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Match Reports

Saturday 13th October  2018   Trafford 1 v 2 Ramsbottom Utd  (FA Trophy)


TRAFFORD 1 v 2 Ramsbottom United

FA Trophy Preliminary Round

TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer, Jimmy Moore,

Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Jack Dorney, Andy Langford,

Aaron Burns, Declan Rydings, Matty Bryan.

SUBS: Ross Davidson for Ally Brown (46), Mark Derbyshire for O'Brien (60), Laurence Taylor for Langford (78), Lee Wilshaw, Mason Mostyn


RAMSBOTTOM UTD SCORERS: Rodney (29), Kennedy (51)


Andy Langford

Declan Rydings

Despite the gale force conditions, both teams defied the elements to produce some excellent football with the visitors coming from behind to reach the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

Trafford made the perfect start when, after just three minutes, Jimmy Moore released Aaron Burns who outpaced the Rammy defence and slotted the ball past the advancing Sam Ashton.

Play swung from end to end and Trafford had a miraculous escape in the 27th minute whenKeil O’Brien misdirected a back pass, Nick Evangelinos fed Eddie Moran, but with a goal appearing certain Matt Cooper saved the day with a fine block.

However, just two minutes later Rammy atoned for that miss with the equaliser when the ball was flighted in from the left and Nialle Rodney rose to head in unmarked at the back post.

There were few chances for the remainder of the first half with Trafford centre back Sam Heathcote coming the closest with a free kick from 20 yards that flew inches wide.

Six minutes into the second half Rammy were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Trafford penalty area and Tom Kennedy completely deceived goalkeeper Matt Cooper when he clipped the ball over the wall and into the bottom right hand corner to put the visitors ahead.

Two minutes later Cooper saved brilliantly to push a Nialle Rodney free kick to safety whilst at the other end Aaron Burns headed a Ross Davidson cross just wide.

Kyle Jacobs struck a thunderbolt from 30 yards just over as Rammy sought a third but the final twenty minutes belonged entirely to Trafford as they lay siege on the Ramsbottom goal.

Rammy defended brilliantly as the hosts won corner after corner and in the 81st minute Aaron Burns was desperately unfortunate not to level when he glanced a Chris Palmer cross inches past the upright.

Sam Ashton then tipped a cross cum shot by Burns over the crossbar and in the dying seconds Mark Derbyshire released Burns but the leading goalscorer blasted over.

Despite giving their all, Trafford were unable to snatch an equaliser and their attention now turns to next Saturday’s league encounter with Colwyn Bay at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.