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Saturday 8th December 2018 Market Drayton Town 1 v 4 Trafford
DARIUS HITS HAT-
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.
MARKET DRAYTON TOWN SCORER: Hartlebury (71)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Palma (17, 32, 34), Burns (38)
A sensational seventeen minute hat-
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-
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-
Two minutes later Palma completed an incredible hat-
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.
Tuesday 4th December 2018 Droylsden 2 v 2 Trafford ( Trafford won 7-
TRAFFORD THROUGH TO THE QUARTER FINALS
Droylsden 2 v 2 TRAFFORD (Trafford won 7-
Integro League Cup Third Round
TEAM: Daniel Whiting, Ally Brown, Matty Bryan, Ross Davidson,
Curtis Jones, Ben Harrison, Jack Dorney, Harry Winter, Danny Wilkins,
Declan Rydings, Darius Palma.
SUBS: Aaron Burns for Wilkins (58), Andy Langford for Dorney (70),
DROYLSDEN SCORER: Caddick (35, 53)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Bryan (49), Burns (77)
Trafford secured a place in the Quarter Finals of the Integro League Cup with a thrilling penalty shoot-
A superb game played between two attack minded sides began with the hosts on the front foot and Trafford’s debutant goalkeeper Daniel Whiting making a fine early save to thwart Mike Brewster.
Droylsdendangerman Sefton Gonzales then headed over at the back post before the Bloods took the lead in the 35th minute when Shaquille Antoine Clarke skipped past Jack Dorney on the right and cross for Liam Caddick to glance the ball past Whting.
Caddick almost made it two shortly afterwards before Trafford conjured their best move of the half when Ally Brown broke free down the right and pulled the ball back into the path of Dorney who shot weakly at Chris Thompson.
Within four minutes of the restart Tom Baker’s side levelled when Matty Bryan’s cross from the left completely deceived Thompson and went in via the back post.
However, Droylsden pushed forward once more to regain their lead, Luke Daly firing against the foot of the post and Caddick following up to volley home from six yards.
Caddick had a glorious chance to seal the tie and complete his hat-
And the introduction of substitute Aaron Burns appeared to breathe fire into the visitors as they dominated the closing stages, Matty Bryan seeing a goal wiped out controversially for offside before Burns equalised in the 77th minute when he coolly slotted home past the advancing Thompson.
Both teams attacked at every opportunity in the final minutes nut neither could manufacture a clear opening and so the tie went straight to a penalty shoot-
Trafford feared the worst when the normally deadly Burns fired the first penalty against the foot of the post but a Phil Marsh miss levelled matters.
Both teams scored their next six penalties with great precision as the shoot-
Saturday 1st December 2018 Trafford 3 v 4 Droylsden
FIRST LEAGUE DEFEAT SINCE EARLY SEPTEMBER
TRAFFORD 3 v 4 Droylsden
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Dave Carnell, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Curtis Jones,
Ben Harrison, Keil O'Brien, Andy Langford, Harry Winter, Aaron Burns,
Lewis Nightingale, Danny Wilkins.
SUBS: Jack Dorney for Harrison (62), Ally Briwn for Winter (70),
Darius Palma for Wilkins (73), Declan Rydings, Ross Davidson.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Wilkins (4), Nightingale (67), Palmer (87)
DROYLSDEN SCORERS: Gonzales (9, 53), Caddick (16), Brewster (83p)
Trafford suffered their first league defeat since 1st September on Saturday when they were beaten 4-
Tom Baker’s side made the perfect start when, after just four minutes, Harry Winter’s lofted pass was only half cleared and Danny Wilkins volleyed neatly into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Chris Palmer almost made it two a minute later but shot over from eight yards and in the 9th minute the Bloods levelled when Sefton Gonzales headed in a right wing corner from six yards.
Droylsden were playing with plenty of pace and purpose and forged ahead in the 16th minute when a slick move down the right ended with Liam Caddick volleying past Dave Carnell from close range.
Both teams were pushing forward at every opportunity with Trafford’s Keil O’Brien and Aaron Burns going close and Caddick heading over from a good position for the Bloods.
On the stroke of half-
The visitors dominated the opening minutes of the second half with dangerman Sefton Gonzales firing just past the far post before making it 3-
Trafford battled gamely to get back into the game and in the 67th minute Lewis Nightingale reduced the arrears when he struck a superb free kick from 20 yards into the bottom corner.
Droylsden keeper Chris Thompson then held a swerving drive by the menacing Nightingale before, in the 83rd minute, Keil O’Brien upended Shaquille Antoine-
Once again Trafford showed great spirit and four minutes later Chris Palmer bundled the ball home from close range after Aaron Burns broke free down the left.
But time ran out for the hosts and their magnificent twelve game unbeaten run came to an end against deserved winners.
The two teams now meet again on Tuesday night at the Butchers Arms in the Third Round of the Integro League Cup before Trafford travel to Market Drayton on Saturday hoping to get their league title aspirations back on track.
Saturday 24th November 2018 Glossop North End 0 v 0 Trafford
Glossop North End 0 v 0 TRAFFORD
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: David Carnell, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Curtis Jones,
Ben Harrison, Kiel O'Brien, Andy Langford, Harry Winter, Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Declan Rydings
SUBS: Lewis Nightingale for Ellis (35), Danny Wilkins for Rydings (57),
Jack Dorney for Ben Harrison (73), Ross Davidson, James Moore.
Trafford slipped to sixth place in the EvoStik League West Division following Saturday's disappointing goal-
The uneven playing surface made creative possession football very difficult and Glossop's physical, aggressive and at times defensive approach, prevented Trafford from playing in their usual free-
Neither goalkeeper was tested in a dour first half in which the only attempts at goal were a long range drive by Trafford midfielder Harry Winter and a shot by home striker Dominic Marie, both of which flew over.
A deep cross by Matty Bryan to the back post was a moment of rare quality but Chris Palmer failed to connect properly and the danger was cleared.
The second half was hardly any better as both defences dominated and after Trafford's Aaron Burns fired an angled drive just over, Lewis Nightingale wasted a free kick from a great position with a weak effort into the defensive wall.
Nightingale screwed his shot wide after neat work by Burns and the game erupted in the 76th minute when Glossop substitute Mitch Bryan stupidly kicked out at Andy Langford and was immediately red-
Despite this, the ten men of Glossop held on to claim a point with relative ease, the visitors only chance of any note being a header by Andy Langford that was blocked by a home defender with Aaron Burns almost inevitably blasting the rebound well over.
The final whistle signalled a third consecutive and frustrating draw for Tom Baker's side and they will be hoping to arrest this sequence on Saturday when they host Droylsden at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.
Saturday 17th November 2018 Newcastle Town 3 v 3 Trafford
TRAFFORD SQUANDER THREE GOAL LEAD
Newcastle Town 3 v 3 TRAFFORD
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Joao Mendes, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Andy Langford,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Declan Rydings, Harry Winter,
Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Lewis Nightingale for Burns (74), Ross Davidson for Winter (79),
Lee Wilshaw for Dorney (90), Darius Palma.
NEWCASTLE TOWN SCORERS: Conlon (80), Smith (88), Dennis (90+3)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Heathcote (37), O'Brien (68), Burns (73)
After totally dominating the game for 80 minutes, Trafford squandered a three goal lead and somehow shared the spoils at Newcastle on Saturday.
The visitors attacked from the start and after only 18 seconds Matty Bryan low drive was held by Matt Johnson.
A Keil O'Brien header was blocked on the line as Trafford sought the opening goal and in the 17th minute an incredible goalmouth scramble saw Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney and Harry Winter all going close.
Trafford won a succession of corners and free kicks and deservedly took the lead in the 37th minute when centre back Sam Heathcote strode forward and unleashed a superb low drive from 25 yards that flew into the bottom corner.
The second half began in a similar vein with Harry Winter controlling the midfield and in the 55th minute Aaron Burns should have made it two when he shot against Johnson from point blank range after great work by Liam Ellis on the right.
Ellis screwed a shot wide of the far post shortly afterwards but in the 68th minute Trafford doubled their lead when Jack Dorney fed Keil O'Brien who coolly fired into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
Dorney's thunderbolt from 25 yards was tipped over and Liam Ellis shot past the near post as Trafford threatened to run riot and in the 73rd minute Aaron Burns made it three when he headed home at the back post following a piercing cross by Matty Bryan.
The game appeared to be over as a contest and in the 79th minute Harry Winter was substituted after a majestic performance in the centre of midfield.
However, this seemed to give the initiative to Newcastle and two minutes late Mike Conlon collected the ball in midfield and cracked a great drive into the top corner from 25 yards.
Trafford pulled players back into defensive positions and allowed Newcastle to push forward and in the 88th minute Chris Smith made it 3-
The hosts were now in the ascendancy and three minutes into injury time Trafford only half cleared a free kick and Luke Dennis blasted a wonderful drive from 25 yards past Joao Mendes and into the top corner.
The Trafford supporters looked on in disbelief as the final whistle sounded seconds later to signal a disastrous result for a Trafford side that had been so impressive and dominant for most of the game.
However, Tom Baker's side are still in third position in the EvoStik League West Division and will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Glossop North End.
Wednesday 14th November 2018 Trafford 0 v 1 Radcliffe (M/c Premier Cup)
DREAMS OF ANOTHER PREMIER CUP FINAL GONE
TRAFFORD 0 v 1 Radcliffe
Frank Hannah M/c Premier Cup Quarter Final
Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Ross Davidson, Andy Langford,
Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Dontai Gabidon.
SUBS: Declan Rydings for Burns (59), Ben Elliott for Gabidon (59),
Jack Dorney, Rory Fallon.
RADCLIFFE SCORER: Lacy (62)
Radcliffe deservedly won through to the Manchester Premier Cup Semi Final with a confident and assured display at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Wednesday night.
A close fought start to the game saw a Keil O’Brien header cleared off the Radcliffe line with Lee Wilshaw nodding the rebound onto the roof of the net.
Radcliffe striker Ben Wharton then flighted an audacious lob from 40 yards that Matty Cooper clawed back from underneath his crossbar before Scott Metcalfe curled a free kick inches wide from 25 yards as the visitors took control.
‘Boro striker Elliot Rokka cracked a great drive from 30 yards just past the engle of post and crossbar and the half ended with Lewis Lacy heading over from just eight yards.
The visitors continued to push forward in the opening stages of the second half with Cooper producing an excellent one-
Trafford were playing with plenty of spirit and endeavour but lacked a cutting edge and visiting keeper Ollie Martin was rarely troubled.
And the final whistle signalled the end of their dreams of a second successive final in the Premier Cup with the focus now falling on Saturday’s vital league encounter at Newcastle Town.
Saturday 10th November 2018 Trafford 1 v 1 Widnes
MISSED CHANCES COST TRAFFORD
TRAFFORD 1 v 1 Widnes
Evo Stik NPL West Division
Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Sam Heathcote,
Ben Harrison, Keil O'Brien, Declan Rydings, Andy Langford, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Ross Davidson for Harrison (20), Mark Derbyshire for Burns (83),
Darius Palma, for Dorney (83), Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORER: Davidson (60)
WIDNES SCORER: Webster (81)
Trafford were left to rue missed chances as they were held to a 1-
After a frenetic start, the first chance fell to Trafford in the 14th minute when an Aaron Burns free kick was brilliantly tipped past the post by Owen Wheeler.
Manager Tom Baker was forced to make an early change when centre back Ben Harrison withdrew with a muscle injury in the 20th minute, Andy Langford slotting into the back line and substitute Ross Davidson moving into the midfield.
Despite these changes, the hosts continued to dominate and in the 24th minute Jack Dorney struck a sweet half-
Widnes were playing with lots of confidence and determination and in the 33rd minute their dangerman Ben Hodkinson set off on a great run down the left that ended with a shot into the side-
Matty Bryan couldn’t direct his header downwards as Liam Ellis floated a cross in from the left and three minutes into the second half Sam Heathcote went close with a free kick that flew inches wide.
In the 58th minute Jack Dorney was once again denied by the woodwork when his exquisite chip from the left rebounded into play off the back post but two minutes later Trafford were finally rewarded for their superiority when Dorney’s left wing corner was headed home from six yards by the unmarked Ross Davidson.
Liam Ellis should have doubled Trafford’s lead in the 68th minute when a superb run took him past three defenders but he screwed his shot wide from 15 yards.
Widnes were still very much in the game and in the 81st minute they shocked the home supporters with the equaliser, Hodkinson creating the danger out on the left and crossing for substitute George Webster to drive home from 10 yards.
Trafford immediately introduced substitutes Mark Derbyshire and Darius Palma and piled forward in search of the winner.
Widnes keeper Wheeler brilliantly pushed a Derbyshire header past the upright and two minutes into injury time the giant Trafford striker should have done better but mistimed his header from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.
Despite dropping two points, Trafford retained third place in the EvoStik League West Division but face another stern test on Saturday when they travel to old rivals Newcastle Town.
Saturday 3rd November 2018 Colne 0 -
AWAY WIN MOVES TRAFFORD INTO THIRD PLACE
Colne 0 v 1 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison, Sam Heathcote, Declan Rydings, Andy Langford,
Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Ross Davidson for Ellis (46), Mark Derbyshire for Dorney (65),
Darius Palma for Burns (75), Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORER: Harrison (18)
The visitors started strongly with Declan Rydings floating a chip goalwards in the first minute that goalkeeper Hakan Burton held at full stretch.
In the 14th minute Rydings was desperately unlucky not to give Trafford the lead when his diving header following a Chris Palmer cross rattled the crossbar.
Four minutes later, however, Tom Baker's side took a deserved lead when Jack Dorney floated a right wing corner to the near post and on-
Shortly afterwards Harrison carelessly gave the ball away in his own half but Colne dangerman Alex Curran screwed his shot hopelessly wide.
Trafford were comfortably in control with Andy Langford dominating the midfield and the back three of Sam Heathcote, Ben Harrison and Lee Wilshaw providing the platform from which they could mount attack after attack.
And in the 49th minute Aaron Burns should have made it 2-
Jack Dorney cracked a free kick across the face of the Colne goal that Ben Harrison failed to control at the back post and in an attempt to force their way back into the game, the hosts made a triple substitution in the 62nd minute.
However, this move appeared to backfire on Colne when, just minutes later, Jonathan Hodgkinson lunged into a tackle on Davidson but came off second best and was carried off.
For the remainder of the game the ten men of Colne were magnificent, dominating possession and forcing Trafford onto the defensive.
Bradley Knox fired wide from 15 yards and Trafford were defending for their lives.
On several occasions Trafford threatened a second goal on the breakaway but a careless final ball let them down.
And it was with a mixture of relief and elation that the visitors, and their wonderful, vociferous travelling supporters, greeted the final whistle that signalled a tremendous victory that stretches their unbeaten league run to eight games.
On Saturday Trafford will be hoping to make that nine games without defeat when they host Widnes at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.
Tuesday 30th October 2018 Trafford 0 v 0 Clitheroe (Trafford win 5-
PENALTY SHOOT OUT PUTS TRAFFORD THROUGH
TRAFFORD 0 v 0 Clitheroe (TFC won 5-
Integro League Cup Second Round
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison,Keil O'Brien, Laurence Taylor, Ross Davidson, Liam Ellis,
Matty Bryan, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Sam Heathcote for O'Brien (46), Declan Rydings for Palma (58),
Andy Langford for Dorney (68), Mark Derbyshire.
A cold night saw a modest turnout at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Tuesday and it took a while for the action to warm up on the pitch. Trafford were forced into a change before kick off with Chris Palmer promoted from the bench to start ahead of Jimmy Moore, who was injured in the warm-
The opening exchanges were cagey, Clitheroe having the best of the action with Harry Cannon-
This seemed to wake Trafford up and Darius Palma missed the opportunity to get on the score sheet. He lost his marker in the box and turned sharply to blast high and wide of the right upright from inside the 6 yard box. In the 40th minute Ross Davidson rose highest to put Liam Ellis through but his scuffed shot was scrambled away by the 'keeper. Trafford ended the half in control, but Kiel O'Brien's shot from a corner in added time was dragged wide.
Trafford were getting plenty of space down the right and Chris Palmer linked well with Declan Rydings to create more chances. However, Cameron Terry was resolute in the Clitheroe goal. Perhaps with the thought of penalties looming, Clitheroe rallied and the hosts had Matt Cooper to thank in the 86th minute when he tipped over a breakaway shot from Josh Gregory. Clitheroe had another chance to win it, but Max Hazeldine struck the corner of the goal frame from 6 yards. Trafford had a last gasp chance of their own on the whistle, but Palmer was unable to finish after being released by Ellis.
The League Cup format dictated that the game went straight to penalties and neither team were willing to concede. All of the first four rounds of spot kicks were converted with confidence, leaving the final kicks to decide the game. Sam Heathcote strode up and despatched his shot into the corner. It was left to Matt Cooper to become the night's hero, diving to his right to keep out Jacob Gregory's effort and win the tie for the hosts.
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Chasetown 0 v 2 Trafford
COMFORTABLE WIN AWAY FROM HOME
Chasetown 0 v 2 TRAFFORD
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Declan Rydings, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison, Keil O'Brien, Andy Langford, Ross Davidson, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Matty Bryan for Palma (67), Laurence Taylor for Harrison (71),
Danny Wilkins for Burns (77), Mark Derbyshire, Sam Heatahcote.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Dorney (10), Burns (49)
Trafford totally outplayed struggling Midland outfit Chasetown on Tuesday night to secure a comfortable 2-
Playing with great spirit and energy throughout, Tom Baker's side took the lead after just ten minutes when Aaron Burns bravely challenged for a long pass downfield and the ball fell to Jack Dorney who side-
Trafford appealed in vain for a penalty when Spencer Gunnell appeared to catch Burns with a reckless challenge and home goalkeeper Curtis Pond saved at the foot of the post to deny Liam Ellis.
Visiting keeper Matt Cooper had to wait until the 40th minute before he was called upon to make a save, Jake Lovatt firing in an angled snapshot from 18 yards that Cooper parried.
Liam Ellis screwed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area just before the interval but made amends four minutes into the second half when he released Aaron Burns down the middle and the deadly striker netted at the second attempt to make it 2-
The remainder of the game belonged entirely to Trafford as they retained possession with ease and made Chasetown chase shadows.
But despite being in total control they failed to add to their goal tally and had to settle for a 2-
Trafford are without a game on Saturday but entertain Clitheroe on Tuesday at the First Point Shawe View Stadium for an Integro League Cup Second Round Tie kicking off at 7-