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Match Reports

Saturday 16th February 2019  Trafford 0 v 2 Newcastle Town  


TRAFFORD 0 v 2 Newcastle Town

Evo Stik NPL West Division

TEAM: Elliot Wayne, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Elliot Harrison,

Matty Hughes, Curtis Jones, Danny Wilkins, Ross Davidson, Liam Ellis,

Lewis Nightingale, Matty Bryan.

SUBS: Jack Dorney for Harrison (62), Ally Brown for Palma (62),

Keil O'Brien for Nightingale (62), Laurence Taylor, Declan Rydings.

NEWCASTLE TOWN SCORERS: Orlando-Young (56), Cole (79)

Curtis Jones

Matty Bryan

Trafford’s hopes of promotion suffered another huge blow on Saturday when they were defeated 2-0 by Newcastle Town and ended the game with just nine men.

Visiting striker Jordan Cole spurned an early chance when he scuffed his shot wide from 10 yards whilst at the other end Danny Wilkins broke through but saw his close range volley well saved by Matthew Johnson.

In the 26th minute Town almost took the lead when dangerman Rod Orlando-Young clipped the ball past Elliot Wynne but Trafford skipper Chris Palmer saved the day with a superb goal-line clearance.

Liam Ellis then headed onto the roof of the net as play swung from end to end but defences were generally on top and the first half ended goal-less.

Seven minutes into the second half a shot by Trafford’s Lewis Nightingale was fumbled by Johnson but Liam Ellis just failed to convert the rebound.

In the 56th minute a moment of great controversy swung the game Town’s way and left Trafford with an uphill task.

As Trafford sought desperately to clear the ball in a frantic goalmouth scramble, Orlando-Young struck a hard low drive that Matty Hughes was adjudged to have handled. The referee pointed to the penalty spot, sent Hughes off and Orlando-Young crashed the resultant spot-kick past Wynne to put Town ahead.

Trafford manager Tom Baker made a triple substitution, introducing Keil O’Brien, Jack Dorney and Ally Brown and for a spell the ten men of Trafford pushed forward in search of the equaliser.

However, after Orlando-Young had twice gone close to doubling Town’s lead, Jordan Cole broke away in the 79th minute and, with Trafford vainly appealing for offside, clipped the ball past the advancing Wynne.

Trafford still refused to accept defeat and in the 89th minute a great move ended with Ally Brown blasting a shot from point blank range that was brilliantly saved by Johnson.

Just sixty seconds later the hosts were reduced to nine men when Jack Dorney upended James Steele and as he had already received a yellow card received his marching orders.

This defeat means that Trafford have now dropped to eighth place in the EvoStik League West Division and on Saturday they host an inform Ramsbottom United at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m