TWO MORE POINTS DROPPED AT HOME ! TRAFFORD 2 v 2 Kendal Town Saturday 8th April 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Ally Brown, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Ryan Ellison, Josh Granite, Kinglsey Williams, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns, Andy Keogh, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Andy Langford for Williams (61), Ashley Woods for Burns (67), Jack Dorney for Keogh (74), Liam Brownhill, Mark Derbyshire. TRAFFORD SCORERS: Keogh (19), Burns (61), KENDAL TOWN SCORERS: Dudley (86), Freeland (90)
Trafford conceded two late goals at home on Saturday to severely dent their play-off
hopes in front of nearly 300 fans at a gloriously sunny Shawe View. The visitors
did not seem to present any worthy challenge in the first half and Tom Baker will
be questioning his team’s mental ability after failing to close out the game from
a comfortable position. They have now drawn 15 league games despite one of the best
away records in the league.
Trafford started brightly with Craig Linfield dragging a shot wide after 11 minutes.
However, there was a wake-up call after 15 minutes when a ball over the top caught
the Trafford defence square but fortunately the lively Matt Dudley flashed over for
Two minutes later Aaron Burns put Luke Horrocks through the middle and his poke through
to Linfield resulted in a tame shot at Will Kitchen in the visitor’s goal. Burns
was provider once again two minutes later, this time Andy Keogh made no mistake,
slipping the ball under the advancing ‘keeper. Trafford were now controlling the
midfield but there was no real urgency in play. Any chance that the visitors had
resulted in a long ball to Dudley who was leading the Kendal line well.
Trafford started the second half brightly with Kingsley Williams playing in Keogh,
his pass to Linfield was blazed over the bar. Linfield and Ally Brown were having
joy down the right flank and on 51 minutes it was this combination who fed Williams
but he could not get enough on the ball and the Kitchen gathered easily. More play
down the right ten minutes later saw the ball break for Anthony Griffiths who found
Burns on the edge of the box. He steadied himself and curled a left foot shot past
the static ‘keeper.
Trafford were now in control and should have seen the game out. A number of substitutions
by both teams slowed the game down but the home fans were feeling confident. The
midfield play became scrappy and a number of free kicks to the visitors saw their
impetus increase as the game wore on. It was one of Kendal’s substitutions who proved
to make the difference. Adam Freeland surged down the right in the 86th minute and
sent a deep cross to the back post where Matt Dudley headed home. It was Freeland
who broke Trafford hearts deep into injury time when he poked home the winner after
Terry Smith failed to hold on to a left wing free kick.
Trafford have two games left this season with their last home game on Easter Monday,
17th April, kick off 3pm.
Trafford got their play-off push back on track on Easter Monday in front of 325 fans
at Shawe View. Trafford had no game on Saturday due to most of the league playing
games in-hand and those matches could not have gone any worse for Tom Baker’s men.
Having sat in 4th place prior to the weekend, they ended up going into the bank
holiday clash in 8th place as all their rivals won. It meant that only a win would
do for this clash.
The nerves were evident in the first ten minutes with both teams guilty of carelessness
in midfield. Former Trafford favourite Tom Schofield was making his first start
for the visitors after a lengthy lay-off and it seemed he was enjoying playing back
at Shawe View.
The game burst into life in the 11th minute when Craig Linfield slipped his marker
down the right wing and sent a low cross across the face of goal. Visiting skipper
Sam Barnes was adjudged to have handled the ball as he lunged to clear in front of
his goalkeeper. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Aaron
Burns coolly stroked the resultant penalty into the bottom corner.
The midfield battle was hotting up and Anthony Griffiths was given the task of dealing
with the lively Schofield. Both men were getting stuck in and in the 28th minute
the referee blew for a foul and booked Griffiths. The resultant free kick broke
to Danny Andrews who flashed the ball back in to be bundled home by Barnes, atoning
for his earlier mistake. There were shouts for a foul, but neither the referee nor
linesman saw anything amiss and awarded the goal.
The goal sparked Bay into life and the lively Danny Bartle was causing problems for
the home defence. A series of corners were won but the Trafford back line were resolute
and looking fired up. Terry Smith was also in the thick of it, getting his fingertips
to a stinging drive from Louis Corrigan, tipping it onto the crossbar.
Trafford were getting back into the action and in the 40th minute some nice interplay
between Burns and Ash Woods saw a cross cleared. Two minutes later Woods broke down
the right, holding off a challenge but his cross was too strong for the onrushing
Burns. The half ended with a ball out of defence to Burns who drove forwards but
his shot was straight at Karl Wills in the opposition goal.
The hosts came out after the break in determined mood and Lee Neville and Craig Linfield
were seeing plenty of the ball and getting crosses in. Bay also had their chances
and Schofield linked up with Astley Mulholland on 54 mins who crossed to Bartle who
put wide under good pressure from Andy Langford.
Jack Dorney and Lee Neville were linking up well with Linfield down the Trafford
left but could not get the goal they were pushing for. The game then turned on its
head in the space of a minute. Mulholland was released down the left and he cut
inside Liam Brownhill who did his best not to foul the advancing striker. It seemed
as if Langford had averted the danger by shepherding the ball out of play, only for
the referee to adjudge he had committed a foul and pointed to the spot. Danny Andrews
stepped up for Bay, but Terry Smith dived down to his right to keep the ball out.
The ball broke back to Trafford from the resulting corner and substitute Mark Derbyshire
fed Neville who slipped the ball through to Dorney who couldn’t miss from 6 yards
The game continued to provide value for the fans with its end-to-end excitement.
The home fans were hoping that this time the Whites could hold on to their lead.
They should have done more than hold on with substitute Ally Brown providing some
extra pace against some tired legs. It was Brown himself who should have sealed
it in the 88th minute when he sliced wide from the edge of the box when clear through.
The referee’s whistle came after a nervy 5 additional minutes leaving Trafford with
one last chance of a play-off place if they beat Yorkshire rivals Ossett Town away
ONE MORE CHANCE FOR THE PLAY OFF’S TRAFFORD 2 v 1 Colwyn Bay Monday 17th April 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Andy Langford, Josh Granite, Jack Dorney, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns, Ashley Woods, Craig Linfield. SUBS: Mark Derbyshire for Woods (64), Ally Brown for Mark Derbyshire inj (78), Andy Keogh for Burns (87), Ryan Ellison, Kingsley Williams. TRAFFORD SCORERS: Burns (12 pen), Dorney (68) COLWYN BAY SCORERS: Barnes (29)
Trafford fell an agonising two points short of a play-off spot on Saturday following
their 1-1 draw at Ossett Town, ending the season in a creditable but ultimately frustrating
Creative football was virtually impossible on the hard, uneven surface and Trafford
were given an early scare when a glancing header by Alex Peterson flew past visiting
keeper Terry Smith but was ruled out for offside.
There was little goalmouth action as both sides resorted to long balls, Trafford’s
first attempt on goal falling in the 24th minute when Jack Dorney struck a drive
from 20 yards just past the upright.
In the final minute of a disappointing first half Ossett striker Danny Frost blasted
a low shot from 25 yards that was pushed around the post by Terry Smith.
The hosts started the second half on top with Jason Yates twice going close, firing
just wide from the edge of the penalty area and then heading straight at Smith from
just eight yards.
And in the 52nd minute disaster struck for Trafford when they were caught napping
as Ossett took a quick throw in, the ball was whipped in from the right and Tyrone
Gay timed his run to perfection to turn the ball past Smith.
Trafford were now really up against it and manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes
Andy Keogh, Ally Brown and Kingsley Williams in an attempt to force their way back
into the game.
But the home defence, marshalled by the impressive Gay, looked impenetrable and in
the 83rd minute Ossett should have doubled their lead when Danny Frost broke clear
but thankfully chipped the ball over the advancing Smith and over the crossbar.
In the 90th minute Trafford were thrown a lifeline when Liam Brownhill swung over
a corner from the right and Lee Neville rose superbly to power a header past Leigh
The magnificent Trafford supporters roared on their players in pursuit of an unlikely
winner and Brownhill struck a powerful drive from the edge of the area that was blocked
But it was not to be and the final whistle signalled the end of a season that had
promised so much but had ultimately fallen just short for Baker’s Boys.
TWO POINTS SHORT OF THE PLAY OFF’S Ossett Town 1 v 1 TRAFFORD Saturday 22nd April 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Andy Langford, Josh Granite, Jack Dorney, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns, Ashley Woods, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Andy Keogh for Lindfield (67), Ally Brown for Woods (72), Kingsley Williams for Horrocks (74), Chris Shuker, Saul Lomax-Newton. OSSETT TOWN SCORER: Gay (52) TRAFFORD SCORER: Neville (90 + 1)