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Match Reports

Saturday 8th December 2018  Market Drayton Town 1 v 4 Trafford


Market Drayton Town 1 v 4 TRAFFORD    

Evo Stik NPL West Division

TEAM: Dave Carnell, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Andy Langford,

Ben Harrison, Curtis Jones, Ross Davidson, Harry Winter, Aaron Burns,

Lewis Nightingale, Darius Palma.

SUBS: Declan Rydings for Palma (60), Ally Brown for Burns (86),

Jimmy Moore for Nightingale (86), Jack Dorney, Danny Wilkins.


TRAFFORD SCORERS: Palma (17, 32, 34), Burns (38)

Darius Palma

Ross Davidson

A sensational seventeen minute hat-trick by Darius Palma paved the way for Trafford’s comfortable 4-1 victory at Market Drayton on Saturday.

The visitors started brightly with recent signing Lewis Nightingale prominent and the first chance was created in the 9th minute when an Andy Langford volley was deflected wide.

Eight minutes later Aaron Burns created the opening goal with a deep cross beyond the back post that Matty Bryan coolly knocked inside allowing Palma to net at the second attempt.

Lewis Nightingale drove over from 25 yards and Burns half-volleyed inches wide of the upright whilst at the other end Trafford keeper Dave Carnell spectacularly tipped a thundering header by Daniel Beddows over the crossbar.

In the 32nd minute Burns flicked a header into the path of Darius Palma who broke clear of the home defence and coolly slotted the ball past the advancing Ash Rawlins to make it 2-0.

Two minutes later Palma completed an incredible hat-trick when he met a low cross by Matty Bryan with a first time drive that flew into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Trafford were in rampant form and in the 38th minute Nightingale was tripped by Matthew Ballard and Aaron Burns slotted the resultant penalty past Rawlins for the fourth.

Rawlins then blocked a Burns effort with his legs and a totally one sided half came to an end with Burns heading onto the roof of the net following yet another cross from the left by Matty Bryan.

The second half began in a similar vein to the first with Tom Baker’s side firmly in control and a fine move down the left ended with Aaron Burns glancing the ball just past the far post.

Rawlins then made a fine reflex save to deny Palma a fourth goal and Burns missed two great chances from close range.

And in the 60th minute Burns should have made it five when he was tripped by Louis Irvine but blasted the resultant penalty miles over the crossbar!

The remainder of the game was a disappointment as complacency crept into Trafford’s play and a number of substitutions appeared to hamper their fluency.

In the 71st minute they were punished for their lethargy when they failed to clear a free kick and Andy Hartlebury stole in to fire past Carnell from close range.

Within a minute Market Drayton had the ball in the net again but Trafford’s blushes were spared by a linesman’s flag and the only other chance of any note came in the 80th minute when Lewis Nightingale’s low drive was deflected wide.

This victory moves Trafford up into fifth place in the EvoStik League West Division and they will be hoping to collect three more points on Saturday when they entertain Kidsgrove Athletic at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.