutes to suffer a devastating
defeat that severely dents their hopes of securing a promotion play-off place.
Josh Greening almost put the hosts ahead after just four minutes when he chipped
wide from the edge of the area and in the 9th minute Trafford took the lead when
Ash Woods crossed for Andy Keogh to turn neatly and fire into the bottom corner.
Craig Lindfield almost made it two with a fine volley in the 21st minute that flew
inches wide but defences were on top for the remainder of the half and Trafford went
into the interval with a single goal lead.
Tom Baker’s side dominated the opening stages of the second period with some superbly
composed possession football and they doubled their lead in the 50th minute when
Albion right back Jordan Armstrong mistimed a header from a Kingsley Williams cross
and Craig Lindfield blasted home from six yards.
Lindfield then limped off to be replaced by Aaron Burns and Ash Woods made way for
Ally Brown and these changes appeared to upset the rhythm of the visitors.
Albion substitute Carl Stewart pulled a goal back in the 71st minute when he reacted
first to a loose ball and a minute later a right wing corner was headed home by Greg
Anderson to make it 2-2.
It was now all Albion and after Jonathan Greening had fired over from 15 yards, Stewart
struck again when he outpaced the Trafford defence and slotted the ball past Smith.
The visitors looked down and out but in the 85th minute substitute Mark Derbyshire
collected the ball 25 yards from goal, cut inside and rifled a magnificent drive
into the top corner.
After being put under intense pressure for so long, Trafford would have been happy
with a point but it was not to be, and in the 89th minute Josh Greening capitalised
on some woeful defending to net from 12 yards and give a final score-line of 4-3.
Tom Baker’s side will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they
travel to Ramsbottom United for a league fixture kicking off at 3 p.m
FOUR GOALS CONCEDED IN TWENTY MINUTES ! Tadcaster Albion 4 v 3 TRAFFORD Tuesday 21st March 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Alex Frost, Andy Langford, Kingsley Williams, Chris Palmer, Ashley Woods, Andy Keogh, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Aaron Burns for Lindfield (54), Ally Brown for Woods (66), Mark Derbyshire for Williams (76), Greg Daniels, Luke Horrocks. TADCASTER ALBION SCORERS: Stewart (71, 81), Anderson (72), Greening (89). TRAFFORD SCORERS: Keogh (9), Lindfield (50), Derbyshire (84).
The travelling Trafford faithful enjoyed a day in the sun on Saturday as Tom Baker’s
team completed a comfortable 2-0 win over Ramsbottom Utd. Baker’s boys showed their
intent in the eighth minute when an Ash Woods cross was headed over by Greg Daniels,
the home keeper getting a vital touch to put the striker off. Andy Keogh was proving
to be a handful with a couple of chances, the first a header over the bar from a
Liam Brownhill corner and then a shot wide after Brownhill again had provided the
Ash Woods was getting into the action after sustained Trafford pressure resulted
in the ball breaking to him but his shot was just wide of the far post. The Rams
then showed some fight and a free kick on the edge of the box was headed over by
Lee Gaskell on 37 minutes. Bradley Roscoe then had a header tipped over by the alert
Terry Smith three minutes later. The half ended as it began with Keogh heading just
wide from a great left wing cross by Lee Neville.
Trafford’s dominance continued into the second half and on 48 minutes Neville met
Brownhill’s cross with a fierce drive, but Martin Fearon in the home goal tipped
the ball over the bar. Eventually the deadlock was broken on the hour mark. The
ball out from a throw-in fell to Luke Horrocks in a central position 25 yards out.
He picked his spot and curled the ball past the static keeper, in off the post.
A moment of madness then followed for the Ram’s goalkeeper, Fearon. Ash Woods chased
down a ball that the keeper gathered, but he raised his studs and kicked the Trafford
striker in the chest. The referee had no choice but to show a red card and Woods
coolly slotted the resultant penalty past stand-in keeper Dean Stott.
The game then became scrappy with Trafford unable to assert their dominance with
them sloppy in possession. However, they comfortably saw the game home and will
use the win to consolidate third place in the league as they look to push on to cement
a play-off place over the next few weeks.
TRAFFORD REWARD THE TRAVELLING FAITHFUL Ramsbottom United 0 v 2 TRAFFORD Saturday 25th March 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Ryan Ellison, Josh Granite, Ally Brown, Luke Horrocks, Ashley Woods, Andy Keogh, Greg Daniels. SUBS: Andy Langford for Daniels (70), Aaron Burns for Woods (78), Mark Derbyshire for Horrocks (59), Alex Frost, Kingsley Williams. TRAFFORD GOALSCORERS: Horrocks (59), Woods (61pen)
A 25 yard thunderbolt by Luke Porritt earned Albion the points and severely dented
Trafford’s play-off hopes.
The hosts dominated for most of the game with skipper Josh Granite heading straight
at Brett Souter in the 10th minute and Ash Woods squandering a great chance three
minutes later when he broke clear but was denied by a brave block by the Albion keeper.
The visitors defence was superbly marshalled by captain Stefan Holt and Trafford
had to wait until two minutes before the interval for another goal-scoring opportunity,
Woods pulling the ball back from the dead-ball line and Greg Daniels blazing his
shot well over.
And in the dying seconds of the first half Albion had their first attempt on goal
when Rob Bordman blasted a free kick from 20 yards that was blocked by Luke Horrocks.
The second half began in a similar vein with Trafford enjoying all the possession
but still struggling to create any chances of note.
Ash Woods produced a great turn in the 52nd minute but saw his shot blocked by Greg
Hunter and on the hour appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears when Ally Brown appeared
to be impeded as he cut in from the right.
Another Bordman free kick was held at the foot of the post by Terry Smith but most
of the play was centred on the Albion penalty area with Trafford substitute Craig
Lindfield twice heading wide at the back post.
In the 76th minute disaster struck for Tom Baker’s Boys when Luke Porritt collected
the ball in midfield and rifled a tremendous drive past Smith and into the top corner.
Trafford poured forward in search of the equaliser but once more they were unable
to fashion any openings and keeper Souter was relatively untroubled.
The final whistle signalled a devastating defeat for the hosts who slip down to fourth
in the table, but they can now be overtaken by both Colne and Ossett Town
On Saturday Trafford are in action at Shawe View once again when they entertain Kendal
Town, kick off 3 p.m.
HOME DEFEAT DENTS TRAFFORD’S PLAY-OFF HOPES TRAFFORD 0 v 1 Ossett Albion Saturday 1st April 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Ryan Ellison, Josh Granite, Ally Brown, Luke Horrocks, Ashley Woods, Andy Keogh, Greg Daniels. SUBS: Craig Lindfield for Daniels (56), Mark Derbyshire for Woods (64), Aaron Burns for Brownhill (64), Andy Langford, Kingsley Williams. OSSETT ALBION GOALSCORER: Porritt (76)