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Saturday 20th January 2018 Trafford 0 v 2 Brighouse Town
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TRAFFORD 0 v 2 Brighouse Town
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Chris Palmer, Declan Rydings, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Keil O’Brien, Laurence Taylor, Scott Sephton, Aaron Burns, James Dean, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Michael Monaghan for Taylor (56), Andy Keogh for Dorney (56),
Mark Derbyshire for Palmer (70), Sean Yeldrem, Mason Mostyn.
BRIGHOUSE TOWN SCORERS: Fairhurst (50), Heeley (59)
A surprisingly lacklustre performance by Trafford dented their play-
The visitors were in control from the start with Aidan Kirby curling a shot over from the left and Iwan Heeley blasting a free kick that was held at the second attempt by Grant Shenton.
Shenton then misjudged a deep cross by Rhys Jenkinson that bounced back into play off the crossbar and Trafford’s first attempt on goal came on the half hour mark when James Dean and Aaron Burns linked neatly with the latter firing straight at Chris Butt from just outside the penalty area.
Butt produced a full length save to thwart Dean but a generally disappointing first half came to a close with Adam Field whistling a drive inches wide of Shenton’s left hand post.
Within five minutes of the restart Brighouse forged ahead when Trafford midfielder Jack Dorney was dispossessed on the half-
Fairhurst almost struck again three minutes later when he glanced a header wide of the near post and Trafford manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Andy Keogh and Michael Monaghan in an attempt to instil greater urgency into his struggling side.
However, in the 59th minute the visitors doubled their lead when Grant Shenton produced a brilliant reflex save to parry a back-
Trafford were failing to make any inroads into the well-
Heeley then miskicked completely at the back post following a cross from the left and Trafford’s misery was complete in the dying seconds when Aaron Burns blasted a free kick well over from 20 yards.
Trafford face another stern test on Saturday when they travel to play fourth placed Bamber Bridge before hosting league leaders Scarborough Athletic on February 3rd.
Saturday 13th January 2018 Glossop North End 1 v 1 Trafford
ONE LEAGUE DEFEAT IN SEVENTEEN GAMES !
Glossop North End 1 v 1 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Chris Palmer, Lee Neville, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Keil O’Brien, Jack Dorney, Scott Sephton, Aaron Burns,
Josh Amis, James Dean.
SUBS: Michael Monaghan for Amis (27), Mark Derbyshire for Burns (77),
Andy Keogh, Sean Yeldrem, Mason Mostyn.
GLOSSOP NORTH END SCORER: Jones (71)
TRAFFORD SCORER: Burns (18)
Trafford extended their unbeaten run to six games with a tremendously hard earned point from a pulsating clash at Surrey Street on Saturday.
The game was played at a break-
Just sixty seconds later Glossop left winger Zeph Thomas squandered an unbelievable chance when he failed to convert a Callum Chippendale cross from just two yards and the end-
In the 18th minute Trafford forged ahead when Chris Palmer pulled the ball back to James Dean and his shot from 15 yards was bundled home by Aaron Burns from point blank range.
Lee Neville then volleyed over after Keil O’Brien had nodded the ball into his path but there were few chances for the remainder of the first half as both defences dominated.
In the 54th minute Trafford substitute Michael Monaghan was harshly adjudged to have tripped Courtney Meppen-
And within a minute Trafford should have doubled their lead when Monaghan broke through in the inside left channel, saw his shot blocked by a Glossop defender and as the ball fell kindly to James Dean, the big striker was denied by a magnificent one-
The game became a contrast in styles as Trafford attempted to control the play with their neat, composed possession football whereas Glossop relied on the long ball that suited their bustling, bruising, high octane style.
However, it was from a set-
Back came Trafford and James Dean missed a great chance to restore their lead when he shot wide from eight yards before linking neatly with substitute Mark Derbyshire only for the latter to over-
Michael Monaghan poked his shot wide from 15 yards as both sides sought a winner but it was Glossop who finished the stronger with Callum Chippendale twice going close in the dying seconds.
The final whistle signalled the end of an enthralling encounter that means that Trafford have now lost just one of their last seventeen league games and they will be hoping to extend this run on Saturday when they entertain Brighouse Town at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.
Saturday 6th January 2018 Trafford 1 v 0 Ossett Albion
A STUNNING INJURY TIME GOAL SEALS THE POINTS
TRAFFORD 1 v 0 Ossett Albion
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Declan Rydings, Lee Neville, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Keil O’Brien, Jack Dorney, Chris Palmer, Aaron Burns,
Josh Amis, Michael Monaghan.
SUBS: Andy Keogh for Monaghan (54), James Dean for Langford (68),
Mark Derbyshire for Amis (88), Sean Yeldrem, Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORER: Dorney (92)
A stunning goal by Jack Dorney two minutes into injury time earned Trafford the points against a hard-
There were few clearcut chances in a disappointing first half with Trafford’s Michael Monaghan firing over in the 15th minute and Declan Rydings glancing a shot into the side-
Keil O’Brien superbly cut out a low cross by Ossett dangerman Aidan Chippendale and ex-
And it was Metcalfe who came closest to breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-
The visitors were on top at the start of the second half without threatening the home goal and Trafford manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Andy Keogh and the returning James Dean in an attempt to gain a grip on the game.
Steve Mason headed a Jack Dorney corner just wide of the far post, Josh Amis headed a Lee Neville cross high and wide and in the 75th minute a weak punch by Ossett keeper Brett Souter fell to Dean but he was slightly off balance and unable to get any power into his shot.
Keil O’Brien then saw his header cleared off the line as Trafford turned the screw but with the seconds ticking away a draw seemed inevitable.
However, in the 92nd minute Lee Neville launched a high ball forward to the edge of the Ossett penalty area, James Dean neatly chested the ball down and Jack Dorney arrived to curl a wonderful shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
Moments later the final whistle signalled a third successive 1-
Monday 1st January 2018 Atherton Collieries 0 v 1 Trafford
NINE POINTS OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD !
Atherton Collieries 0 v 1 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Declan Rydings, Louis Corrigan, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Keil O’Brien, Chris Palmer, Scott Sephton, Aaron Burns,
Mark Derbyshire, Michael Monaghan.
SUBS: Jack Dorney for Derbyshire (72), Andy Keogh for Burns (81),
Sean Yeldrem, Joshua Amis, Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORER: O’Brien (55).
Trafford made it three wins in a week over the Festive Period with an excellent 1-
The hosts were well on top in the opening stages with Bradley Cooke breaking clear in the 3rd minute only to be denied by a brilliant save by Grant Shenton.
Ben Hardcastle then struck a great drive from 25 yards just past the upright and in the 8th minute Trafford striker Aaron Burns saw his effort from close range saved by Greg Hartley.
In the 22nd minute Grant Shenton demonstrated his brilliance once again with a magnificent save to tip Luke Giverin’s wickedly curving free kick onto the crossbar and over, and the action continued down the other end when Michael Monaghan pulled the ball back from the dead-
Shenton produced another fine save to push Cooke’s low drive past the post and the first half ended with Colls left winger Matthew Fearnley flighting a shot just wide and blasting a drive that was deflected over the bar.
The second half saw Trafford with the slope and increasing wind in their favour and as the rain fell, Colls were finding it difficult to clear the ball with any length and direction.
And in the 55th minute Trafford broke the deadlock when Louis Corrigan swung a free kick in from the left, Colls failed to clear and Keil O’Brien pounced to steer the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
Luke Giverin then went close on two occasions as the hosts mounted a spirited fightback but Michael Monaghan should have sealed the points in the 77th minute when he broke clear only to be denied by a brave block by Hartley.
Five minutes later Monaghan neatly back-
The final minutes saw Trafford holding onto their lead with another excellent defensive display with the imperious Shenton remaining relatively untroubled in his goal.
Trafford will be hoping to build on their fine form over Christmas when they entertain Ossett Albion on Saturday at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m
Saturday 30th December 2017 Trafford 1 v 0 Mossley
2017 ENDS IN 1 DEFEAT IN 14 LEAGUE GAMES !
TRAFFORD 1 v 0 Mossley
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Chris Palmer, Delcan Rydings, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Paul Linwood, Brian Summerskill, Scott Sephton,
Josh Amis, Mark Derbyshire, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Keil O’Brien for Linwood (46), Aaron Burns for Derbyshire (63),
Michael Monaghan for Summerskill (63), Louis Corrigan, Sean Yeldrem.
TRAFFORD SCORER: Burns (71pen)
Aaron Burns came off the bench to net a 71st minute penalty and earn Trafford the points from a hard fought encounter at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Saturday.
In a defence dominated first half, goal-
Martin saved again just before half time when he parried a 20 yard drive by Dorney and in the 52nd minute Josh Amis volleyed over the Mossley crossbar from 10 yards.
Jamie McLellan fired inches wide from 15 yards in what was Mossley’s first real chance and in the 63rd minute Trafford manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Aaron Burns and Michael Monaghan in an attempt to add more spark to the home attack.
And within eight minutes this move paid dividends as Monaghan’s surging run into the Mossley penalty area ended with a clumsy foul by Martin and Burns coolly stepped forward to plant the resultant spot-
Mossley threw everything forward in an effort to salvage something from the game but the Trafford defence held firm, superbly marshalled by Steve Mason, and the visitors were restricted to just one chance two minutes into injury time when Michael Fish glanced a header wide at the back post.
This victory meant that Trafford finished 2017 on a high note with just one defeat from 14 games and they will be hoping to build on this in the New Year when they battle for a play-
Tuesday 26th December 2017 Trafford 3 v 0 Radcliffe Borough
A BOXING DAY TREAT FOR THE HOME FANS
TRAFFORD 3 v 0 Radcliffe Borough
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Chris Palmer, Louis Corrigan, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Paul Linwood, Jack Dorney, Brian Summerskill,
Josh Amis, Mark Derbyshire, Michael Monaghan.
SUBS: Aaron Burns for Derbyshire (68), Sean Yeldrem for Monaghan (88), Tom Baker, Danny Caldecott, Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Derbyshire (41), Mason (59), Summerskill (90)
Trafford provided a Boxing Day treat for their fans with a superbly committed and skilful display against Radcliffe Borough at Shawe View.
The hosts attacked from the start with Michael Monaghan heading against the upright in the 9th minute following a fine cross from the right by Andy Langford.
Jack Dorney volleyed wide after a sweeping move and in the 26th minute an in-
The visitors were playing with plenty of guts and spirit and on the half hour mark Enoch Lukoy-
Trafford were finally rewarded for their superiority in the 41st minute when Jack Dorney found Amis on the right flank and his pinpoint low cross into the penalty area was met by a neat volley by Mark Derbyshire past Kyle Haslam.
An amazing goalmouth scramble on the stroke of half-
The second half began in a similar fashion with Summerskill and Dorney controlling the midfield and in the 59th minute Steve Mason made it 2-
It was now all Trafford and Haslam produced fine saves to thwart Derbyshire and Amis before substitute Aaron Burns saw his goal-
Michael Monaghan headed inches over but Boro almost reduced the arrears in the 84th minute when Ben Seol cracked a low drive that was held at full length by Grant Shenton.
Louis Corrigan then skied his shot well over from a good position following more good work by Josh Amis but the scoring was completed three minutes into injury time when Boro could only half clear another Trafford attack and the ball fell to Brian Summerskill who struck a superb low drive into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Saturday 23rd December 2017 South Shields 2 v 2 Trafford
TRAFFORD STUN LEADERS HOME RECORD
South Shields 2 v 2 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Chris Palmer, Louis Corrigan, Andy Langford, Steve Mason, Paul Linwood, Jack Dorney, Brian Summerskill,
Joshua Amis, Michael Monaghan, Declan Rydings.
SUBS: Mark Derbyshire for Amis (71), Aaron Burns for Monaghan (79),
Andy Keogh, Sean Yeldrem, Mason Mostyn.
SOUTH SHIELDS SCORERS: Briggs (35), Finnigan (69)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Corrigan (72), Derbyshire (90)
Trafford stunned South Shields with two late goals that brought the league leaders 100% home record to an end.
The hosts had won all seven of their games at Mariners Park and started this game oozing with confidence, Carl Finnigan firing just wide from 15 yards and Robert Briggs blasting a long range drive that was well held by Grant Shenton.
Trafford were defending with great discipline and leaving new signing Josh Amis to fight a lone battle up front and they were somewhat unfortunate to fall behind in the 35th minute when Jack Dorney mistimed a clearance and Robert Briggs crashed a magnificent drive from 30 yards into the top corner past the helpless Shenton.
Briggs almost doubled the lead four minutes later when his free kick from 25 yards cannoned back into play off the upright and another pile-
The second half started in a similar vein with Trafford seemingly intent on damage limitation and the Mariners dominating possession.
Craig Baxter and Matthew Pattison fired inches wide and Shenton produced another fine save to thwart Finnigan.
Jack Dorney strode forward in the 62nd minute and unleashed a magnificent drive from 25 yards that Liam Connell tipped over the crossbar but seven minutes later Finnigan made it 2-
The game appeared to be over but Trafford then conjured a goal out of nothing when a long ball out of defence fell to Louis Corrigan and he blasted a great angled volley from 20 yards past Connell.
Matthew Pattison then drove a shot into the side-
In the 81st minute an audacious free kick by Louis Corrigan from just inside his own half flew inches over the Mariners crossbar with goalkeeper Connell stranded and the game became fragmented with a number of petty challenges.
However, deep into injury time Trafford skipper Chris Palmer made a darting run down the right flank and sent over a wicked cross that fell to substitute Mark Derbyshire who joyfully netted from six yards.
Despite referee East adding several further minutes of injury time, the final whistle signalled an incredible draw for Tom Baker’s side who at one point appeared to be heading for a crushing defeat.
Trafford will now be looking to build on this result with two home games in the space of five days, Radcliffe Borough visiting Shawe View on Boxing Day, and Mossley being the visitors on Saturday. Both games kick off at 3 p.m.
Saturday 9th December 2017 Hyde United 6 v 1 Trafford
UNBEATEN LEAGUE RUN ENDS IN A THRASHING
Hyde United 6 v 1 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Ally Brown, Louis Corrigan, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Paul Linwood, Chris Palmer, Scott Sephton, Andy Keogh,
Brian Summerskill, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Michael Monaghan for Linwood (51), Mark Derbyshire for Keogh (51), Aaron Burns for Summerskill (65), Declan Rydings, Sean Yeldrem.
HYDE UNITED SCORES: Pratt (15, 48), Jones (35), Beadle (36),
Brown (76, 87).
TRAFFORD SCORER: Dorney (18)
Trafford’s ten game unbeaten league run came to an end on Saturday when they were thrashed 6-
Tom Baker’s side hadn’t tasted defeat since their 2-
However, in the 15th minute, Hyde striker Tom Pratt was allowed to turn and shoot by some slack defending in a packed penalty area and although Grant Shenton got a hand to the ball he was unable to prevent it from trickling over the line.
Trafford were level inside four minutes when the hosts failed to clear a right wing corner and Jack Dorney fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area that took a deflection and looped over goalkeeper Peter Crook.
Steve Mason headed straight at Crook from close range shortly afterwards and Grant Shenton produced a brilliant save to tip a Matthew Beadle drive past the upright.
In the 35th minute Hyde regained the lead when Luke Porritt floated a glorious cross to the back post where Karl Jones rose above Mason and headed past Shenton, and two minutes later a mazy run by Jones, ended with a poor clearance by Paul Linwood that allowed Beadle to crash a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
Hyde were now in the ascendancy and Karl Jones struck the post with an audacious piece of skill before Tyrone Gay’s close range header was bravely saved by Shenton.
Disaster struck for Trafford just three minutes into the second half when centre back Andy Langford was uncharacteristically caught in possession inside his own penalty area and Matthew Beadle blasted a great drive into the top corner to make it 4-
The visitors were dispirit4d and despondent and with the snow falling heavily they were praying for an abandonment.
But it wasn’t to be and two goals by substitute David Brown in the 76th and 87th minutes, both the result of catastrophic defending, completed the scoring.
Trafford will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host Skelmersdale United at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m., before embarking on a busy schedule over the festive period that sees them play four games in nine days.
Tuesday 5th December 2017 Abbey Hey 2 v 3 Trafford (M/c Premier Cup)
TRAFFORD REACH PREMIER CUP SEMI FINAL
Abbey Hey 2 v 3 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Grant Shenton, Sean Yeldrem, Louis Corrigan, Andy Langford,
Steve Mason, Paul Linwood, Kingsley Williams, Brian Summerskill,
Aaron Burns, Andy Keogh, Michael Monaghan.
SUBS: Keil O’Brien for Summerskill (54), Mark Derbyshire,
ABBEY HEY SCORERS: Young (67), Watling (90)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Keogh (37, 69), Burns (82)
Trafford battled through to the Semi Final of the Manchester Premier Cup on Tuesday night with a hard fought victory at Abbey Hey.
The visitors dominated possession for long spells but it was Abbey who had the best chance in the opening stages when Jonathan Hardy broke clear but was denied by a brave save by Grant Shenton.
At the other end Andy Keogh’s angled drive was blocked by Andrew Smith and from the resultant corner Steve Mason volleyed over from eight yards.
Trafford finally forged ahead in the 37th minute when Brian Summerskill cracked a low drive from 20 yards that Ross Heywood could only parry and Andy Keogh followed up to tap home.
The hosts proved to be tenacious opponents throughout and they equalised in the 67th minute when slack marking allowed David Young to power a header past Shenton following a right wing corner.
However, within two minutes Trafford were back in front when a long ball out of defence by Louis Corrigan allowed Andy Keogh to skip past Heywood and guide the ball into the empty net.
Keogh almost completed his hat-
In the 82nd minute Aaron Burns made it 3-
However, the spirited hosts thought differently and in the 90th minute Watling was allowed too much space to drill his shot into the far corner from 20 yards.
Despite a late flurry, Trafford held on to their lead and now face a Semi Final Tie at Droylsden in February.
On Saturday, Tom Baker’s side return to league action with a trip to Hyde United, kick off 3 p.m.